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 festival organizers to celebrate the amazing work of its iconic Natural History Unit and globally launch its next blockbuster Seven Worlds, One Planet, coming soon to BBC AMERICA.
And in a surprise appearance in front of his biggest ever live audience, the show’s narrator, Sir David Attenborough, took to the legendary Pyramid stage to introduce the world premiere of the new series’ curtain-raising prequel. Sir David also revealed that the extended trailer features a tantalizing collaboration between enigmatic Australian performer/songwriter Sia and legendary composer Hans Zimmer, who join forces on the original song ‘Out There’, that accompanies the prequel.
The Seven Worlds, One Planet prequel, showcasing the rich diversity of the earth’s continents, was also simultaneously broadcast globally in almost 50 countries on linear and digital platforms, providing international fans of BBC’s natural history shows with a first glimpse of the new show. As well as scenes from the seven-part landmark series, the prequel also features some exclusive additional footage.
Throughout the final day of Glastonbury, festival-goers have been immersed in the natural world with clips in between performances as well as a three-minute piece of footage celebrating the diversity of life on planet earth. The Worthy Farm faithful were also treated to a breath-taking natural soundscape set to ambient oceanic footage celebrating diversity in our oceans before the Seven Worlds, One Planet world exclusive.
BBC Radio 1 also gave the song Out There its global radio debut on the Dev and Alice Show at the same time as the prequel played out to the Glastonbury attendees.
The song, inspired by the BBC’s Attenborough-fronted Planet Earth II series, was composed by Sia, Christopher Braide and Hans Zimmer, produced by Russell Emanuel, and arranged by Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music.
Sir David Attenborough, commented on the upcoming series by saying: “Seven Worlds, One Planet will resonate with audiences worldwide. We all belong to a continent, after all, we all share planet earth. I am delighted to introduce the latest work from BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.”
Sia commented: “I was honored to be asked to collaborate with Hans Zimmer for Seven Worlds, One Planet. The work this program – and the Planet Earth series – does on behalf of our planet is essential and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Hans Zimmer says: “Sia is a real virtuoso and has a voice to match the power of her songwriting. Out There is sublime and it was a joy for myself and the Bleeding Fingers team to bring it to life and give the Seven Worlds, One Planet prequel a soundtrack to complement the extraordinary imagery and voice of Sir David.”
About Seven Worlds, One Planet
Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents. Seven Worlds, One Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there. This series will feature remarkable, new animal behavior from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe, we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.
The series, a BBC AMERICA co-production, will celebrate the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique.
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions, and China Media Group CCTV9.
About the soundtrack
OUT THERE performed by Sia and Hans Zimmer
OUT THERE composed by Sia, Christopher Braide and Hans Zimmer
Produced by Russell Emanuel for Bleeding Fingers Music
Original Production by Christopher Braide
Arranged by Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music