You now have something to look forward to when you come home from work on Mondays. In case you haven’t heard, BBC Earth has already begun to air Planet Earth II, which is the sequel to their highly successful natural history series that captivated the world a decade ago. And this time, Singapore’s going to get some screentime on one of the episodes.
Yes, you heard that right—Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is getting some love on the Planet Earth II‘s finale episode (Dec 19) entitled “Cities”, which will provide insight on various urban landscapes in the world where wildlife can unexpectedly prosper. Most people don’t realize this but besides providing a dazzling display of lights at night, the 18 supertrees are home to over 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species, including epiphytes that will grow over the outstretching branches. It’s a pretty futuristic way of gardening the city, which is why the Gardens have caught the attention of the series’ producers.
Here’s a little bit of background on Planet Earth II: it was produced over a span of three years (2089 filming days to be exact) through 117 filming trips in 40 countries, and is narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough over grandiose scores composed by the award-winning Hans Zimmer (he was also responsible for scores in other blockbusters like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Inception, Interstellar and more).
Now, with new filming technology like 4K, drones with and highly advanced slow motion capabilities, the team behind Planet Earth II can go even closer to film animal behaviors in their natural habitat and access areas that would’ve been next to impossible 10 years ago. A great example would be this nerve-wracking video of an iguana running away from a gang of snakes:
Catch Planet Earth II every Monday at 8pm on BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407), or watch play catch-up on the new BBC Player available here. In case you’re still unconvinced, here’s what you can expect: