A HUGELY popular BBC documentary hosted by a national treasure is making a comeback 17 years after it first hit screens.
Sir David Attenborough, who turned 97 in May, will be returning to screens to host the third season of Planet Earth.
Planet Earth III follows the first BBC series from 2006, which was accompanied by a sequel in 2016.
BBC fans can expect to catch the legendary documentary series on their screens this autumn.
The new BBC series will consist of eight episodes, seven of which will provide us with an insight into animal life around the world.
Viewers will be provided with a unique perspective of animals such as Jacana birds and Mobula rays that we don't frequently get to see up close.
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The finale will show actual "heroes" who dedicate their time to protecting animals.
Viewers will gain an understanding of how animals have evolved and the issues they face today.
Sir David is said to have already begun recording his opening scenes and the narration.
The new series, which was commissioned in 2019, is reported to have taken five years to develop – but was slowed by the pandemic.
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Executive producer Mike Gunton said: "Planet Earth wouldn’t be Planet Earth without David, so I’m delighted he is presenting the third series.
"As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen."
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