Prince William to host five-part BBC TV show with David Attenborough
Prince William and David Attenborough will present a new BBC environment show featuring pioneers recognized for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate problems.
In a trailer featuring the documentary, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, the Duke of Cambridge, 39, tells viewers “this is a moment of hope, not of fear.”
The Queen’s grandson, who lives at Kensington Palace in London with his wife Kate Middleton and their three children, will speak with the winners of the Earthshot Prize, a global competition he launched alongside the Royal Foundation in October 2020, in the five-part series.
Prince William and David Attenborough to present a new BBC environment show featuring pioneers recognized for finding innovative solutions to the most pressing climate problems
In a trailer featuring the documentary, The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet, David Attenborough joins the Duke of Cambridge
Speaking in a short trailer, the prince said: “This is a time of hope, not fear.
“It is precisely for this reason that I launched the Earthshot Prize, the most ambitious environmental prize in history. A decade of action to fix our planet. ‘
Sir David Attenborough, who also hosts the show, told viewers: “Just imagine what could be possible.”
Drawing inspiration from John F Kennedy’s Moonshot Project which advanced humanity’s achievements, the prince named 15 finalists from around the world earlier this month.
Josie Iselin (pictured), an artist whose love of seaweed has seen her become an advocate for California’s kelp forest decline will be featured on the show
Pictured: Theresa Sia Bayon, Secretary General of the Association of Artisanal Fishermen of Liberia, featured in “The Earthshot Prize: Fixing Our Planet”.
The winners included a 14-year-old Indian girl who designed a solar-powered ironing cart, the nation of Costa Rica, which launched a project paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems, and a Chinese app that enables its citizens to hold polluters to account.
The BBC series will air from October 3, and each episode will focus on a different environmental issue: protecting and restoring nature, repairing the climate, tackling air pollution, reviving the oceans and tackling litter. .
The episodes will be broadcast as part of the preparation for the United Nations Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow from November 1.
Ibrahim Amadu at Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana, featured in “The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet”.
Jason Knauf, managing director of the Royal Foundation, said he hopes viewers will be “inspired” by the series.
He said: “Over an unprecedented two-week span, television and radio audiences will be inspired by what we believe is one of the most innovative environmental shows ever created.
“The television and radio series as well as the awards ceremony will celebrate the incredible finalists for the Earthshot Prize, while inspiring and challenging us all to play our part in this decisive decade for the planet.”
Cornish fisherman Malcolm Saunders who has witnessed a decline in fish stocks during his lifetime is featured in Prince William’s new documentary
An award ceremony for the first Earthshot Prize at Alexandra Palace in London on October 17 will also be broadcast on BBC One.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Content Manager, said: “Looking ahead to Cop26, there couldn’t be a more critical time to broadcast this historic series and celebrate the incredible ingenuity of people around the world.”
The series will also star singer Shakira, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres and football star Dani Alves.
In addition to the BBC One series produced by natural history filmmakers Silverback Films, a Radio 4 series, Costing The Earth: Earthshot, will also air in October.