The executive producer of Planet Earth III has revealed Sir David Attenborough’s “obsession” from the latest round of shooting.
On Sunday, BBC One’s Planet Earth returns for a third season, with the first episode being entitled ‘Coasts’.
Sir David, 97, has served as the narrator of the documentary franchise since 2006 and has also voiced its predecessor, Blue Planet, since 2001.
Ahead of the third season dropping this weekend, the series’ producer, Mike Gunton, has revealed the “most amazing thing” the broadcaster had ever seen.
Speaking to Radio Times, Gunton said: “One of the things he is obsessed about is strange bird behaviour.
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“In the ‘Forests’ episode, there is a bonkers bird called a tragopan which does this insane display, and a supporting actor called a golden pheasant which does an equally bonkers dance.”
Quoting Sir David himself, Gunton continued: “He said ‘That [the golden pheasant dance] was the most amazing thing I have ever seen’.”
As per the publication, the tragopan is just one of the “extraordinary” things that the biologist has witnessed in his lifetime.
Excitingly, Sir David will also be detailing more wonders of the world via a new podcast, which is due to accompany the Planet Earth TV series.
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The upcoming show, which took nearly five years to film, will see camera operators interfering with wildlife in the ever-adapting world.
“People love saying there’s a rule – it’s a guideline. We are finding ourselves obliged to intervene in a way that we have not done in the past,” Gunton explained.
“If you see a turtle being strangled to death, dragging 20ft of rotting fishing net behind it, of course, you’ll try to rescue it. It’s ghastly, and if anyone wants to take me to task on that, then bring it on.”
The new series of Planet Earth was shot in 1,904 days across 43 different countries.
Via a BBC Press release, it’s stated that the eight-part series: “Follows some of the world’s most amazing species, telling extraordinary stories that are dramatic, thrilling, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but always full of hope.”
The first episode is titled ‘Coasts’, while the second and third will cover various species that live in settings such as the ocean, deserts and grasslands.
Episode four will tackle freshwater beasts while five and six are titled ‘Forests’ and ‘Extremes’, respectively.
The penultimate episode of Planet Earth III is entitled ‘Human’, while the final is called ‘Heroes’.
You can watch ‘Coasts’, the first episode of Planet Earth III on BBC One this Sunday, at 6.15pm.
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