The new seven-part series will be broadcast on BBC One,16 years after the original series and a year on from Attenborough's most recent documentary, Planet Earth II. It's something of a coup for the BBC to have secured Attenborough's return for the series – the widely-admired naturalist turned 90 last year.
This season of Blue Planet deploys new filming techniques (including a specially developed camera attached to boats and which allows the filming of predators 'front-on').
If past Blue Planet episodes are anything to go by, we can expect unrivalled images of our planet and some newly discovered creatures. Previous finds have included snub fin dolphins, tusk fish, the hairy-chested Hoff crab and even some unknown underwater volcanoes.
It's little surprise that Blue Planet drew the largest audiences for a natural history programme, a record that has stood for some 15 years. More than 13 million people tuned in to watch the first episode, and the series averaged an audience of more than 10 million per episode.
For many, Attenborough's assured manner, insight and calm delivery guarantee the feel-good TV programme 2017 is in desperate need of. The count-down begins.
|What||Blue Planet returns to BBC One|
|Where||BBC1 | MAP|
01 Jun 17 – 30 Sep 17, Dates and times yet to be decided