Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 3 May 2015

Planet Earth to be live show at O2

David Attenborough narrates the series Planet Earth
David Attenborough narrates the series Planet Earth

Hit BBC series Planet Earth is being turned into a music spectacular, with live shows at London's O2 Arena.

An 84-piece orchestra will accompany HD footage from the series, which is narrated by David Attenborough.

The footage will be shown on a massive screen for a pair of performances at the concert venue next year.

The Planet Earth Live shows were trialled successfully in the US earlier this year with a five-week run. They will make their UK debut in July.

Award-winning composer George Fenton, who scored the series, will conduct the BBC Concert Orchestra and mezzo-soprano Haley Glennie-Smith.

The two July 30 shows, to be presented by the corporation's commercial wing BBC Worldwide, are aimed at a family audience.

Fenton said: "Planet Earth Live is a visual and musical spectacular which is designed to create, as a live event, the same unforgettable experience that Planet Earth did when it was broadcast."

Footage for the Planet Earth TV series took four years to gather, with 71 film crews working on the shows.

Alastair Fothergill, series producer for Planet Earth, said: "Planet Earth Live is a magnificent event allowing audiences to enjoy George's amazing score performed live against incredible HD footage from Planet Earth."

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