Stephen Fry to be the voice of new BBC natural history show

The comic will join new nature show Hidden Kingdoms – about the world’s smallest creatures in North America, Tokyo and East Africa

The esteemed comic, novelist and traveller Stephen Fry will offer his melodic tones to the BBC’s new nature show Hidden Kingdoms.


Pegged as a ‘Pixar meets Life’ take on a wildlife documentary, the new show will see Fry highlighting what dangers little creatures such as chipmunks, giant dung beetles and tree shrews face in areas including Tokyo, North America and East Africa. However, it’s not Fry’s first natural history voiceover. He previously featured on BBC1’s Ocean Giants.

“Stephen provides the perfect storytelling tone for this extraordinary series,” commented BBC commissioning chief Kim Shillinglaw. “The goal was to immerse viewers in what it is like to be one of the world’s smallest creatures. They may be tiny, but they lead very dramatic lives.”

Fry can also be heard on all the British versions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of audio books. Other voiceovers include Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and, unusually, Sackboy’s story in the PlayStation fighting game All-Stars Battle Royale. He will also appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, released next month, as the Master of Laketown.


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