Seven Worlds, One Planet
IMDb rating: 9.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%Watch full movie now
We’re living in extraordinary times, and in these times, you want a familiar authority figure to reassure you that everything is going to be okay. Enter Sir David Attenborough and this, the most highly rated factual series to come out of the UK last year: BBC doccie Seven Worlds, One Planet.
Two hundred million years ago, the Earth only had one supercontinent called Pangaea, entirely surrounded by ocean. Once Pangea began to break up, creating the seven continents (aka the “worlds” referred to in this series), an extraordinary and wonderful diversity developed on each. Unfortunately, much of this diversity is in danger of being lost today.
“We’re changing the world so rapidly that life is facing some of its greatest challenges yet. Never has there been a more important time to reveal the precious diversity of life on our seven continents,” says Sir David.
Seven Worlds, One Planet showcases utterly beautiful and simply astounding nature stories filmed across seven episodes, taking you (and the kids! sit them down on the couch with you for this one) on a breathtaking new revelation of nature from Antarctica and South America to Africa, North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
It’s the biggest natural history series on biodiversity ever produced – filming nearly an entire year in certain parts. The episodes were filmed for 158 days in Asia to a whopping 332 days in South America.
The product of four years of work by a team comprising 25 people, Seven Worlds, One Planet is the biggest series on biodiversity produced to date. The docuseries was filmed by 1 500 crew members globally, who filmed over 1 800 hours of footage from 90 shoots.
Each hour-long episode examines one of the world’s seven continents and the animals that live on them.
The last 10 minutes of each episode give viewers behind-the-scenes insight into the work that went into filming each episode. In the Africa episode, for example, viewers watch as the crew is faced with the possibility of being trampled by elephants in the dark. We’re also given a taste of the work that went into being present to witness the animals display new behaviours – like in the Australia episode where, for the first time ever on camera, a dingo was seen hunting kangaroos!
Seven Worlds, One Planet expires from DStv Now on 24 April 2020.