After 10 years the hugely successful 'Planet Earth' is returning for its second series

And David Attenborough is once again at the helm

After 10 years the hugely successful 'Planet Earth' is returning for its second series

Sir David Attenborough in 2016 Image: Chris Radburn / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The massively successful and ciritically acclaimed ‘Planet Earth’ series is to return to the BBC, with David Attenborough once again narrating the natural history show.

The original 2006 series was critically acclaimed for its groundbreaking footage and scope – going on to become a global hit.

The six-part series will be on the air late in 2016, and the 89 year old Attenborough will not be sitting in the studio for the duration, but plans to return to the field for on-location filming,” The Guardian reports.

“I am very excited to once again be working with the Natural History Unit on its latest landmark series and am especially looking forward to getting out on location in the next month or so,” he said.

The original series was praised for its stunning footage of previously infilmed moments in the natural world, but the BBC is now promising that a decade of technological advances mean the new series will break fresh ground.

“A decade on from Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth, this new series promises to be an extraordinary experience for our audience,” said Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC TV channels and the iPlayer.

“Ten years on from Planet Earth, it feels like the perfect moment to bring our audience a series of such ambition, which will change the way we see the natural world,” said Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and special factual formats at the BBC.