CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews Our Planet on Netflix 

Mail Online | 4/4/2019 | Christopher Stevens for the Daily Mail
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You’re going to need a bigger telly. The images in Sir David Attenborough’s new wildlife documentary series Our Planet, released today on Netflix, are the most spectacular that he’s ever presented in his 65-year career.

Tens of thousands of seabirds plunge like missiles into the ocean to ravage shoals of fish.

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Elephants trek across bone-dry lake beds, seen from on high like ants under the glare of a magnifying glass.

Whales play in their dozens in the churning seas off South Africa. Agile manakin birds in Central America perform nimble, synchronised dance steps worthy of a Motown group.

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Every sequence in this eight-part series is startling. When I chatted to one of the producers last month, he admitted that deciding what to include was the hardest job of his life – as it meant cutting footage that in many cases took two or three years to film. The standards here are breath-taking.

Highlights include a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of Arabian leopards mating, and Siberian tigers hunting prey.

Pictures - Toddler - Orangutan - Ants - Apes

There are heart-melting pictures of a toddler orangutan trying to raid an ants’ nest like the bigger apes do, and getting stung for his efforts.

Yet perhaps most unforgettable of all is the unique film of five cheetahs – usually lone hunters – working as a team to bring down a wildebeest. But the ravishing images are only half the story.

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More than any other series presented by Sir David, this one has an urgent ecological message about climate change, plastic pollution and the necessity for major reforms if we are to save our natural world.

Each episode focuses on a different habitat: grasslands, rainforests, the coastal seas, the ice caps and so on. The message is driven home that they all rely on each other, often in the most unexpected ways.


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