The Blue Planet was a groundbreaking BBC documentary series that showed life in the oceans with never before seen footage and a level of intimacy with the sea creatures it documented.Described as "the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world's oceans", each of the eight 50-minute episodes examines a different aspect of marine life. As such, it became smash hit in Britain and was sod to over 50 countries worldwide, In the United States, it was shown as The Blue Planet: Seas of Life and was narrated by Pierce Brosnan on the Discovery Channel.
Its global appeal made it a runaway success and now its second series seems to be also garnering serious attention across the globe. The first episode of the show saw 14.1m Brits tune in to the show making it the third most viewed show of the past five years in the country - beaten only by the 2014 World Cup Final and last year's Great British Bake Off. However, it would seem it is in China where it is having the greatest impact.
Attracting viewing figures of a simply staggering 80m people, people can get hold of the show in China via the Tencent Video online channel but as so many people rushed to download the latest episode as soon as it was available on the service, it actually slowed down the country's internet services.
Bloggers and writers in China have been blown away by the staggering production and social media has blown up over the show with its unique humanistic appeal to protecting our seas and environments.
Kelvin Yau, BBC Worldwide's manager for China, told the Sunday Times that Blue Planet was attracting families who watch it together
He said: "With the fast growth of cities, many Chinese, especially younger generations, want to reconnect with the natural world."
Blue Planet II is available via BBC America and the BBC Earth Channels.