4 May 2012 by Alex Stewart
Planet Earth Live starts on BBC1 on Sunday 6th May at 7.50pm and promises to be the ultimate global wildlife drama, featuring the daily events and dramas faced by real animals around the world in real time.
Presented by Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury, this global variation on the Springwatch format is a hugely ambitious project; traditional wildlife documentaries are filmed well in advance and edited carefully over many hours but here the popular Planet Earth format will be screened live from around the world three times a week, throughout May.
A show source announced, 'This is going to be huge. It won't just be for animal lovers either, it is a genuinely powerful project about life on earth.'
Future episodes will feature Hammond tracking lions and lion cubs on foot in Kenya's Masai Mara whilst Bradbury will follow black bears in Minnesota's North Woods. Additional teams will monitor grey whales off Baja, sea otters in California and Macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka, as these animals all have compelling stories at this time of year. Other animals set to star include lemurs and meerkats.
With footage from six different time zones set to be screened, David Weiland at the BBC observed, 'The culmination of ten years development and digital technological innovation from the BBC's Natural History Unit means our audiences will be part of this truly global viewing experience, where even the show's producers don't know what's going to happen next to this cast of truly incredible animals.'
Planet Earth Live starts Sunday 6 May at 7.50pm, on BBC1.
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