A new Planet Earth natural history spectacular will see Sir David Attenborough coming together with composer Hans Zimmer and Mercury Prize-winning rapper Dave for a visual and musical feast that is designed to lift viewers' spirits during a time of international uncertainty.

The Andean flamingo in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, as featured in Planet Earth II. Image: BBC
The Andean flamingo in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile featured in Planet Earth II © BBC

"Planet Earth: A Celebration" will take viewers on an exhilarating journey to the wildest places on earth, using eight of the most extraordinary sequences from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II. David has recorded a new narration for the program, which will travel around the world to see how animals overcome adversity to survive and thrive in some of the world's most challenging environments.

Humpback whales, feeding communally off the coast of Monterey
Humpback whales featured in Blue Planet II © BBC/Joe Platko

To accompany these sequences, Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and the team at Bleeding Fingers have created new compositions, and have rearranged the original scores. The string section of the score is performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, accompanied by UK rapper Dave, who will be featured performing on the grand piano. “I’ve always been fan of powerful natural history documentaries," he says. "This is a program where nature and music come together, so it was only right that I lent my talent, my time and my attention to this project.”

Snow leopards on the Himalayas as featured in Planet Earth II
Snow leopards on the Himalayas, as featured in Planet Earth II © BBC

The sequences that will be featured from Planet Earth II include Andean flamingos from Chile, who perform a stunning dance in the safe refuge of a chain of salt lakes, and a mother snow leopard protecting her cub from two males in the Himalayas. From Blue Planet II, we will once again witness massive gatherings of orca and humpback whales feeding together on herring in the fjords of northern Norway. The transmission date has yet to be confirmed, but further information on "Planet Earth: A Celebration" will be available on the BBC website.

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