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More young people watching Planet Earth 2 than X Factor - David Attenborough loves it

More young people watching Planet Earth 2 than X Factor - David Attenborough loves it

2016 has been the year of a lot of things, one of which, is an apparent division in principles between young and old widening. But forget political ideologies, because today, a big one has been pinpointed: more young people are watching Planet Earth 2 than the X Factor.

The first three episodes of Planet Earth II had more viewers aged between 16 and 34 than The X Factor on ITV. With 1.8 million viewers tuning into the second episode and its marvellous images of flamingos, bears and the like. 1.4 million tuned into The X Factor.

David Attenborough thinks the popularity of Planet Earth II suggests viewers are “reconnecting with a planet whose beauty is blemished and whose health is failing."

“I’m told that we are attracting a larger than normal number of younger viewers”, he told the Radio Times. “Apparently the music of Hans Zimmer in particular is striking a chord. That pleases me enormously.”

“Visually, where Planet Earth took an almost God-like perspective and said ‘Let’s look down on the Earth and see the scale of the planet’, what Planet Earth II is doing is saying ‘Let’s get ourselves into the lives of the animals, and see it from their perspective,’” producer Mike Gunton commented. “The visual signature of the series is that you feel like the camera is with the animals. It’s very fluid, very active. For example, you might see this wonderful lemur leaping through the forest. Normally when we’d film that, we’d be standing back observing it, but here the lemur almost jumps over your shoulder and as it’s jumping over your shoulder, you’re with it – the camera is running with it.”

And with the next episode featuring a battle between a buffalo and lion, long may this continue.

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