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Colourful Planet

Series 1 - Episode 3 Colourful Planet

Thursday 11am - 12pm Eden
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Thursday, 6pm - 7pm Eden
Saturday, 4:10pm - 5:15pm RTÉ One
Saturday, 5:10pm - 6:15pm RTÉ One +1


Remember when Google Earth launched, and everyone said how incredible it was, but then got bored with it after 20 minutes? That’s a little like the fundamental problem with this series: the aerial shots are amazing, in theory, but the novelty soon wears off, so the cameras must return to the ground… and then we’ve got a standard nature/anthropology programme with no strong narrative thread to pull your interest along.

This week, a Chinese beekeeper, a Japanese squirrel and a pack of flamingos are all worth seeing, but what they add up to is hard to fathom. It’s all handsomely done of course, and the early sequence on phytoplankton reveals much about the rhythms of ocean ecosystems.


Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, to reveal new discoveries and explore Earth's most remote habitats. In the third episode, cameras unveil stories behind some of the planet's most intriguing colours, including the lights of the aurora, which tower in vertical streaks hundreds of kilometres high. Elsewhere, cameras also capture vast phytoplankton blooms in the ocean, and millions of rapeseed flowers in bloom in China's Yunnan province.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Chiwetel Ejiofor
Executive Producer Jo Shinner
Producer Justin Anderson
Series Producer Chloe Sarosh