BBC America’s ‘Planet Earth II’ to Air on Three Networks

The idea of being in the middle of a swarm of a billion flying locusts might bring most people out in a cold sweat, but not cameraman Rob Drewett. He and the team were able to put themselves in the flight path of this super-swarm in south west Madagascar. Rob was then able to use the latest in hand-held, gyro-stabilised camera technology to get shots that flew alongside the locusts, as if part of the swarm.

The jaw-dropping images and revelations in BBC America’s Planet Earth will be much easier to find in your cluttered array of television channels. When the Emmy-winning event series, which gives us rarely seen footage of life in the jungles, mountains, islands, grasslands, deserts and cities in over 40 countries, returns for its second installment on February 18 at 9/8c. The premiere episode will not only air on BBC America but also sister channels AMC and Sundance. The following five episodes will air on Saturday nights on BBC America, the network announced Friday during the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

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Planet Earth II is extraordinary, epic television that connects viewers to our beautiful, shared world,” said Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America, and Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Filmmaking at the highest level, Planet Earth II entertains while celebrating the planet, its creatures and the universal stories that unite and transcend. We are proud to come together to offer a multi-network simulcast of this awe-inspiring television event.”

The series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is the culmination of over 2089 shooting days in 40 different countries and was already a hit when it began airing last November on BBC One, grabbing half of the UK population. The first installment of Planet Earth aired to U.S. audiences in 2007 and won four Emmy Awards including Outstanding Nonfiction Series.

Here’s the trailer for Planet Earth II:

Planet Earth II premieres February 18 at 9/8c on BBC America, Sundance and AMC