Blue Planet II start time and previews from Sir David Attenborough's epic new show

Blue Planet 2 airs tonight on BBC One

blue planet 2 start date

Blue Planet 2 is arriving in 2017 but when is the release date and what else do we know?

Sir David Attenborough will be back with another epic nature doc on BBC one this year, dubbed Blue Planet II : The Prequel.

The BBC has announced that Sir David Attenborough will present Blue Planet II, the brand new seven part landmark series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios Natural History Unit, behind Planet Earth.

Blue Planet II comes more than 15 years after the original Blue Planet series which aired in 2001.

Blue Planet II Start Time

Blue Planet II will air on BBC One in the autumn of 2017.

The exact start date has now been confirmed for Sunday, October 29 with the first of seven episodes airing tonight at 8PM.

Episode 2 airs tonight, November 5 at 8PM on BBC One.

Blue Planet 2 First look

Ahead of the Blue Planet II air date, the BBC has released an extended 5 minute trailer, featuring music from Hans Zimmer And Radiohead.

“The ocean, the largest habitat on Earth," narrates David Attenborough. “A generation ago the series the Blue Planet took us beneath the waves, but now we know so much more."

In this evening's second episode, The Deep takes us on an epic journey into the unknown, a world of crushing pressure, brutal cold and utter darkness. It's the largest living space on our planet, and today, scientists think there’s more life here than anywhere else on Earth. This is our final frontier.

We discover alien worlds and bizarre creatures. Savage hordes of squid hunt in the depths. Coral gardens flourish in absolute darkness. A whale carcass generates a frenzy as slow moving, five-metre-long sharks fight for their first meal in a year.

There are fish that walk instead of swim; worms that feed on bones; shrimps that spend their lives imprisoned in a cage of crystal sponge.

As we go deeper, the sheer weight of water creates almost unendurable pressures. Yet even eight kilometres down - where the basic chemistry of life was once thought impossible - we find strange new species in the dark.

At volcanic hotspots, micro-worlds blossom into life. The creatures that live here are as alien as the worlds they inhabit. Hair-covered crabs feed on gushing plumes of hydrogen sulphide; shrimps hover on the fringes of clouds of chemicals, so hot they could melt lead...

...yet one of these geysers may even hold the secret to all life on Earth.

Blue Planet 2 will air across seven, hour episodes in 2017 on BBC One.

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