Blue Planet II

One of the best nature documentaries of all time returns this weekend

• <b>"Blue Planet II" premieres in the US on Saturday, January 20 at 9 pm ET.</b>• <b><br>For the series, producers spent more than 6,000 hours underwater over four years, visiting 39 countries on 125 expeditions.</b>• <b><br>The footage they captured is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and stunning.</b><p>Earth's oceans make life …

AMC

Squid wars and methane explosions: how Blue Planet II captured never-before-seen views of the ocean

“We’ve taken technology to places where it was probably never meant to go.”<p>On her very first dive into the frigid waters of Antarctica, Orla Doherty’s yellow submarine began taking on water. So she did what she was supposed to — she stuck a finger in the puddle at her feet and licked it. It was …

Oceans

Blue Planet II, explained in 5 fish

(Okay, not all of them are fish. But they all live in the sea! Or at least near it.)<p>You probably already have at least some idea of what to expect from <i>Planet Earth: Blue Planet II</i>. It will be gorgeous. It will reveal unexpected animal behavior and the often swift brutality of the natural world. And …

Nature

‘Blue Planet II’ Team on New Characters, New Technology, Same Inspiring Ocean

In 2001 BBC America launched “The Blue Planet” to explore the inner depths of the world’s oceans and introduce audiences to a number of “characters” …

Oceans

There is a great future in bioplastics. But businesses and consumers need to change first

In Mike Nichols's 1967 film, <i>The Graduate</i>, a disillusioned college grad, Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman, is taken aside at a party by a family friend, Mr. McGuire.<p>"I want to say one word to you, just one word," Mr. McGuire tells him.<p>"Yes, sir."<p>"Are you listening?"<p>"Yes, I am," Ben says, …

Recycling

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’: Behind-The-Scenes With EPs James Honeyborne, Mark Brownlow & Orla Doherty

Sex-changing fish, fish that can eat birds, and the mysteries of the deep…these are just a few of the jaw-dropping sights that await viewers tuning …

Streaming

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ Is Must-Watch TV That Will Make You Forget All About Porgs

Get ready to scream at slow birds, get stressed out by selfish walruses, and maybe drop a few F-bombs.<p>While “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was divisive …

Entertainment

Letters: the truth about UK farming by Sir James Dyson

Also: Rod Liddle’s vocabulary, superslow broadband and child screen addicts<p>Investing in farming<p>Sir: Martin Vander Weyer (Any other business, 13 January) says, unhelpfully and inaccurately, that subsidies ‘absurdly’ favour bigger farms. As we look towards life after Brexit, instead of debating the …

John Bercow

The nature films that ask us who we are and what we want to be

Two recent nature documentaries suggest that saving species from extinction means looking more closely at ourselves.<p>What is it that we’re after when …

Jane Goodall

Six Tips for Going Plastic Free

With David Attenborough giving us a stern message in Blue Planet II, there is no better (or more important) time to look at how you can reduce your …

Surfing

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’: 8 Ways Producers Filmed the Wet and Wild Aquatic Stars

The stunning nature docuseries sequel featuring walruses, squids, starfish, and more will be simulcast on AMC, Sundance, IFC, WE tv, and BBC …

Nature

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try to find a compromise on tuition fees (if there is one) and ask whether the Church of England are the most ruthless property tycoons in the country.<p>First up: Whilst terrestrial TV was …

David Attenborough

Crying elephants and giggling rats – animals have feelings too

Years ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here solely for our use. Indeed, a cow was just a walking burger, steak of …

Animals

10 Incredible Facts about the Filming of ‘Blue Planet II’

At the TCA press tour in Pasadena last week, BBC America presented a panel on the upcoming <b>Blue Planet II</b>. Narrator <b>Sir David Attenborough</b>, executive …

