Keith Scholey is no stranger to the nature documentary genre, having produced several shows with Alastair Fothergill. When it came to “Our Planet,” Scholey explains that they also wanted to make “a story of our time.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Scholey above.
This eight-part Netflix series gives audiences a look at the wonders of the natural world, with narrator David Attenborough introducing us to various wildlife habitats. But there’s also a strong focus on the effects of climate change on those habitats. “We’d become very concerned by the way the natural world seems to be falling apart,” Scholey says, “so we wanted to have a really strong environmental story in there.”
The series aims to not only shed light on the problem, but offer fixes to it too. “The thing I always found most frustrating is that people think it’s unsolvable,” Scholey says. “So there’s this feeling of despair,” but “it really doesn’t have to be like that at all. We’ve got a huge amount of information out about the problems, a huge amount of solutions … So it’s about saying, come on guys, let’s just do something about it.”
So ultimately Scholey believes “Our Planet” is “aspirational. It’s about [how] you can fix this thing, but don’t hang around waiting. Fix it.”
Scholey previously earned an Emmy nomination for producing “The Private Life of Plants” (Best Informational Series in 1996). He has worked on other nature shows including “Deadly Islands,” “Nature” and “Nova,” as well as the films “Bears,” “Growing Up Wild” and “Penguins.”
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