Wednesday, December 15 2010, 9:10am EST
By Andrew Laughlin, Technology Reporter
Sky and Sir David Attenborough have extended their partnership to create a new 3D film documenting the lives of king penguins on the edge of Antarctica.
On Christmas Day, the Sky 3D channel will host the premiere of Flying Monsters 3D, a documentary narrated by Attenborough on giant pterosaurs which lived 200 million years ago.
Now,t he wildlife broadcasting legend will front a further documentary for Sky. Titled Penguin Island 3D, the film offers an intimate look at the trials and tribulations facing penguins living on the South Georgia islands.
Produced by Atlantic Productions, the feature documentary will premiere on Sky 3D, before being released in cinemas. It will also be aired in 2D on the new Sky Atlantic channel.
"South Georgia is one of the most extraordinary and least appreciated places for wildlife in the world," said Attenborough.
"King penguins are particularly interesting because they are so big that the chicks can't grow to adult dimensions and strength to go to sea within a year. The landscape and wildlife of South Georgia is very dramatic, and I think it will look absolutely mind-blowing in 3D."
Stuart Murphy, director of Sky Atlantic, added: "We are thrilled to collaborate with Sir David Attenborough once more for such an exciting project. Having seen just how stunning Flying Monsters 3D looked on screen, we had no hesitation in creating even more groundbreaking 3D content for customers.
"Commissions of this scale and ambition demonstrate Sky's commitment to bringing its customers some of the most innovative and compelling content around. It also highlights the exciting creative opportunities on offer as program making and technological innovation continues to collide."
Alongside Flying Monsters, the Sky 3D channel will also give a world 3D TV premiere to blockbuster movie Avatar as part of its 2010 Christmas schedule.