The planet has received its first glimpse of BBC series Blue Planet II, the follow up to 2001’s Blue Planet, with the release of a preview video, showcasing spitting dolphins, dancing yeti crabs, glowing jellyfish, and of course, the familiar, comforting voice of Sir David Attenborough. The clip also includes a sneak peak of “(Ocean) Bloom,” a musical collaboration between Hans Zimmer and Radiohead. The song isn’t entirely new—it’s actually an orchestral version of Radiohead’s 2011 track “Bloom,” re-imagined specifically for the nature documentary.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke said in a press statement that the band was inspired by the original Blue Planet when writing “Bloom”: “It's great to be able to come full circle with the song and re-imagine it for this incredible landmark's sequel.”
The natural history series will, of course, be narrated by Attenborough, with scoring by Zimmer, who also composed the theme for the last Attenborough reboot, Planet Earth II, in 2016. Based on this five-minute preview, it seems clear that the new series will be even more breathtaking than the last, aided by the improved science and technological capabilites now at their disposal. “A generation ago, the series Blue Planet took us beneath the waves,” declares Attenborough. “But now we know so much more.”
So “take a deep breath” as Attenborough advises, let the waves and dolphin spit wash over you, and look forward to the beautiful sounds and images of Blue Planet II.