Flamingos on Lake Natron in Tanzania feature in the opening episode. [DARREN WILLIAMS/SILVERBACK FILMS 2019]

Veteran British wildlife film maker David Attenborough says the novel coronavirus pandemic has shocked the world into a greater appreciation of the wonders of nature that previously were often taken for granted.

The 94-year-old has been confined to his house in West London for the duration of the pandemic, but just before it began, filming was completed on his latest series, A Perfect Planet, co-produced by the BBC, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, China Media Group CCTV 9, France Televisions and The Open University.

It focuses on the importance of the four great forces of nature-volcanoes, the sun, the weather and the oceans-in creating the environment in which the natural world thrives, and the series ends with a fifth program about the impact of human civilization, the toll it has taken and how that damage can be reversed.