Kingdom of Plants 3D

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Kingdom of Plants 3D
Kingdom of Plants 3D title card
Series title card from Sky Atlantic HD broadcast
Genre Nature documentary
Written by David Attenborough
Directed by Martin Williams
Presented by David Attenborough
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Anthony Geffen
Location(s) Kew, England
Cinematography Tim Cragg, Tim Shepherd, Robert Hollingworth
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Sky 3D, Sky Atlantic, Sky1
Original run 26 May 2012 (2012-05-26) – 9 June 2012 (2012-06-09)

Kingdom of Plants 3D is a natural history documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, which explores the world of plants. It was filmed over the course of a year at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The series premiered on 26 May 2012 on the Sky 3D network in the UK, with a 2D simulcast on Sky Atlantic HD.[1] An IMAX cinema release is also planned.

Each of the three episodes explores a different aspect of plant life. "Life in the Wet Zone" explains how plants first colonised wet and humid environments, "Solving the Secrets" explores plant reproductive techniques and "Survival" shows how plants continually adapt to their environments. The series also goes behind the scenes of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Project.[2]

The series makes use of multiple camera formats and employs live action, time-lapse, high-speed, infrared, macro and micro photography to bring its subjects to life. Some of these techniques were pioneered in 3D for this series.

Kingdom of Plants 3D is Attenborough's first 3D television series, and follows his two earlier films in the format; Flying Monsters 3D (2010) and The Bachelor King 3D (2011). The same production team went on to produce Galapagos 3D, broadcast in 2013.

A companion iPad app to the series was released on 23 May 2012, using video and imagery from the series to provide a virtual tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Of the app, Attenborough commented "You can swipe your finger across the tablet to make a plant flower and, not only that, put it back again; it’s quite fun."

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date (UK)
1 "Life in the Wet Zone" 26 May 2012
2 "Solving the Secrets" 2 June 2012
3 "Survival" 9 June 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godwin, Richard (18 May 2012). "David Attenborough: The BBC has lost confidence in programming - and women are key to the planet's future". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kingdom of Plants 3D premieres". Today3D. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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