Famed nature documentary host Sir David Attenborough is set to reveal his next project as part of the festive entertainment line-up for satellite broadcaster Sky’s, with a 3-part series looking at the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands set to premiere on New Year’s Day in 2013.
The 86-year-old English presenter, who is now on his fourth exclusive show deal with Sky, will oversee a project that applies ‘pioneering 3D techniques’ as a means to survey the area’s unique environment.
Attenborough said of the collaboration with Sky and how it helps his work: “It’s only now that the latest developments in camera technology have given us the possibility of filming the full range of wildlife in 3D, and the first place I wanted to put that to the test was the Galapagos. I mean, lizards that swim, swim down to the bottom of the seabed and graze seaweed, has to be really an extraordinary thing. Galapagos is full of dramas, and it is also full of very, very charismatic animals which, because they’re uniquely unafraid of humans, you can get up close to and film: it’s a natural for 3D.”
The announcement comes as part of a spate of programming confirmed by Sky for their entertainment channels over the Christmas period, which will include specials for Sky 1 & Sky Living sitcoms Mount Pleasant, Spy, and Trollied, along with new episodes of the Little Crackers comedy shorts, the introduction of HBO drama Hemingway & Gelhorn on the Sky Atlantic channel, and the debut of A Young Doctor’s Notebook on Sky Arts, a series starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), while on the Sky Movies brand of channels, the ‘Sky Movies Christmas Channel’ themed network makes its annual return as of 1 December.