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Sir David Attenborough and Dave the rapper team up for a programme ‘designed to lift’ spirits’

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They share a first name but beyond that they would appear to have little in common.

Yet Sir David Attenborough has a surprising new collaborator – Dave the rapper. 

The natural history presenter, 94, will join the Mercury Prize winner, 22, in a BBC1 special celebrating his Planet Earth series.

The programme will use eight of the most memorable sequences from the programmes, with Sir David narrating over music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring Dave on piano. 

Sir David Attenborough, 94, will be joined by Dave the rapper, 22, in a BBC1 special celebrating his Planet Earth series

Sir David Attenborough, 94, will be joined by Dave the rapper, 22, in a BBC1 special celebrating his Planet Earth series

The BBC says the programme is ‘designed to lift viewers’ spirits during a time of international uncertainty’.

Dave, who received a barrage of criticism for branding Boris Johnson a racist during his Brit awards performance in February, began composing at an early age when his mother gave him a piano.

The Brixton-born rapper said: ‘I’ve always been a fan of natural history documentaries. It was a pleasure to work alongside Sir David.’ 

Composer Hans Zimmer has also worked on the BBC One special, creating new compositions and rearranging the original scores.

The programme will feature eight sequences taken from the BBC’s popular documentaries Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II.

From Blue Planet II, they include an octopus fighting off a shark by pushing their arms into the gills to suffocate the predator.

The one-off programme will also feature bird eating fish – giant trevallies propelling themselves out of the water to catch sea birds in mid-air. 

The programme will use eight of the most memorable sequences from the programmes, with Sir David narrating over music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring Dave on piano

The programme will use eight of the most memorable sequences from the programmes, with Sir David narrating over music performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra featuring Dave on piano

Highlights from Planet Earth II include the famous scene in which a newly-hatched marine iguana is chased by snakes. 

The BBC One programme will look at how ‘animals overcome adversity to survive and thrive in some of the world’s most challenging environments – offering a message of hope to humanity’. 

BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall said: ‘This thrilling journey around the world promises to lift everyone’s spirits.’

The BBC Concert Orchestra has worked on soundtracks for the series from the original 2001 Blue Planet.

Orchestra director Andrew Connolly said: ‘To bring the Concert Orchestra out of lockdown in order to create new music with Dave and Hans Zimmer for Planet Earth: A Celebration was very special, and that feeling of coming together is at the heart of our performance.’

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