There's a reason why David Attenborough's new documentary series is more meaningful than ever

The docu-series took four years to complete...

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Sir David Attenborough’s new documentary series, Seven Worlds One Planet, is set to hit our screens later this week.

The seven part series, documenting wild life across Earth’s seven continents, will see Sir Attenborough delve into habitats such as volcanoes, waterfalls, icebergs and underground caves to show us the wonders of animal life.

The docu-series, which took four years to complete, is also set to become carbon neutral thanks to the use of drones during filming.

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Behind the scenes bosses have pledged to make every effort to leave zero impact on the planet by off-setting carbon produced, by planting trees for example.

Executive producer of Seven Worlds One Planet, Jonny Keeling explained, “Drones made a really big difference.

“I mean, we don’t use helicopters as much now, we use a lot of drones, which saves a huge amount of carbon.”

The team also reduced the amount that crew members were flown around the world to filming locations.

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“We used local camera people in America, South America, Africa, in every continent except Antarctica because no one lives there.

“But we left equipment in Antarctica over the course of two years so we didn’t have to keep flying it back.

“We’re really conscious of everything we’re doing. We’re looking at off-setting our carbon footprint.

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“We’ll look at all the flights and all the journeys that everyone’s made and the cumulative carbon. We’re looking at how we do that.”

The programme is set to premiere on Sunday night (27th October) at 6.15pm on BBC One and will treat viewers to stunning drone shots of sequences such as the spiralling techniques of humpback whales, orcas chasing a penguin and polar bears hunting Beluga whales.

Series producer Scott Alexander said, “I was determined to use [drones] wherever we could. The technology has come on in leaps and bounds.

“They give an intimate aerial view - a perspective you wouldn’t normally get.”