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'Blue Planet II' Live in Concert

David Attenborough's documentary will be narrated live by Joanna Lumley and accompanied by a live orchestral score.
By Lauren Vadnjal
December 24, 2018
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By Lauren Vadnjal
December 24, 2018
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Whether you're a big nature nerd or err on the indifferent side to the science of it all, chances are you've seen at least some of Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet. The BBC nature documentary series — narrated by the man himself and accompanied by an epic score from Hans Zimmer — first aired back in 2001, and its follow-up second season, Blue Planet II, was released just last year.

But the bits you've seen on TV or YouTube are sure to be belittled when the BBC brings the live show to Australia this April. Like the performances of Harry Potter and Star Wars we've seen in recent months, Blue Planet II Live in Concert will see the documentary screened in all its glory accompanied by a live orchestra. And it's a big score.

The music for Blue Earth II was composed by none other than Hans Zimmer (responsible for epics like The Lion KingGladiatorThe Dark Knight Rises and Inception) alongside Jacob Shea and David Fleming. In Australia, the score will be performed by three of the country's leading orchestras and, in lieu of Attenborough, Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley will be narrating in real time. 

The show will travel around Australia in March 2019, visiting Brisbane on Monday, March 11. In the meantime, you can watch ehe first season of Blue Planet on Netflix.

Image: Hugh Miller, copyright BBC NHU (2016).

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