Attenborough’s at it (again)!

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Finally, news of a new TV series writ­ten and presen­ted by the world’s most fam­ous nat­ural his­tory broad­caster and UK National Treasure, Sir David Attenborough. Sadly, it’s on a pay-per-view Sky Atlantic digital chan­nel (No. 107) – in glor­i­ous HD (that’s High Definition) – and on Sky 217 in 3-D. But whilst it’s not exactly free, it is about plants. In the appro­pri­ately entitled ‘Kingdom of Plants’, Sir David ‘explores the fas­cin­at­ing world of plants, from the most bizarre to the most beau­ti­ful… using today’s latest tech­no­logy to reveal a whole new dimen­sion in the lives of plants… and dis­cover a hid­den world that only too often we over­look’, and in which ‘we move from our times­cale to theirs’. Hmmm… sounds a lot like his pre­vi­ous 1995 six-programme ter­restrial BBC TV series, ‘The private life of plants’? Yes, but here’s the twist – this new three-part series was rather intriguingly filmed only over a year on loc­a­tion at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (UK – and in other con­trolled envir­on­ments…), using a vari­ety of 3-D film­ing tech­niques and com­puter enhanced imagery, much of which would not have been around in the dark days of the late 20th Century. Hmmm… I’m not so sure about the ‘elec­tro­pho­to­trick­ery’, but if this new series helps to keep spread­ing the mes­sage that plants are import­ant (and really rather inter­est­ing…), good luck to it/him! [For a review, visit The Guardian – Ed.]

Nigel Chaffey. ORCID 0000-0002-4231-9082

Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.

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  1. Also avail­able on DVD/BluRay disk from eg Amazon for c. £10/$15/€15, or can be rented.