David Attenborough's new show is likely to be his last on location
The series aims "to do for the wildlife of Britain and Ireland what the Planet series has done for the wildlife of the world".
Broadcaster and natural historian David Attenborough has a new show premiering next week in which he turns his attention to British and Irish wildlife.
Titled Wild Isles, the programme is presented by the 96-year-old and aims "to do for the wildlife of Britain and Ireland what the Planet series has done for the wildlife of the world".
While this makes the series a landmark event in itself, it could also be notable for another reason, with The Observer reporting that it is likely to be the last of the broadcaster's shows in which he is filmed on location.
Though a spokesperson for Attenborough told the outlet that the broadcaster still has plenty of projects in the pipeline and that he is definitely not retiring, The Observer states that he the natural historian is understood to have stopped travelling internationally.
As for Wild Isles, the programme was filmed over three years, with the BBC saying the show uses the very latest technology to "capture dramatic new behaviour, from battling butterflies to hunting sea eagles and killer whales - revealing a previously unseen wild side of the British Isles."
The five-part series will have an introductory episode, explaining why Britain and Ireland are globally important for nature. Then the remaining four episodes will celebrate the isles’ four key habitats: woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine.
“In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet. I can assure you that in the British Isles, as well as astonishing scenery, there are extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles to match anything I have seen on my global travels," Attenborough has said of the project.
Wild Isles will premiere on BBC One at 7 pm on 12 March. You can watch a trailer for the programme below:
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