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  • British Isles: A Natural History British Isles: A Natural History | DVD | (29/11/2004) from £7.88  |  Saving you £16.50 (66.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    The BBC's latest lavish natural history series, The British Isles: A Natural History stirred a minor controversy when first aired because its presenter, the ever-affable Alan Titchmarsh, is better known as a gardener (and writer of saucy novels), not an expert on mineralogy, plate tectonics, or prehistoric flora and fauna. Until this programme the presumption had been that a multi-part flagship BBC documentary would be written and presented by an authoritative figure, David Attenborough or Simon Schama for example. For better or worse Titchmarsh has broken the mould. In fact, once past the glossily superficial opening chapter "3 Billion Years in the Making" (essentially a highlights programme of what is to come), Titchmarsh turns out to be an excellent host, addressing the audience in his familiar chatty way and cleverly exploiting his horticultural roots, noting for example how evidence of major geological changes can be found in the most humble plant, wildflower or weed. And unlike his more academic predecessors, he also uses his TV charisma to the full, finding lighthearted ways of imparting otherwise dry information: sampling malt whiskies to explain how water permeates through different types of rock; scoffing platefuls of clotted cream with jam and scones to show how desert conditions millions of years ago gave Devon its fertile soil; or even getting made up as a Neanderthal and strolling down Oxford Street. It's all far more cosy than Attenborough. The director of this eight-part series has clearly been watching Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, as he never misses an opportunity for sweeping helicopter shots of snowy mountain peaks, rugged coastlines or glacial valleys. Combined with some neat computer graphics, the result makes ideal consumption for Sunday evening TV: easy on the eye and none too taxing on the brain, but informative enough to banish any fears of dumbing-down. --Mark Walker

  • David Attenborough's Life Of Birds [1998] David Attenborough's Life Of Birds | DVD | (04/12/2000) from £6.65  |  Saving you £11.62 (38.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Like the albatross glimpsed in the beginning of this 10-part series The Life of Birds quickly takes flight. Sir David Attenborough hosts this unprecedented and extraordinary global look at the magnificent and often curious winged species with which we share our planet. Like the best wildlife shows, The Life of Birds offers a fresh and accessible view of creatures we may take for granted (didn't Alfred Hitchcock warn us about that?). The focus of this series is not on the different bird species, but on bird behaviour. Remarkable and awe-inspiring footage preserves the wide range of tools and techniques with which birds fly, hunt for food, attract a mate, hatch their chicks and defend themselves against predators. Attenborough pops up in the most remote, most exotic locales, with occasional comic effect: at one point, night-vision cameras capture the rare sight of the nocturnal kiwi as it forages for food on a New Zealand beach; the camera pans to reveal scant paces away our guide shining a flashlight on the nonplussed bird. --Donald Liebenson

  • Wonders Of The Solar System [Blu-ray] Wonders Of The Solar System | Blu Ray | (12/04/2010) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Prepare to immerse yourself in an alien world as if you were standing there yourself. Professor Brian Cox takes another giant leap for humankind as images of distant alien worlds are brought into breathtaking focus. Giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; storms three times the size of Earth coloured blood red by a vortex of dust and gases; immense volcanoes that would put Mount Everest in the shade - this amazing DVD reveals the true and awesome beauty of our solar system. It's an epic journey of discovery where bizarre worlds become real places we can see feel and visit. Travelling from the Sun to the far-out reaches of Neptune Wonders of the Solar System has at its heart the latest scientific knowledge beamed back from the fleet of probes rovers and telescopes currently in space. Using the very latest images sent direct from space and spectacular CGI the series presents a spellbinding voyage around the natural wonders of the solar system capturing explosive phenomena in minute detail. Alongside these startlingly authentic images some of the most spectacular extreme locations on Earth help to reveal wonders never thought possible. Wonders of The World explores how these previously unseen phenomena have dramatically expanded our horizons revealing more about the planets their moons and how they came to be the way they are. The series also looks at the big picture - how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space; how our home planet doesn't sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the Solar System; and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth.

  • Planet Dinosaur (Blu-ray 3D) [2012] Planet Dinosaur (Blu-ray 3D) | Blu Ray | (20/08/2012) from £6.69  |  Saving you £8.30 (55.40%)  |  RRP £14.99

    Transporting viewers to locations across the globe and back in time through tens of millions of years, Planet Dinosaur 3D brings to life the most awesome and amazing creatures that ever lived, rendered in visually stunning 3D technology. Most were discovered in the last 10 years and entailed a rewriting of the prehistory books.Palaeontologists now know that dinosaurs spread to every part of the globe, and evolved in ways so monstrous, horrific and bizarre they make T Rex look very tame indeed. Unlike any dinosaur show before it and shot in Stunning 3D CGI this is a completely immersive visual experience studded with curious facts and jaw-dropping action as well as charismatic monsters brought to life on screen. Presenting a brand-new global perspective on the prehistoric era, the series recreates the creatures, their habitats and how they lived, from analysing their bones to watching them fight to the death.

