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Sir David Attenborough was at Cambridge University Botanic Garden as he re-commenced filming on his latest series, The Green Planet, after production was halted due to coronavirus in March.

Sir David Attenborough, second right, and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit on location for the first time since March filming for The Green Planet at Pashley Manor Gardens, in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Picture: PA
Sir David Attenborough, second right, and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit on location for the first time since March filming for The Green Planet at Pashley Manor Gardens, in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Picture: PA

The broadcaster, 94, conducted two shoots for the programme, which documents the world of plants – one in Cambridge and the other in East Sussex.

The shoot, which was originally scheduled for May, took place following Covid-19 guidelines, with crew numbers kept to a minimum and masks worn at all times.

Scripts and briefing notes were emailed ahead of time to avoid printed copies being handled by multiple people. Sir David was asked to mic-up himself.

Mike Gunton, executive producer of The Green Planet, said: “David was even more excited than us to be back in the field.

“As ever he was on top form and the day went really well. It was brilliant to have the band back together again.”

Sir David Attenborough on location for the first time since March filming for the BBC One series The Green Planet at Pashley Manor Gardens, in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Picture: PA
Sir David Attenborough on location for the first time since March filming for the BBC One series The Green Planet at Pashley Manor Gardens, in Ticehurst, East Sussex. Picture: PA

Sir David also recently filmed Seven Worlds, One Planet, which was four years in the making.

This time, and despite his advancing years, he planned to do even more, travelling to the US, Costa Rica, northern Europe and Croatia to turn his attention to the plant world.

Those plans were put on hold due to the pandemic.

The series from NHU will look at the planet “from the perspective of plants” and will feature deserts, mountains, rainforests and the frozen north.

The programme will air across five 60-minute episodes on BBC One next year.

Sir David’s Cambridge connections are well known.

An alumnus of Clare College, the famed broadcaster and naturalist has given his name to the David Attenborough Building on Pembroke Street – home to the largest cluster of biodiversity conservation organisations on the planet.



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