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Dave joins BBC Concert Orchestra to soundtrack new Planet Earth special

By | Published on Tuesday 4 August 2020


The Daves are coming together to create a “visual and musical feast designed to lift viewers’ spirits during a time of international uncertainty”. And by that we mean Dave, as in Dave, and Dave, as in Dave Attenborough. Composer Hans Zimmer is also along for the ride.

They are all involved in a new BBC show called ‘Planet Earth: A Celebration’, which will rework footage from Attenborough’s previous ‘Planet Earth II’ and ‘Blue Planet II’ programmes, set to music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and rapper Dave on the piano. The music has been composed by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers collective, who also created the soundtrack for the original series. And Attenborough has also recorded some new narration.

Announcing the one-off programme, which will air later this month, BBC chief Tony Hall says: “The BBC has curated this amazing collection of sequences from two of the most talked about natural history series of recent years, ‘Planet Earth II’ and ‘Blue Planet II’, as a spectacular treat for the viewers. With brand new narration from the brilliant David Attenborough, a new score from Hans Zimmer and the team at Bleeding Fingers, played by the BBC Concert Orchestra with Dave on the piano, this thrilling journey around the world promises to lift everyone’s spirits”.

Meanwhile Dave, as in Dave Dave, not Attenborough Dave, adds: “I’ve always been fan of powerful natural history documentaries. This is a programme where nature and music come together, so it was only right that I lent my talent, my time, and my attention to this project. It was a pleasure to work alongside Sir David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer”.