Earth: One Amazing Day narrator revealed: the documentary had its UK television premiere on 16 June 2018. It returns this Saturday at 8.30pm. Did you know its narrators are Robert Redford and Jackie Chan?

Attenborough team’s wildlife doc returns to TV screens

The feature-length wildlife documentary was first shown on British TV in June 2018, the year after its cinematic premiere.

The brainchild of the same team that made Sir David Attenborough’s award-winning Blue Planet and Planet Earth documentary series, Earth: One Amazing Day eavesdrops on animals across the world.

Stars range from pandas to death-defying penguins, monkeys to newborn iguanas and, of course, a humble sloth looking for love.

Distinct in style from the incisive and occasionally brutal documentaries of filmmaker Werner Herzog, this film focuses instead on the lovable. It is U- (or G- for those from the US) rated and family friendly.

Earth: One Amazing Day narrator revealed

If you’re watching it in English, Robert Redford is your guide. If you’re watching in Mandarin, however, you may recognise the voice of world-famous Hong Kong martial artist, actor, director and jack-of-all-trades Jackie Chan.

Known for his slapstick style of martial arts, Chan has also frequently worked as a voice actor. Earth: One Amazing Day is, however, his first major production as narrator.

Who is Robert Redford?

Some describe his narration as “soporific”, others as “warm and avuncular”, reminiscent of 1960s-era Disney broadcasts, or dryly humorous.

Either way, the man has clout – and a recognisable voice. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. In 2016, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Redford, 84, earned his stripes in the 1960s. The decade saw the actor win his first awards for The Voice of Charlie Pont (1962), Barefoot In The Park (1963) and Inside Daisy Clover (1965).

Besides a prolific body of work as an actor, director and producer, Redford is an ardent campaigner for environmentalism, Native American rights, LGBT rights and the arts.

He also supports independent film, setting up the Sundance Institute in 1981. The institute seeks to discover, support and inspire independent film and theatre in the US and around the world.

Earlier this year, Redford wrote an op-ed (with his son James Redford) for NBC citing the collective public response to the covid-19 pandemic as a model for how to respond to climate change.

James Redford passed away on 16 October 2020, age 58. He was a documentarian and environmentalist and co-founded the Redford Center with his father.

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