How to watch The Green Planet online: watch David Attenborough's latest show from anywhere

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Described as “Planet Earth from the perspective of plants”, Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary series for the BBC once again breaks new ground for nature shows. The are six episodes all available to watch now covering the wonderful lives of plants across deserts, rainforests, water worlds and more. It's a truly superb show that deserves your time. The whole series of The Green Planet is free to watch on BBC iPlayer. (opens in new tab) Make sure you know how to watch while away travelling abroad from the UK too.

Watch The Green Planet online

Premiered: Sunday, January 9

New episodes: every Sunday at 7pm GMT on BBC1

Free UK stream: watch BBC iPlayer for FREE (opens in new tab)

Watch anywhere: try the top VPN around 100% risk-free  (opens in new tab)

Coming 60 years after the broadcast of the first BBC documentary he worked on, filming for this new five-part series sees Attenborough visit Costa Rica, Mexico, and California.

Exploring plants around the world as we've never seen them before, The Green Planet showcases new filming techniques to offer viewers new insights into the indescribable and sometimes unbelievable intricacies of plant life.

Each episode covers a different theme, with the series set to cover Tropical Worlds, Water Worlds, Seasonal Worlds, Desert Worlds and Human World. But the star of the show could be a special robot camera called “the Triffid” which allowed the show's crew to capture intimate footage of different plants moving and even fighting.

It's an unmissable TV event for nature fans - make sure you're tuned in and know how to watch The Green Planet online by reading our guide below.

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How to watch The Green Planet online FREE in the UK

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The Green Planet is a five-part documentary series that airs a new episode on the BBC Sunday nights at 7pm GMT from January 9.

Better still, episodes will be available to watch on demand after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab), meaning you can watch The Green Planet 100% free online in the UK right now (though you should be in possession of a valid TV licence).

iPlayer is particularly versatile due to its range of apps for mobiles, tablets and more, so there's really no excuse to miss out on the UK's latest Attenborough feast.

If you're not in the UK, use a VPN (opens in new tab) to stream your favourite BBC shows online from anywhere as if you were at home.

How to watch The Green Planet online when abroad

For anyone abroad right now who still wants to watch Sir David Attenborough's latest incredible documentary you might struggle from outside of the UK. But don't let geo-restrictions come between you and Dave.

Simply downloading and installing a VPN to your device will let you watch The Green Planet on the BBC iPlayer from anywhere. A VPN effectively tricks your device into thinking it's in another location by changing the IP address to elsewhere in the world. 

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Three simple steps to using a VPN to watch The Green Planet

1. Download and install a VPN - we recommend ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the relevant server location - launch the VPN app, click on 'choose location' and select the right location i.e. UK for iPlayer

3. Head to the chosen broadcaster's live stream - in this case, head to the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab)


Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of GuinnessWorldRecords.com (opens in new tab) and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.