The new trailer for 'Blue Planet II' is here and it's absolutely everything

The new trailer for 'Blue Planet II' is here and it's absolutely everything

There have been a plethora of TV shows over the years that many have claimed to be "must-see", but you'll usually find at least one person who didn't like them. That's not the case with Blue Planet, the 2001 British nature documentary that explored the ocean.

Described as "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans", each episode delved into a different part of marine life, using groundbreaking underwater photography to film creatures and phenomena that had never been seen before.

Now, 16 years later, we are lucky enough to get a sequel.

Apparently this new series, titled Blue Planet II, took several years to complete, and uses new technology to capture even more detailed shots of marine wildlife. David Attenborough, the legendary British broadcaster and naturalist, will be narrating the project as he did with the original. Speaking to the press at a VIP launch for the new show, he said:

"My responsibility was the words but I've seen marvellous pictures. I hope those are great stories and important stories which will be a joy to watch."

"I think the things that really astounded me were when we go down deeper into the oceans than ever before and see sights that are really mind-blowing"

Producer of the show Mark Brownlow is hyping up the series even more. In an interview with Newsbeat, he said that Blue Planet II will be like watching a "real life Pixar" movie:

"You're meeting little tusk fish that can pick up shells and smash them; you've got an octopus that can disguise itself from a shark attack."

"The level of characterisation we're getting from our animals, they are almost like real life Pixar stories."

"We have an incredible story of these massive fish, giant trevally, that rush out of the water and catch birds in mid-air. I defy anyone not to be excited by that."

Before the release of the new series, the BBC have released an extended trailer titled "Blue Planet II: The Prequel", which is bound to get fans of the old series intrigued. As well as looking beautiful, the soundtrack is excellent too, with a new version of the Radiohead song Bloom being used. This new version is a collaboration between the band and film score composer Hans Zimmer.

The trailer supposedly contains some footage that won't even appear in the show, so you'll be kicking yourself if you miss out on it. You can watch the five-minute prequel video below:

The band's frontman, Thom Yorke, also revealed that the first Blue Planet actually inspired the original version of the song. "Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it's great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel," Yorke said earlier this month.

"Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series and Bloom together."

Blue Planet II doesn't have a premiere date in the US, but will air sometime in early 2018 after it's released in the UK later this year.