Dave set to collaborate with Sir David Attenborough on new wildlife special

Acclaimed film composer Hans Zimmer is also contributing to the musical special...

03.08.20

Words by: Billy Ward

Dave and Sir David Attenborough are collaborating on a new BBC wildlife special, bringing together nature and music.

According to the BBC, the one-off episode titled ‘Planet Earth: A Celebration’, is designed to “lift viewer’s spirits during a time of international uncertainty” and will include footage from some of Attenborough’s previous shows.

Acclaimed film composer Hans Zimmer is also contributing to the musical special by reworking the original scores from ‘Planet Earth II’ and ‘Blue Planet II’ and adding a series of new compositions.

Attenborough has recorded brand new narration for the show, which is set to see Dave perform on a grand piano while the BBC Concert Orchestra take on the string section of the score.

“I’ve always been a fan of powerful natural history documentaries,” said Dave. “This is a programme where nature and music come together, so it was only right that I lent my talent, my time, and my attention to this project. It was a pleasure to work alongside Sir David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer.”

Also speaking about the new BBC special, Zimmer said: “Working with David on so many of his magnificent programs celebrating nature and our planet has been a joy for me. I am constantly inspired by what he is able to capture, and the collection of sequences featured in Planet Earth: A Celebration is truly special.”

‘Planet Earth: A Celebration’ is set to air on BBC One at the end of August.

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