Sir David Attenborough's award winning TV series Blue Planet II explored the world's oceans - now hold your breath and take the plunge for the live arena tour.
Blue Planet II Live In Concert celebrates the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife with stunning highlights from the TV series in 4k Ultra, projected on a huge screen - with the stirring score performed live by an 80-piece orchestra.
A fantastical journey from icy polar seas to pulsating coral reefs, from the luminous deep sea to enormous kelp forests, Blue Planet II Live In Concert immerses fans in a breath-taking, epic two-hour show.
And Yorkshire's own BBC Countryfile presenter Anita Rani, a regular on BBC’s One Show and a former contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, will host the 13-date 2019 arenas tour which plays Leeds First Direct Arena on Tuesday, March 19 and Sheffield FlyDSA Arena, on Thursday, March 28.
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Anita says of the forthcoming visit to Yorkshire: "I’m bringing it home, people! I am bringing it home. I’m a West Yorkshire lass, I grew up in Bradford, but I also went to Leeds Uni and I lived in Leeds for four years, so I know Leeds very well. I know those beautiful streets, I know the Corn Exchange I used to shop in, all the bars I used to drink in. I had some of the best years of my life at Leeds.
"Sheffield is a beautiful, cool city. I’ve spent a lot of time there and it’s one of those beautiful parts of Earth, it’s Yorkshire. I cannot wait!
“I am really honoured to have the role of host on the Blue Planet II Live In Concert arena tour. The TV series was such a fantastic and enlightening show and has really empowered society to view our oceans and environment with a great deal more care. I can’t wait to stand on stage with an 80-piece orchestra and huge screen showing some of that incredible Blue Planet II footage, it should be an amazing experience!”
Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio have created this intimate theatre style setting show projecting stunning visuals from the series on a state of the art 200 square meter 4K Ultra HD LED screen.
Accompanied live by the original immersive music score by Bleeding Fingers Music's Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea & David Fleming, the concert will be performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, along with conductor Matthew Freeman.
The UK arena tour is a live adaptation of a television story that began 20 years ago when a team of wildlife filmmakers from the BBC’s Natural History Unit set out to make a television series on the world’s oceans, the breadth and scale of which had never been seen before.
Broadcast in 2001, the multi award-winning The Blue Planet, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, cemented the Unit’s peerless reputation for underwater filming.
Now, a generation later, the Natural History Unit has once again dived deep into the blue underworld, providing the audience with a completely new perspective on our oceans, coasts and coral ecosystems - full of mystery, surprise, and startling revelations.
With the help of ground breaking advancements in research and technology, the BBC One landmark series has not only presented the viewer with spectacular images but the public reaction to the series has raised awareness of how fragile our planet and environment has become from plastic contaminants and demonstrated the power of television to make an impact on society.
The live concert adaptation is an extension of that striking visual and environmental narrative.
During the four-year filming of Blue Planet II, the teams embarked on 125 expeditions, travelled to 39 countries, filmed on all continents and in every ocean.
They spent 6,000 hours deep-sea diving, 1,000 of which were on underwater boats.
Logistically, some of these expeditions could be compared to a trip into space – such was the effort. In the process, the camera teams encountered creatures that appeared so strange that they really did seem to come from a different planet.
Revolutionary technology provided insights that the makers of the original series could never have imagined.
With the help of endoscopic, low-light, towed and suction cameras, as well as diving robots and the latest underwater equipment, the camera teams ventured into the sea for longer and much deeper than ever before.
This allowed them not only to enter new (underwater) worlds but also to discover new species and observe the previously unknown behaviour of the seas’ inhabitants.
Mat Way, Global Director, Live Entertainment at BBC Studios, said: "We are delighted to partner with FKP Scorpio for Blue Planet II Live in Concert. It is an incredible concept bringing the BBC’s ground breaking footage from a BAFTA award-winning series to the UK arena stage for fans to enjoy.
Web site: blueplanet2live.co.uk