Simply put, the filmmakers have managed to capture some of the most amazing footage of animals in their native habitat, ever. Period.
Of course, when you’re dealing with such things, occasionally the camera’s eye is going to capture parts of the natural cycle of life that might not all be as easy to stomach for casual viewers. Examples would include an elephant being brought down by lions, a polar bear unsuccessfully attacking a walrus colony and subsequently being overcome with hunger and fatigue. Fothergill, in interviews, confirmed that he asked the BBC for an appropriate warning, before airing episodes with such content.
The thing is, we have to tread a fine line between showing nature as it really is and not offending the sensibilities of viewers. I think it’s an enormous mistake to try and sanitize nature, but I can assure you that there’s plenty of footage that we shan’t be showing. — Alastair Fothergill
Prepare to see it as never before.
David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver and Huw Cordey