Planet Earth II

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Planet Earth II has attracted audiences of up to 10.6 million. Photograph: David Willis/BBC

Thanks to the Guardian for this:

Planet Earth II a form of therapy for viewers, says Attenborough

Veteran broadcaster says blockbuster BBC nature show offers audiences respite from their concerns about the world

by Esther Addley

Millions of people are tuning into the BBC’s nature series Planet Earth II because they crave a respite from their concerns about the future of the planet, Sir David Attenborough has said.

The documentary series, which is narrated by the veteran broadcaster, has attracted up to 10.6 million viewers on BBC1, rivalling the numbers tuning in to watch blockbuster hits Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

In a piece for this week’s Radio Times, Attenborough writes that the programme’s viewers “are reconnecting with a planet whose beauty is blemished, whose health is failing, because they understand that our own wellbeing is inextricably linked to that of the planet’s”. The relationship, he says, is a form of “two-way therapy”.

The presenter compares the enormous audience figures to those of the previous BBC nature series Blue Planet, which premiered on 12 September 2001, the day after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Its audiences far exceeded expectations, Attenborough writes, because “as a nation we craved refuge from the horror and uncertainty”…

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