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Apple TV+ to mark Earth Day with documentary firsts

Apple TV+ viewers are in for a treat this Friday 16th April when three ground-breaking documentaries about the natural world premiere ahead of Earth Day 2021.

The Year Earth Changed, narrated by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster David Attenborough, will make its debut on the same day critically acclaimed series Tiny World and Earth At Night In Colour return for a second season.

Sika deer enter the city of Nara, Japan, in The Year the Earth Changed (Apple TV+)

In a one-hour special, filmed across the planet during lockdown, The Year Earth Changed invites viewers to see just how much nature has gained by us pausing over the last year.

This extraordinary documentary, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reveals what the world looks like without our interaction, and how a lack of people and emissions has allowed our planet to ‘breathe’ and thrive.

From a drop in air pollution meaning residents of an Indian city can see the Himalayas for the first time, to a lack of disturbance on a beach giving sea turtles the opportunity to lay more eggs, remarkable stories from around the globe show what we have learned – and offer hope we can find better ways to coexist with nature.

“During this most difficult year many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it,” said Attenborough. “But the lockdown also created a unique experiment that has thrown light on the impact we have on the natural world. The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference.”

 Tiny World season two will premiere on Apple TV+ from Friday 16th April

Offering viewers a unique perspective, Tiny World returns for a second season this week to reveal more of the planet’s smallest creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive.

Narrated by Paul Rudd, the six-part documentary series opens with Meadow, where we meet a tiny harvest mouse, a shrew, and a queen bee as they journey through a year nesting, raising young and warding off predators in a micro world full of opportunities and danger.

Spectacular footage also shows how a praying mantis can grow from the size of a grain of rice to 2,000 times bigger  – and how, against the odds, sometimes the smallest come out on top!

The series continues to follow the lives of little creatures in a number of tiny worlds, including Desert, Pond, Rainforest, Reef and Dune.

Elephants cross the plains in search of water in Earth at Night in Colour (Apple TV+)

Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, Earth At Night In Colour also returns for a second season with six brand new episodes from Friday 16th April.

Filmed under cover of night, low light cameras and light from a full moon reveal never-before-seen behaviours of animals after dark and a nocturnal world otherwise invisible to us.

In episode one, we follow a herd of African elephants as they cross the plains in search of water. But their journey is far from easy – especially with baby elephants to protect – as they encounter lions and hyenas in their quest to get to the next watering hole.

Earth at Night in Colour continues with a fascinating look at the lives of other animals at night, including pumas, kangaroos, seals, polar bears, manta rays and tiny planktonic life in the ocean,  in a remarkable series.

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