“Planet Earth” Banks on Delancey

Posted on: April 11th, 2012 at 10:37 am by

BBC America is infiltrating the Lower East Side in more ways than one. In addition to producing the big-budget Five Points era drama Copper, the network is now occupying arguably the largest swath of advertising real estate in the neighborhood. Though, not for this program.

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Painters on a pulley scaffolding system have been busy the past couple weeks on a paint-by-numbers mission for the Colassal facade of 77 Delancey Street (onetime home of the Bank of the United States). The ad mural is a plug for the second coming of the Planet Earth series, and features a large polar bear. Just in time for the onset of spring.

Animal-loving anglophiles have reason to be happy. According to the official website, the Earth Day marathon airing later this month is the original UK version as it was intended, which includes narration duties by world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough. When the program first jumped across the pond to Discovery Channel, apparently company brass couldn’t handle the voice and instead replaced it with Sigourney Weaver.

The “Planet Earth” marathon kicks off on Saturday, April 21 at 6am/5c and continues through 9pm/8c on Sunday, April 22. The marathon will be followed by the world premiere of the new two-hour special, “The Making of Planet Earth,” at 9pm/8c.

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