BBC Christmas Slate: David Attenborough To Explore The Wonder Of Song

David Attenborough is to choose his favourite recordings from the natural world that have revoutionized our understanding of song as part of a packed BBC Christmas slate on which he features twice.

The majority of shows on the slate, one of the BBC’s largest of the year, have already been announced by the BBC and The Wonder of Song from Mike Birkhead Associates is one of two Attenborough films that will air this December, alongside Windfall Films’ Attenborough And The Mammoth Graveyard (working title).

Wonder of Song will see the much-loved 95-year-old presenter choose his favourite recordings from the natural world that have revolutionised our understanding of song. Each one – from the song of the largest lemur to the song of the humpback whale to the song of the lyrebird – was recorded in his lifetime, the oldest, when he was just five and the most recent from a few years ago. Attenborough’s long-time collaborator Mike Birkhead is writer, director and producer alongside Beth Jones.

The only other two previously-unannounced BBC Christmas shows are a Christmas and New Year edition of Love Productions’ established factual-entertainment format The Great British Sewing Bee.

The drama slate includes Sarah Phelps’ A Very British Scandal starring Claire Foy and Paul Bettany, psychological thriller The Girl Before featuring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo and the long-awaited Around the World in 80 Days adaptation, which counts David Tennant as lead.

Olivia Colman and Matt Smith also appear voicing main characters in Julia Donaldson adaptation Superworm, the annual Christmas offering from BBC Children’s.

“Christmas 2021 is a time to reunite with friends and family once more, and this year’s line-up of must-see shows will bring everyone together to share the festive season on the BBC,” said  Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore.

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