Julia P. G. Jones, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Bangor University, Bangor, UK
Laura Thomas-Walters, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Kent, UK
Niki A. Rust, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
Diogo Veríssimo Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego, CA, USA
People and Nature, Journal Year: 2019, Volume and Issue: 1(4), P. 420 - 425

Published: Jan. 1, 2019

Netflix recently launched its high-profile nature documentary Our Planet. Voiced by Sir David Attenborough in English (with Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz and other Hollywood actors voicing versions simultaneously released in 10 other languages), Netflix are making a clear play for core BBC territory. However, they claim that this is a nature documentary with a difference as it puts the threats facing nature front and center to the narrative. We coded the scripts of Our Planet, and those of three recent Attenborough-voiced BBC documentaries, to explore the extent to which threats (and conservation action and success) are discussed. The only other …

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