Radiohead and Hans Zimmer Announce Unique Collaboration For Blue Planet II

The world is excited to witness an amazing creation that will reveal our deep love for nature, especially the mysterious breadth of the ocean. Radiohead, one of the most-acclaimed rock bands in the world, and Hans Zimmer, one of the most successful movie and TV composers of the planet, collaborate with each other to produce an exclusive track for the forthcoming BBC natural history landmark Blue Planet II. 

Blue Planet II
At midday (BST) on September 27, 2017, the piece will be featured in a five-minute prequel upon its release globally by BBC Worldwide. Inspired by the sounds and musical palette of Blue Planet II, Radiohead and Hans Zimmer are recording an orchestrally re-imagined of the Radiohead song Bloom, from their 2011 album The King of Limbs, at London's iconic AIR Studios with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The project, which will also present Radiohead's Thom Yorke re-record the vocals, is being produced by Russell Emanuel of Bleeding Fingers Music. It is the company that also crafted the BAFTA & Emmy-nominated score to BBC's Planet Earth II.

This globally exclusive introduction to the show, which is narrated by series presenter Sir David Attenborough, also features many awe-inspiring shots and highlights from the new series, including the several exclusive scenes that will not feature in any of the seven episodes which are set for UK broadcast on BBC One later this year. The show Blue Planet II will be scored by Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and Dave Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music.

Aside from that, a short tease of the prequel and re-worked track, entitled (ocean) bloom, will be released online on Tuesday September 26, 2017. On September 27, 2017, the full prequel will make its debut in stunning 4K at the World Premiere of Blue Planet II at London's BFI Imax.


Thom Yorke of Radiohead commented on the project: "Bloom was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song and reimagine it for this incredible landmark’s sequel. Hans is a prodigious composer who effortlessly straddles several musical genres so it was liberating for us all to work with such a talent and see how he wove the sound of the series’ and Bloom together."

Hans Zimmer says: "Bloom appears to have been written ahead of its time as it beautifully reflects the jaw-dropping lifeforms and seascapes viewers are introduced to in Blue Planet II. Working with Thom, Jonny and the boys has been a wonderful diversion and it’s given me an interesting peek into their musical world. They’ve been incredible to work with and I hope everyone likes the track."

"Blue Planet II’s Executive Producer James Honeyborne added: "This collaboration between an iconic Grammy-winning band and an Oscar-winning orchestral composer is simply mouthwatering - and (ocean) bloom doesn’t disappoint. It’s an incredibly powerful companion to the scenes we’ve spent years capturing. What a great curtain-raiser to the upcoming series that we just can’t wait to share with everyone."

Bleeding Fingers’ Chief Creative and CEO, Russell Emanuel added: "It is such an honor to be bringing together Hans and Radiohead, who are at the top of their fields. As a longtime fan of Sir David Attenborough’s work, my team and I at Bleeding Fingers are so excited to be producing the music for Blue Planet II and can’t wait for the world to fall in love with this particular piece, just as I have."

Hans Zimmer
Blue Planet II will take viewers on a revelatory and magical journey into the greatest, yet least known part of our planet – our oceans. The seas are by turn tempestuous and serene, exquisitely beautiful and bleakly forbidding, and are the lifeblood of the planet: driving our weather, regulating our climate and ultimately supporting all life on Earth. In recent years, our knowledge of what goes on beneath the waves has been transformed. By using cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore this final frontier, Blue Planet II will reveal the astonishing characters, otherworldly places and extraordinary new animal behaviours.  Warm and compelling stories about marine habitats and their characterful inhabitants will build people’s emotional relationship with our oceans and bring a new perspective to this little-known world.

Broadcast in 2001, multi-award winning The Blue Planet was the BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s unprecedented look at the world’s oceans, the scale and breadth of which had never been seen before. Twenty years on, the Blue Planet II team have spent four years mounting 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries, and filmed off every continent and across every ocean.

Blue Planet II, a 7x60’ will air in the near future on the BBC Earth channel in Asia. In Asia, BBC Earth channel is available in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. In the Philippines, BBC Earth is available on Cignal ch 245.

Blue Planet II is made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America, WDR and France Télévisions in partnership with The Open University. It is Executive Produced by James Honeyborne and Series Produced by Mark Brownlow, and was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual.