Musical line up and ‘first look’ extended trailer unveiled for Planet Earth III

BBC Studios and legendary composer Hans Zimmer bring together RAYE and Bastille for an extended first look at the Sir David Attenborough-presented landmark series

PHOTO: Photo credit Callum Walker Hutchinson



The highly-anticipated BBC Studios Natural History Unit series Planet Earth III has debuted its worldwide first look extended trailer. The trailer is accompanied by a song, created and performed by multiple Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Mercury Prize Award nominated singer-songwriter RAYE, and Brit-winning and Grammy-nominated band Bastille, in collaboration with Emmy and BAFTA-winning composer collective Bleeding Fingers Music.

The extended trailer features the brand new track Mother Nature with beautiful compelling lyrics written and performed by RAYE, combined with Bastille frontman Dan Smith’s mesmerising vocals, that reflect the Earth’s awe, beauty, fragility and resilience, subjects highlighted throughout the series. The stunning visuals in the extended trailer provide a tantalising glimpse of the extraordinary animals from around the globe set to feature in the series, which include a leopard leaping an astounding 30ft in Southern Africa, a wild rhino walking through the busy streets of a Nepalese town and a mass of skydiving tree frogs in the Costa Rican jungle, all filmed during this five-year project.

Mother Nature, debuted globally on Greg James’s BBC Radio 1 breakfast show this morning. The Planet Earth III extended trailer reveal was released on multiple channels including BBC Earth and BBC Studios Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube accounts as well as on-air globally. It will also feature on the social media accounts of Hans Zimmer, RAYE and Bastille.

Over the last year Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, Sara Barone, producer Russell Emanuel and Bastille’s Dan Smith have collaborated across the Planet Earth III series score. These stunning soundscapes feature Dan Smith’s vocals on the opening title theme song, as well as within all episodes of the series. Their collaborative reworking of Bastille’s hit single, Pompeii entitled Pompeii MMXXIII, features on the series end credits.

Two-time Oscar winner Hans Zimmer also worked on the track with his long-term collaborators from Bleeding Fingers Music, producer Russell Emanuel and arranger Andrew Christie. Zimmer and Bleeding Fingers Music previously composed the BAFTA-nominated score to Planet Earth II, and critically acclaimed music for Blue Planet II and Frozen Planet II.

Hans Zimmer commented: “Creating scores for any of the BBC's Natural History series is always an honour for me as there are no more epic stories than those occurring naturally every day in our own planet’s ecosystem. For Planet Earth III it’s a further privilege to bring the incredible world class talents of Bastille and RAYE to create both a wonderful soundscape for the series, and the beautiful, poignant track, Mother Nature.”

RAYE said: "I am a Planet Earth stan I’ve watched religiously for years, so having this opportunity open for me doesn’t even feel real. David Attenborough and Hans Zimmer are two of my heroes, to be able to compose a song with Hans is BEYOND a wildest dream, and then to hear Sir David narrate over and in between my voice actually brings tears to my eyes. To be able to contribute in my small way to this massively important and equally beautiful documentary series is an honour and a moment I will always cherish.“

Dan Smith, Bastille said: “Working on the music for Planet Earth III with Hans, Russell, Sara and Jacob, from Bleeding Fingers Music, has been an absolute dream come true for me. I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been to collaborate with, and learn from, such hugely talented musicians on this incredible project. Like so many of us, I’ve grown up watching David Attenborough teach us all about the natural world, so being a small part of this legendary show has been really surreal, an amazing experience and such a huge privilege.”

Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, Planet Earth III, added: “The soundscape is the secret sauce of a great wildlife series and there is no-one better to deliver this than our long-term collaborator Hans and his team- but what makes this extraordinary musical project exciting for me is the new ingredient provided by Raye and Bastille. This creative combination is unprecedented, and the results are jaw-droppingly good!”

Seven years after the ground-breaking Emmy and BAFTA award winning Planet Earth II iguana and snakes chase viral sensation, the eagerly-anticipated Planet Earth III will journey across the continents revealing the wonders of our planet. This spellbinding series will feature never-seen-before behaviour, and dive deep into the stories and animal characters which reflect the new challenges that wildlife faces in our modern, crowded world. The series will also highlight the growing need to preserve and restore nature. In the final episode viewers will meet some of the dedicated ‘heroes’ across the globe who put their lives on the line to protect the wildlife and the critically important ecosystems of Planet Earth.

This extraordinary eight-episode series is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, the makers of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.

Planet Earth III, an 8x60’ BBC Studios Natural History Production is co-produced with BBC America, ZDF and France Televisions in partnership with The Open University for BBC. The Executive Producer is Mike Gunton, and the Series Producer is Matt Brandon. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. Planet Earth III launches soon on BBC One and iPlayer.


About BBC Studios Natural History

BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces the world’s most iconic natural history programmes, such as Frozen Planet II, Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II, which have been watched by more than a billion people globally. Ranging from super-landmarks and technically challenging live shows to long-running series and children’s content, the Natural History Unit’s programmes include Seven Worlds, One Planet and The Green Planet presented by Sir David Attenborough, Springwatch and Andy’s Global Adventures, and third-party commissions for Discovery, Apple TV+, NBCU, National Geographic, and BBC America. The Natural History Unit is part of BBC Studios.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group with sales of £2.1 billion (2021/22: £1,630 million). Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, the business is built on two operating areas: the global Content Studio, which produces, invests and distributes content globally and Channels & Streaming, with BBC branded channels, services and joint ventures in the UK and internationally. Around 2,500 hours of award-winning British programmes are made by the business every year, with over 80% of total BBC Studios revenues coming from non-BBC customers including Discovery, Apple and Netflix. Its content is internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, the Planet series, Bluey and Doctor Who. is BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, offering up-to-the-minute international news, in-depth analysis and features.

Source BBC One

October 2, 2023 3:00am ET by BBC One  


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