‘Planet Earth 2’ photos: 19 must-see, eye-popping images from BBC TV series

BBC America’s breathtaking program “Planet Earth 2,” narrated by Sir David Attenborough, is a welcome edition to the new year after weeks of seemingly never-ending chaos in the news. Over three years in the making and encompassing a total of 2,089 shooting days across 117 filming trips in 40 different countries, “Planet Earth 2” has already captivated viewers internationally. Now it’s our turn, America. Before the series premieres here in the USA on February 18, 2017, click through our photo gallery above of 19 must-see, eye-popping images from “Planet Earth 2.”

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“Planet Earth 2” premiered back in November in the United Kingdom on BBC One and scored blockbuster ratings. The program comprises six episodes — “Islands,” “Mountains,” “Jungles,” “Deserts,” “Grasslands,” “Cities” — plus the compilation episode titled “A World of Wonder.”

This is the long-awaited sequel to the 2006 nature documentary series that took the world, and the Emmy Awards, by storm. The main theme music will be composed by Hans Zimmer, who won an Oscar for scoring the music to “The Lion King” (1994).

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The first edition of “Planet Earth” netted a total of four Emmy Awards from seven nominations in 2007. Here’s the complete Emmys rundown:

Best Nonfiction Series — won

Bset Music Composition (George Fenton) — won

Best Nonfiction Cinematography — won

Best Nonfiction Sound Editing — won

Best Nonfiction Picture Editing — lost to “When the Levees Broke”

Best Nonfiction Sound Mixing — lost to “American Masters”

Best Nonfiction Writing — lost to “American Masters”

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