  • Story Of St Kilda [DVD] Story Of St Kilda | DVD | (24/05/2010) from £6.88  |  Saving you £6.11 (47.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Landing on St Kilda were a small but intrepid team of explorers historians and wildlife experts. Seasoned BBC faces they comprised a balance of scientific know-how adventurous spirit and dynamic entertaining characters. Our dream team includes wildlife enthusiast Kate Humble; historian Dan Snow and climber and biologist Steve Backshall.

  • The Lost Land Box Set [DVD] The Lost Land Box Set | DVD | (29/08/2011) from £11.00  |  Saving you £13.99 (56.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Watch an intrepid team of modern day explorers zoologists naturalists and botanists as they travel to the far corners of the globe in search of new species and help local conservation teams. Discover the lost land of the Jaguar. In a bid to discover new species and help Guyana protect its environment the expedition team ventures into some of the remote jungle on earth tracking down the giants of the area; the Anaconda the Jaguar the giant Anteaters the Turtles and the enormous Harpy Eagle. Explore the lost land of the volcano. New Guinea is one the most species-rich areas on Earth but its landscape so inaccessible that much of the wildlife is barely known. Watch the team ast hey delve into the depths exploring the remote rainforests rugged mountains and raging underground rivers that make up this mysterious land. Join the lost land of the Tiger. The first ever expedition to venture high into the Himalayas in search of big cats. Closed to outsiders for years Bhutan is a forgotten world. No one knows how many Tigers prowl the jungles and mountains here but they are going to find out.

  • Steve Irwin's Most Dangerous Adventures Steve Irwin's Most Dangerous Adventures | DVD | (18/11/2002) from £10.98  |  Saving you £7.01 (39.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Steve Irwin: the Australian conservationist and 'Crocodile Hunter' his adventures made all the more poignant due to his untimely death on September 4 2006. His fearlessness in facing the deadliest of all species was his passion and while filming his newest series he was killed by the normally docile Sting-ray. Steve's filmed adventures remain a tribute to the man who brought light-entertainment combined with heart-pounding action to the world. Steve's ultimate aim was to ensure peop

  • South Pacific [DVD] South Pacific | DVD | (15/06/2009) from £5.99  |  Saving you £19.00 (76.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    One ocean 25 000 islands half the water on Earth. The Pacific includes some of the most remote spots on the planet - yet there's not a single island that has avoided colonizers whether it be plants animals or humans - and generally all three. Go beyond clich''d images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches to explore this immense and surprising ocean as it has never been seen before.

  • March Of The Penguins [Blu-ray] [2005] March Of The Penguins | Blu Ray | (07/05/2007) from £5.49  |  Saving you £19.50 (78.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Coming from a French director Luc Jacquet the Oscar-winning family documentary March Of The Penguins would have to be a love story. And it is in that it follows the mating rituals of the emperor penguin one of the most resilient animals on earth. Each summer after a nourishing period of deep-sea feeding the penguins pop up onto the ice and begin their procession across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Walking in single file they are a sight to behold. Hundreds converge from every direction moving instinctively toward their mating ground. Once there they mingle and chatter until they find the perfect mate - a monogamous match that will last a year through the brutal winter and into the spring. During that time the mother will birth an egg and then leave for the ocean to feed again. The father will stay to protect the egg through the freezing blizzards and pure darkness of winter which would be deadly to practically any other species. Finally with spring the egg hatches and the baby penguins are born. Mothers return from the sea to reunite with their families and feed the starving newborns while the fathers are finally relieved of their protective duties after months without food. The film is remarkable in its story which is narrated by Morgan Freeman whose dignified voice gives the penguins the grave admiration they deserve. But even more incredible is its photography which shows the penguins hunting underwater sliding on the ice and in the midst of kissing. At one point the camera even zooms inside the mouth of a penguin as it regurgitates for its young. A story of love and more strikingly survival March Of The Penguins is any eye-opening and educational experience.

  • Tigers - Spy in the Jungle [2008] Tigers - Spy in the Jungle | DVD | (09/06/2008) from £4.89  |  Saving you £8.10 (62.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Bouldercam and a host of new spycams are on their most exciting mission yet. Carried by elephants they film India's most charismatic big cat deep inside the Indian jungle uncovering the hidden wildlife that shares the tiger's realm. This revealing programme follows the different stages of a tiger's life from playful cubs to learning adolescents and ultimately to young hunting adults. It also provides a unique insight into how the relationship with the other jungle animals changes as they mature including sloth bears - a rarely filmed bear with a unique character - famous for carrying its comical babies on its back and leopards - the tiger's major competitor.

