'I want it to be Beckham': Life On Our Planet producer on making it 'bingeable'

An Erythrosuchid stalks a young Lystrosaurus hiding in a bush in Life On Our Planet episode 4
An Erythrosuchid stalks a young Lystrosaurus hiding in a bush in Life On Our Planet episode 4. (Image credit: Netflix)

At the premiere of Life On Our Planet, executive producer Alastair Fothergill shared his feelings about the new nature docuseries that's now on Netflix

During a Life On Our Planet Q&A, Fothergill explained how he felt the series was a "big breakthrough" in wildlife filmmaking, and promised the show would keep Netflix subscribers glued to their screens.

"I've been making wildlife films for quite a long time, and I genuinely think this is a big breakthrough, I really do", Fothergill said. "I don’t think there’s anything else out there at the moment that looks like this, and I think that it’s just the beginning. The ability to combine blue-chip [cinematic natural history footage] with CGI. There are so many wonderful stories out there and, in the end, we are storytellers.

"I promise you, watch the whole series, it is an amazing story. The cliffhanger at the end of this episode [episode 4], I hope it makes you want to watch the dinosaur episode. But I promise you, every episode has a cliffhanger like that, and that is really, really rare in natural history, it’s very hard to do it. And you know, this is on a streaming service, I want it to be bingeable, I want it to be Sex and the City, I want it to be Beckham.

Two long-necked dinos on the riverbank in Life On Our Planet

Fothergill thinks you won't be able to tear yourself away from this guided tour of Earth's natural history.  (Image credit: Netflix)

"I promise you, stream it, I bet you you’ll keep watching, it’ll be 11 o’clock at night, saying ‘I need to go to bed but I want to know what the reptiles did after that’, and I promise you, it delivers on that, and I’ve never made a series that’s delivered on that before", he added.

Life On Our Planet is Netflix's latest nature docuseries that recounts the story of life's constant struggle to survive on planet Earth throughout history. Produced in partnership with Industrial Light & Magic and Amblin Television and narrated by Morgan Freeman, the series combines real-life footage with breathtaking CGI to bring long-extinct creatures back to life and charts the rise (and fall) of the various dynasties that have laid claim to the planet at one time or another.

Life On Our Planet is now streaming exclusively on Netflix. If you're looking for even more factual shows, check out What To Watch's picks for the best Netflix documentaries that we think you should be streaming right now.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin was a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produced a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. Now he works for our sister site Tom's Guide in the same role.

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.