David Attenborough

Blue Planet II Is the Greatest Nature Series Of All Time

Seventeen years after the original Blue Planet, the BBC Natural History Unit has perfected the art of the blockbuster documentary.<p>Across seven episodes of <i>Blue Planet II</i>, viewers are treated to a number of wondrous images. Orcas stun schools of herring by slapping them with their tails. Cuttlefish …

Nature

This is how I lived plastic-free for a month

After David Attenborough’s final speech at the end of the Bristol-made Blue Planet II documentary series, warning about the impact plastics were …

Sustainability

European Union pledges to fight plastic pollution

<b>But its strategy would be far more effective if it focused on reusables, not recycling.</b><p>The European Union announced today that it will take …

Sustainability

Scientists spent a month exploring the Gulf of Mexico's deep sea habitats — and the images they brought back are astonishing

There's a spectacular, uncharted alien world right off the Gulf Coast, and a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) expedition sought to uncover its secrets.<p>This past December, a NOAA team, aboard the <i>Okeanos Explorer</i>, conducted the first of three month-long studies of the deepest parts of …

Oceans

Hype List: What to check out this week, including ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘American Crime Story’ and more

<i>Welcome to the Hype List, a weekly recommendation series in which columnist Tirhakah Love highlights all of the pop culture happenings — movies,</i> …

TV

January 2018 Essentials

Again, we have roundup some of our favorite finds and releases this month from around the web and from some of our favorite online stores and brands. …

Multi-tools

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, ‘Black Lightning’ And More TV You Must See This Week

Plus a new David Attenborough miniseries and a Netflix home-invasion thriller.<p>This week’s TV has both new beginnings — a new vigilante joins the …

TV

Glass milk bottles making comeback in coastal village and the anti-plastic movement is spreading

In our throwaway modern society, the fight against the growing menace of plastic waste can seem an impossible one.<p>But one part of Wales is seeing a …

News (Wales)

The Observer view on the government’s environment and obesity plans

Only when she tackles producers and retailers will May have workable strategies on recycling and healthy eating<p>Last week, Marks & Spencer withdrew the “cauliflower steak” from its shelves. Essentially a thick slice of cauliflower that came with a sachet of lemon and herb drizzle, the product was …

Opinion (UK)

The Blue Planet effect: why marine biology courses are booming

Thanks in part to the BBC wildlife series, there has been a sea change in the popularity of marine biology courses and the study of the world’s oceans<p>When she was just 12 years old, an impressionable Cathy Lucas, now associate professor in marine biology at the University of Southampton, met Sir …

Oceans

Michael Gove has undergone a serious political rehabilitation – he is becoming credible on the environment

“When I said people have had enough of experts, I didn’t mean <i>you</i>,” Michael Gove assured his green advisers after becoming Environment Secretary. He …

Referendums

‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’: Gender Fluid Fish Fascinate TV Critics At TCA

When BBCA’s Planet Earth has comes to TCA, it can expect to take a slew of traditional “Given the way the planet is being mistreated, do you fear …

David Attenborough

9 things we learned from Theresa May's speech on plastic waste

The government have announced a major 25-year environmental strategy.<p><b>Today, Theresa May has launched a 25-year environmental strategy – the main</b> …

Sustainability

Big Cats,a nature series that keeps pace with Blue Planet II: review

The biggest challenge facing any wildlife documentary is the genre’s constant upping of the wonder bar. Every time a series like Blue Planet II comes along, wowing all who watch it, the bar gets raised another notch. So it’s fascinating to see natural history series like <b>Big Cats</b> (BBC Two) respond …

Big Cats

A Plastic Bottle Charge Is A Good Step But It Doesn't Go Far Enough

Borough Market<p>If the emotional response inspired nationwide by Blue Planet II tells us anything, it’s that the battle for hearts and minds has almost …

Recycling

The BBC's Big Cats tech hacks take nature docs to a whole new level

“The problem with filming cheetahs is fairly obvious,” explains Nick Easton, producer director on the BBC’s latest wildlife blockbuster <i>Big Cats</i>. …

Big Cats