  • Tropic Of Cancer [DVD] Tropic Of Cancer | DVD | (26/04/2010) from £8.29  |  Saving you £16.70 (66.80%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Circling the globe on a northern adventure Simon Reeve circumnavigates the globe around the 22 835 mile long Tropic of Cancer visiting 18 different countries meeting amazing people witnessing bizarre and beautiful sights and encountering spectacular and endangered wildlife. Starting in Baja California - the long strip of Mexico that descends into the Pacific Ocean Simon travels through Cuba the Bahamas Mauritania the wastelands of Southern Libya India Bangladesh and Burma before finally reaching the some of the most beautiful (and also some of the dirtiest) beaches in the world. From gorgeous landscapes to deserts small fishing villages to violent drug wars Simon finds out what makes these places fascinatingly unique.

  • Amazon Amazon | DVD | (03/11/2008) from £5.69  |  Saving you £19.30 (77.20%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Bruce Parry presenter of the BBC's Tribe has travelled the length of the Amazon to film a major new series for BBC Two.

  • Deadliest Catch - Series 2 Deadliest Catch - Series 2 | DVD | (25/03/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £17.90 (59.70%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Forty-foot waves freezing temperatures and a nearly 100-percent injury rate. Crab fishing off the Alaskan coast on the icy Bering Sea is one of the world's most dangerous jobs. But it's also one of the most lucrative offering tens of thousands of dollars for a few days' work. Follow one group of ambitious men as they battle harsh conditions and intense competition in the frenzied search for an undersea jackpot. Deadliest Catch tracks all the drama of some of the harshest seafaring conditions on Earth as several fleets of fishing boats attempt to beat the clock to land a prize catch of Alaskan Crab. The men endure Freezing weather constant wind & violent seas in their quest which sees bouts of Flu hitting all of the crew decks freezing over and boats full of valuable crab at risk of turning over in violent storms. Think your job is bad?

  • Landscape Mysteries Box Set Landscape Mysteries Box Set | DVD | (06/10/2008) from £13.75  |  Saving you £16.24 (54.20%)  |  RRP £29.99

    From the makers of Coast Landscape Mysteries embarks on a series of journeys in which Professor Aubrey Manning tries to solve mysteries hidden in the landscape of the British Isles. Unpicking clues in the geology natural history and archaeology Aubrey reveals how the land has come to look the way it does. Britain Before The Ice: Aubrey travels to the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Where in 1823 the skeleton of a young man who had died 29 000 years ago was found. Aubrey travels great lengths in his endeavour to unravel the mystery of the ancient world in which this man once lived and gains an insight into a lost world that was to forever disappear as the ice-sheets spread south. Secrets of the Flood: Aubrey travels to the Solent off the south coast of England. It's known that people once lived in a landscape that is now covered by the sea but how did this area become flooded? Aubrey wastes no time at all as he gets to grips with this fascinating investigation of a mystery that has puzzled experts for centuries. In Search Of Irish Gold: Aubrey Manning travels to Ireland in search of a Celtic Eldorado a secret source of Bronze Age gold buried more than 3 000 years ago. Today's Irish landscape shows little sign of gold so where did these prehistoric metalworkers find it? Watch in awe as clues in the landscape help Aubrey work out if and where deposits still exist. Figures In The Chalk: Aubrey travels to the Chalk Hills of England to unravel the origins of the enigmatic chalk figures such as the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset. The age of these chalk figures has never been fully established and Aubrey alongside a team of archaeologists from Reading University come up with a remarkable new and exciting discovery. The Tower People Of Shetland: On the far edge of Europe a long long time ago a series of monumental stone towers known as Brochs once dominated the landscape. Aubrey travels to Shetland the most northerly territory in the British Isles in a search for clues to the identity of the ancient people who once lived in the mysterious Broch Towers. The Abandoned Marsh: A trip to the bleak Romney Marsh is next for Aubrey where he searches for clues to a haunting and empty landscape in which humans once thrived and then mysteriously deserted. Now only church ruins and tales of days gone by remain as Aubrey endeavours to find out what became of these lost communities. The Riddle Of The Yorkshire Tracks: Aubrey ventures to the bleak and dangerous North Yorkshire coastline for his next adventure to embark on an investigation into a forgotten story of Britain's industrial past. By day this stretch of coast appears like any other but when the tide goes out a different and mysterious landscape is revealed - Can Aubrey solve The Riddle Of The Yorkshire Tracks? The Terraces Of Avalon: Along the steep sides of the Glastonbury Tor there's a distinctive pattern of regular stepped terraces but their origin is a mystery. Is there a connection with the myths and legends that permeate this intoxicating landscape? For the last programme in this series Aubrey travels to Glastonbury to investigate the riddle of The Terraces of Avalon.

