Sir David Attenborough will return to present a new series of Planet Earth, the BBC has confirmed.
The news comes after 10,000 fans of rapper Snoop Dogg signed a petition to have him front the series following his hilarious take on the show for Jimmy Kimmel Live late earlier this year.
But let’s face it, no-one was ever going to replace Sir David, however hilarious Snoop’s take was.
The 89-year-old will present a series of six one-hour natural history programmes that will go to air later this year.
And Sir David revealed he’s thrilled to be back working on the series, saying: “I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so.”
Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC TV channels and the iPlayer, said that the new series has taken three years to shoot with significant advances in filming technology since Planet Earth aired a decade ago.
“A decade on from Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, this new series promises to be an extraordinary experience for our audience,” she said.
The original series of Planet Earth was five years in the making, the most expensive series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in high definition.
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg himself had got on board with the petition to have him front the show, sharing a picture of the petition on his Instagram page with a caption reading: “Who made this? Let’s get this s**t going. Who want more #PlizzanetEarth?!”
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