Sir David Attenborough makes surprise onstage appearance at Glastonbury to launch new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

To celebrate Glastonbury going single-use plastic-free for the first time in its 49-year history, inspired by the continued ‘Blue Planet II’ effect, BBC Studios joined forces with the festival’s organiser to globally launch its new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ which is set to premiere later this year on BBC One.

A four-minute prequel for the forthcoming series premiered simultaneously to festival-goers on all the site’s screens and globally in almost 50 countries on digital platforms. And in a surprise appearance in front of his biggest ever live audience, the show’s narrator Sir David Attenborough took to the Pyramid stage to introduce the world premiere of the prequel.

Throughout the final day of Glastonbury (Sunday, June 30), festival-goers were shown clips in between performances as well as a three-minute piece of footage celebrating the diversity of life on planet earth. They were also treated to a natural soundscape set to ambient oceanic footage celebrating diversity in our oceans before the ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ world exclusive.

The ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’ prequel can be viewed here:

BBC Studios said the seven-part series will ‘showcase the rich diversity of Earth’s seven continents and what makes each one unique’.

Sir David Attenborough commented: “’Seven Worlds, One Planet’ will resonate with audiences worldwide. We all belong to a continent after all; we all share planet earth. I’m delighted to introduce the latest work from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.”

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore added: “We’re delighted to give the Glastonbury audience the first look at the prequel for ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. This is going to be an extraordinary series for BBC One. The combination of cutting edge technology and unique insights into animal behaviours will give us a new perspective on the natural world.”


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