A Perfect Planet Producer Huw Cordey says acclaimed docuseries is ‘a celebration of our planet’


BBC’s A Perfect Planet is a five-part collection concerning the pure world, fragile ecosystems of earth, and the challenges the planet faces from, properly, people. Our trendy existence are based mostly on rapacious harvesting of pure assets leading to deforestation, overpopulation and so forth. We have made positive that in a 100 years, we might be on the brink of destruction.

A Perfect Planet is a stunningly shot and deftly edited docu-series. It not solely enthrals the viewer however makes them study their methods of life and the position they’ll play in preserving the pure world. It helps that Sir David Attenborough returns as a narrator, and his voice and diction stays as comforting as ever. He can learn a phone listing and nonetheless have our consideration. But the actual credit score for this documentary should go to those that truly captured the footage.

We sat down with producer Huw Cordey and talked concerning the thought behind the collection, how totally different it is from the documentaries he has labored prior to now, how the methods to seize the pure world have developed over time, and so forth.


What was the thought behind A Perfect Planet?

The thought behind the collection was to indicate how pure forces- the climate, the ocean currents, the volcanoes and the solar form our planet’s variety. So it’s sort of marrying earth sciences (how the earth works), with a form of basic blue chip pure historical past — intimate animal tales.

How is it totally different from different wildlife documentaries that you just’ve labored on prior to now?

I’ve labored on this trade for 20-30 years, that features many of the largest Natural History collection like Planet Earth. What we’ve tended to do is give attention to habitats within the jungles, mountains, oceans, and animal behaviour. What actually excited me about this was the mixture that I simply talked about, of Earth Sciences and blue chip pure historical past — no one’s carried out that earlier than. It’s a really contemporary narrative, during which we attempt to give an understanding as to how our planet works, whereas nonetheless working within the conventional discipline of superb animal tales and behavior.

How has filming animals modified from while you first began producing these documentaries?

Animal behaviour itself clearly doesn’t change. A lion nonetheless hunts a wildebeest beast as we speak, simply the identical means because it did 10,000 years in the past. So what modifications is the best way we truly seize these pictures. And it’s a really ingenious and a futuristic-looking half of the tv trade, as a result of we’ve obtained to maintain presenting these tales in new and thrilling methods. And know-how offers us that.

For instance, once I was doing Planet Earth, gyrostabilised cameras got here into our discipline of view cameras, they usually could possibly be placed on helicopters, and had lengthy lenses. So we could possibly be distant from the animals, however very gyrostabilised, so that they didn’t bounce round. We obtained these unbelievable sequences that no one had ever seen earlier than, from the air, with out disturbing the animals. The collection was capable of profit from a brand new know-how. To come again to A Perfect Planet, I’d say drone know-how, for instance, has actually come into its personal over the course of our undertaking. We began filming this collection in 2016. In the undertaking earlier than this one, you may get a drone within the air for only a few minutes, you realize, and it was fairly noisy, they had been fairly huge, they disturbed animals.

A pair of wildebeest run in golden mild because the solar rises over the plains of the Serengeti. (Photo: BBC One)

Now you may put one within the air for half an hour, it’s very small, doesn’t make a lot noise, and you will get a lot nearer to the animals with none disturbance. So it means that you can current animal behaviour in fully new and contemporary methods. And cameras get higher. There are evening cameras now that may movie below moonlight and the footage nonetheless seems to be vibrant. All that makes an enormous distinction.

What could be carried out on a private degree to protect the delicate steadiness that underpins the Earth?

Yes, that’s the message we need to get out. These pure forces are fragile, and they’re being destabilised by people. And it’s just because we’re burning fossil fuels. So we have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, we have to transfer in the direction of a greener economic system with extra recyclable vitality. This is one thing that each single particular person can participate in. People suppose ‘What can I do’, however actually, everyone could make a distinction. They can change their eating regimen, stroll extra, take bicycles to work, not waste as a lot. Not purchase as many issues. We can stress corporations and governments to maneuver to a extra sustainable society. Every single one of us has a chance to do one thing, irrespective of how small it is. The motion wants to start out at a person degree.

A Perfect Planet A wave crashes on the shore of Fernandina Island within the Galapagos. (Photo: BBC One)

What could be your message for the Indian audiences?

The message to the India is the identical as to everyone else: this is a celebration of our planet. Marvel at this unbelievable world we reside on the place issues are work so seamlessly and superbly. We have this superb planet and it’s the one planet on the earth on this within the universe, so far as we all know, with life, so we must always cherish it.

A Perfect Planet premieres in India on March 8 at 9 PM on Sony BBC Earth.


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