Duke of Cambridge to Attend Blue Planet II Premiere

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Wednesday 27th September, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will attend the World Premiere screening of the BBC’s Blue Planet II at the British Film Institute IMAX cinema. The Duke will join Sir David Attenborough, composer Hans Zimmer, invited guests and school children for the special event, celebrating the show’s potential to inspire the next generation of marine conservationists.

Before the screening, an interactive marine-themed experiential will be set up in the cinema’s foyer, where invited school children from Lionel Primary School in Brentford will be taking part in a series of learning activities. The Duke will join them as they take part in the quizzes and will also see some of the special technology used to film the series including the Megadome camera, and a live demonstration of the full breathing apparatus for underwater filming.

The Duke will then join the invited audience in the cinema to watch the special screening. The premiere will begin with the debut of the Blue Planet II prequel which will be globally launched and simulcast at midday following the screening. The five-minute series curtain-raiser features a unique musical collaboration between Radiohead and Hans Zimmer who have joined forces to produce a track to accompany the prequel. This will be followed by a screening of Blue Planet II’s opening episode which will be broadcast on BBC One later this year. The episode is 50 minutes in duration with an additional 10-minute ‘making of’ following immediately after.

The BBC’s latest natural history landmark Blue Planet II will take viewers on a revelatory journey into the greatest, yet least known part of our planet – our oceans. In recent years, our knowledge of what goes on beneath the waves has been transformed, and using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, Blue Planet II will reveal otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviours.

Broadcast in 2001, The Blue Planet was the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s unprecedented look at the world’s oceans. A generation on, the Blue Planet II team have spent four years mounting 125 expeditions, visiting 39 countries, and have filmed off every continent and across every ocean.

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