'The Year Earth Changed' to premiere on Earth Day on Apple TV+

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Apple Apple Tv Plus Earth Day The Year Earth Changed (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • Apple is celebrating Earth Day with a slew of new releases for Apple TV+.
  • The Year Earth Changed is a new documentary narrated by David Attenborough.
  • Seasons two of Tiny World and Earth At Night In Color will also premiere.

Apple has announced that, in celebration of Earth Day, it will premiere a new documentary titled The Year Earth Changed on Apple TV+ on April 16, 2021. The documentary, which is narrated by legendary narrator/actor David Attenborough, looks at the uplifting stories that arose during one of the most trying years for humankind.

Showcasing exclusive footage from around the world after an unprecedented year, "The Year Earth Changed" is a timely documentary special that takes a fresh new approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. From hearing birdsong in deserted cities, to witnessing whales communicating in new ways, to encountering capybaras in South American suburbs, people all over the world have had the chance to engage with nature like never before. In the one-hour special, viewers will witness how changes in human behavior — reducing cruise ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year, identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to coexist — can have a profound impact on nature. The documentary, narrated by David Attenborough, is a love letter to planet Earth, highlighting the ways nature bouncing back can give us hope for the future. "The Year Earth Changed" is produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, directed by Tom Beard, and executive produced by Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper.

Attenborough says that the last year has not only shown the earth's impact on us but the impact we have on it as well.

"During this most difficult year, many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it. But the lockdown also created a unique experiment that has thrown light on the impact we have on the natural world. The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference."

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Apple Apple Tv Plus Earth Day Tiny World S2 (Image credit: Apple)

Apple TV+ will also debut season two of Tiny World, its docuseries that highlights the tiny but mighty creatures that inhabit our planet. It will once again be narrated by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd.

Returning for season two, "Tiny World," narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man"), grants viewers a unique perspective into the natural world, illuminating the ingenuity and resilience of the planet's smallest creatures. With over 200 species filmed and 3,160 hours of footage, the six-episode docuseries shares surprising stories and spectacular cinematography that spotlight small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive. Captured on film for the first time are anemone shrimp, which clap to signal their intent as cleaners of predatory fish; the "biting" behavior of fang blenny fish, filmed in slow-motion with unprecedented use of phantom high-speed cameras; and Etruscan shrews, known to be the hungriest mammals on earth. "Tiny World" is produced by Plimsoll Productions and is executive produced by Tom Hugh Jones, who also serves as writer with David Fowler. Grant Mansfield and Martha Holmes also serve as executive producers on behalf of Plimsoll Productions.

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Apple Apple Tv Plus Earth Day Earth At Night S2 (Image credit: Apple)

Tom Hiddleston will also be returning to narrate the second season of Earth At Night In Color, the docuseries which uses groundbreaking technology to capture animals at night like never before.

The groundbreaking original series "Earth At Night In Color" also returns for a second season with six all-new episodes narrated by Tom Hiddleston ("Avengers"). With the use of cutting-edge cameras and a revolutionary post-production process, "Earth At Night In Color" presents nature's nocturnal wonders with striking new clarity. Some never-before-seen behaviors of animals after dark, captured using low-light cameras and light from a full moon, include elephants battling hyenas around starlit waterholes and kangaroos embracing under the cover of darkness to find a mate. Other animals in the new season include pumas, polar bears, manta rays, and tiny planktonic life at night in the ocean. "Earth At Night In Color" is produced by Offspring Films. The series is executive produced by Alex Williamson and series produced by Sam Hodgson.

In addition to the new seasons and new documentary, Apple will showcase other environmentally-focused content in a special section on Apple TV+. If you're wondering which Apple TV is best to watch all of the incredible content coming out on Earth Day, check out our list of the Best Apple TV in 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.