'Downton Abbey' Actor to Narrate BBC America's 'The Making of Planet Earth'

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Dan Stevens

The behind-the-scenes special is airing April 22 following a day-long broadcast of the original series.

BBC America has announced that Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens will narrate the upcoming Planet Earth special, The Making of Planet Earth.

The special will premiere Sunday, April 22 at 9 p.m. on the cable network, following a day-long marathon of the original Planet Earth series beginning at 6 a.m.

“I’ve been admiring Attenborough documentaries all my life. I’m always watching them in my downtime and I like to take a box set with me if I have to be away from home for a while," said Stevens. "Planet Earth was such an extraordinary series and the Making of... is fascinating: the creatures and stories behind the camera are just as fascinating as those in front. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be a part of the team in some small way.”

The "making of" special follows the team behind Planet Earth, detailing what they went through to film the series.

This marks the first time the Planet Earth series will be aired in the U.S. with its original narrator, Sir David Attenborough.