  • Planet Earth/Life [DVD] Planet Earth/Life | DVD | (30/11/2009) from £18.79  |  Saving you £19.20 (50.50%)  |  RRP £37.99

    Planet Earth & Life Box Set

  • Discovery Channel: Nasa's Grea [Blu-ray] Discovery Channel: Nasa's Grea | Blu Ray | (14/03/2009) from £14.98  |  Saving you £15.01 (50.10%)  |  RRP £29.99

    Since the dawn of mankind we have stared up at the lights in the sky and wondered... Now join the heroic men and women of NASA who have dared the impossible on some of the greatest adventures ever undertaken the quest to reach out beyond Earth and into the great unknown of space! Discovery Channel has collaborated with NASA to reveal the epic struggles tragedies and triumphs in a bold chapter of human history.

  • The BBC Natural History Collection [Blu-ray] The BBC Natural History Collection | Blu Ray | (19/10/2009) from £23.49  |  Saving you £46.50 (66.40%)  |  RRP £69.99

    A collection of BBC nature documentaries. 'Wild China' (2008) narrated by Bernard Hill focuses on one of the world's most enigmatic and magnificent countries. The programme delves into the country's vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see in pioneering images a dazzling array of mysterious beautiful wild and rare creatures. Tilda Swinton narrates 'Galapagos' (2005) which explores the distinctive flora and fauna of the Galapagos archipelago. Charles Darwin's world within itself is the subject of this in-depth programme. The Galapagos Islands are every botanist's Shangri-La: the 13 main islands are actually underwater volcanoes and are situated at the confluence of four oceanic currents. This singular habitat combined with its isolated location has given rise to hundreds of varieties of flora and fauna found nowhere else but here. 'South Pacific' (2009) explores the vast South Pacific ocean and its many islands giving viewers the opportunity to see beyond the white sandy beaches and palm trees. Both the wildlife and the islander's way of life and rituals are examined showing how both cope with their remote environment. Highlights include spectacular sights of giant crabs that can open coconuts undersea volcanos and the use of super slow motion footage to capture the scale of some of the of the world's biggest waves. 'Nature's Great Events' (2009) chronicles some of the planet's most spectacular natural events and shows how these phenomena can transform entire landscapes drawing in millions of animals and determining their fate. The series also explains how powerful natural forces can trigger chain reactions involving everything from microscopic organisms to entire tracts of rainforest. Events featured in the series include the Pacific salmon run the greening of the Serengeti the plankton bloom in the Pacific Northwest the spring thaw in the Arctic the flooding of the Okavango Delta and the South Atlantic sardine run.

  • Natural World - Lobo - The Wolf That Changed America Natural World - Lobo - The Wolf That Changed America | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £4.99  |  Saving you £0.00 (0.00%)  |  RRP £4.99

    This is a true story about a man who came to New Mexico in 1893 to kill a wolf but ended up saving the American wilderness instead. Ernest Thompson Seaton's epic duel became a pivotal moment in American history helping to change the way people see wolves forever. Based on the personal diaries of Ernest himself and incorporating dramatic early footage this film presents the methods he used to track wolves and to finally catch the big prize Lobo himself. This is a simple true story of a unique meeting of man and animal set against the remarkable backdrop of the very wild west.

  • Big Cat Week - Series 1 And 2 Big Cat Week - Series 1 And 2 | DVD | (17/07/2006) from £4.50  |  Saving you £7.30 (56.20%)  |  RRP £12.99

    To celebrate a decade of Big Cat Diary action we revisit the cast and characters offering a unique opportunity to watch their unfolding lives over a two-year span. From a camp in the heart of Kenya's magnificent Masi Mara specialist teams observe the daily lives and adventures of Africa's big cats. Series 1:The Marsh Pride of lions is 30 strong - a magnificent group of females sub-adults and cubs. But there's a problem their sole defender is lone male Simba. When two yo

  • Jacques Cousteau - The Silent World [DVD] [1956] Jacques Cousteau - The Silent World | DVD | (23/05/2011) from £8.45  |  Saving you £4.54 (34.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Witness the birth of a new kind of documentary, as legendary diver, conservationist and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau takes you deep beneath the waves to explore a wealth of life that was previously hidden from view. As much of the technology for shooting film underwater was developed by Cousteau’s team, this was the first time such amazing sights could be captured on film. The result, a Technicolor 1950s masterpiece, succeeds both in revealing an untouched world of beauty, life and drama, as well asevoking a sense of adventure, freedom and boundless possibility. A window into the world beneath the sea as well as the colourfuland nostalgic world of the 1950s, The Silent World was the start of an entire movement, and is now available on DVD as a vital partof any collection.

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