The Blue Planet series title card from UK broadcast. The original series took almost five years to make, involving nearly 200 filming locations and being aired in late 2001. Each of the eight 50-minute episodes examines a different aspect of marine life. The underwater photography included creatures and behavior that had previously never been filmed.
The series won a number of Emmy and BAFTA TV awards for its music and cinematography. The executive producer was Alastair Fothergill and the music was composed by George Fenton. David Attenborough narrated this series before presenting the next in his ‘Life’ series of programmes, The Life of Mammals (2002), and the same production team created Planet Earth (2006). Attenborough also narrated Planet Earth II later.