Sir David Attenborough has narrated a new documentary about the earth during the pandemic.
The 94-year-old naturalist and broadcaster has teamed up with Apple TV+ for The Year Earth Changed, which looks at the positive impact of the global health crisis and will drop on the streaming service on April 16.
In a statement, Sir David said: ‘During this most difficult year many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it.
‘But the lockdown also created a unique experiment that has thrown light on the impact we have on the natural world.
‘The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference.’
Celebrating Earth Day, the upcoming special features new footage from around the world, including the sound of birdsong in deserted cities and capybaras in South American suburbs.
Sir David will reveal the way the earth has changed during the pandemic (Picture: Silverback Films 2020/BBC/Discovery via AP)
In a press release, Apple TV+ teased: ‘In the one-hour special, viewers will witness how changes in human behaviour — reducing cruise ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year, identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist — can have a profound impact on nature.’
The documentary is described as ‘a love letter to planet Earth, highlighting the ways nature bouncing back can give us hope for the future’.
It’s been produced by the BBC Studios Natural History Unit, with Tom Beard at the helm and Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper on board as executive producers.
Also confirmed this week are the second season for both Tiny World, narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd, and Tom Hiddleston’s Earth At Night In Colour.
Meanwhile, Sir David previously warned there has been a shift in his programme making to feature more ‘woe-is-me’ shows, even though his latest BBC One series Life in Colour – which was shot in the Maasai Mara reserve – allowed viewers to ‘rejoice’ in the natural world.
He explained: ‘You might say that, in the past, we’ve concentrated on an idealised world where the animals are plentiful and abundant and so on, but I don’t think you can accuse us of that these days.
‘In fact, the reverse is the case. I think a lot of people think we’re spending all our time saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, what a catastrophe faces us,” which is perfectly true.
‘But this series is about what it says it’s about, which is colour and yes, just being able to rejoice in it… I’m doing plenty of ‘woe-is-me’ programmes at the moment!’