The world's leading natural history film-makers meet the world's most charismatic animals!
David Attenborough reveals a secret universe - it is teeming with life and is all around us, yet we never see it. It is the world of the very small, and it is a world of sex, drugs and violence. Here David shows us not just bugs, beetles and creepy-crawlies, but scorpions and centipedes, mites and mantids, spiders and dragonflies. And not just life in the undergrowth, but the dramatic battles between predator and prey that are happening in the corner of your living room and in your larder. Se...
Outspoken, intelligent, attractive and down-to-earth, single mother Merrily Watkins is not what you'd expect to see upon hearing the words Church of England priest.
The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth as seen on the BBC. Five years in production over 2000 days in the field using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions photography and unique specially developed filming techniques Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.
One of the most beautiful and complex 3D projects ever filmed. 'Galapagos is one of the wonder places of the world a laboratory of evolution. Because of Darwin it is always a historic place for any zoologist. Anyone interested in the history of life on Earth and how it came to be really has to come here.' - David Attenborough. In this stunning series David Attenborough peels back the Earth's surface to shed light on the hidden forces that have built and shaped one of its most amazing places: the islands of the Galapagos. This landmark three-part documentary introduces us to a range of extraordinary creatures - from the iconic Giant Tortoise to the courting Waved Albatrosses - while the use of 3D technology allows us to see all this as if we are actually there. The result is a truly mesmerising exploration of the world's most miraculous landscape plant life and animals.
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.
A glorious portrait of the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean, presented by Sir David Attenborough. This documentary looks at man's attitude towards nature from the rise of ancient Egypt to the fall of the Roman Empire, the transformation of the lands around the Mediterranean due to human migration, wars and the growth of trade in medieval times, the discovery of the New World and how the cutting of the Suez Canal introduced new species to the area.
In this major new science series from Channel 4 Richard Dawkins James Dyson Stephen Hawking David Attenborough and Robert Winston celebrate the great thinkers and moments in British science from Newton to the present day. Britain's great inventors and scientists have led the world and been at the forefront of some of history's greatest advances. From the steam engine to the world wide web from the theory of evolution to the discovery of the atom British science and ingenuity have helped shape the modern world. The Genius of Britain tells the stories of the people behind these pivotal moments of the men and women who overcame all obstacles in search of scientific advancement. Their tales range from accounts of pure genius when the apple fell and the secrets of the universe were unlocked to dark tales of obsession deception and even bodysnatching. Tackling the areas closest to their hearts and using hands-on demonstrations the five co-presenters tell the human stories behind the scientific and engineering discoveries that we so often take for granted.
David Attenborough presents the biggest ever wildlife series devoted to mammals. A Winning Design: From the tiniest bat to the massive blue whale, all mammals share the ability to nurture their young on milk and regulate their own temperatures. Insect Hunters: Mammals from tiny shrews to giant anteaters have specialised in eating insects. Some have even pursued their prey into the skies. Plant Predators: The plant eaters take on the largely indigestible, spiny and pois...
Take a 500 million-year journey back through time and discover the epic story of the vertebrates. David Attenborough has spent his career marvelling at the beauty and variety of animal life on Earth constantly in awe of the incredible diversity of creatures that have evolved from just a handful of ancient life forms. Now with newly discovered fossil sites and advances in scientific research David can piece together biological clues from animals alive today to make the extraordinary connections that explain how the incredible range of creatures on Earth came to be. On an eye-opening journey that combines captivating CGI graphics with groundbreaking natural history footage David also reveals some fascinating truths about our own human biology and uncovers some of the amazing ways that our bodies today still bare the traces of this epic evolutionary story.
Life on Earth (1979) is an epic 13-programme series, presented by David Attenborough, offering a chronological account of the flora and fauna of planet Earth over a period of 3,500 million years. Whether recounting the first journey from the sea to the land, the development of insects and flowers, or "The First Forests" and "The Lords of the Air", Attenborough's enthusiasm is infectious. He guides us through "The Infinite Variety" of life from microbes to marsupials, via an unforgettable meeting with mountain gorillas, to conclude with "The Compulsive Communicators", mankind itself. Three years in the making, involving 1.5 million miles of travel and featuring some of the most beautiful, breathtaking and ambitious photography then seen on television, Life on Earth was the first natural history blockbuster. It redefined TV by showing that an epic, serious wildlife documentary could be a massive success. As such, it remains a true television landmark and paved the way for Attenborough's The Living Planet and further entries in what became known as his "Life" series. On the DVD: Life on Earth is presented complete in this DVD box set, with a total running time of 715 minutes (13 x 55 minutes). --Gary S Dalkin
David Attenborough shares his passion for fossils and fulfils one of his most enduring ambitions: a global fossil hunt. He looks at the huge role now played by computer models and animations in determining how these incredible creatures looked and behaved. Also why after domainating the Earth for 160 million years did the dinosaurs become extinct?
The famous spy-cams turn their attention to nature's most awe-inspiring event - the great wildebeest migration. Trek features a cast of literally thousands as countless wildebeest zebra and antelope are joined by the hyena leopard jackal cheetah and crocodile which prey on them. To personalise this story remote cameras follow the fortunes of a baby wildebeest and a young zebra. Each has a very different story to tell. From their perspective viewers experience all the significant events of the 3000 kilometre year-long circular journey. This epic story combines natural humour with high-octane drama. But the bouldercams dungcams and invisiblecams of past productions have grown into an army of over twenty mobile and remote cameras giving saturation coverage.
It's a small world after all... In this revolutionary new series David Attenborough reveals the marvellous adaptability of the most successful group of animals on the planet. Using pioneering macroscopic filmmaking techniques he explores in unparalleled detail the intricate sophisticated behaviours of these fascinating creatures and the complexity of the environments they build and inhabit in a world normally hidden from the human eye. From armies of killer ants to spiders weaving silken trap doors ferocious scorpions with paralysing stings beetles shooting boiling chemicals at their enemies bees communicating with a waggle dance and assassin bugs that clothe themselves in their victims' corpses; David Attenborough will - as never before - take viewers deep into the macroscopic world of bugs.
The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production over 2000 days in the field using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions photography and unique specially developed filming techniques Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.
To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'On the Origin of Species' the BBC is airing a season of landmark TV and radio programmes. Simple yet profound Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is one of the most influential scientific ideas ever conceived. Even today its conclusions and implications impact religion politics economics and art as well as our understanding of the natural world. David Attenborough Andrew Marr Armand Leroi and Melyvn Bragg are among the key names who will explore Darwin's extraordinary life and work.
Sir David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history film making for over half a century, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet's history. In this unique and important series he delivers his testimony in a trio of spectacular films, focusing on three areas which have transformed most profoundly over his career: film making, science and the environment.
Few birds have captured the human imagination as deeply as the eagle. Throughout the centuries this majestic bird of prey has been the symbol of strength and courage such is the perfection of its natural design. There are 60 different kinds of eagle throughout the world - each type having adapted spectacularly to hunting different forms of prey. This Special embarks on a grand tour through 12 countries and encounters 15 of the world's species. Remarkable aerial photography captures t
Filmed on five continents 'The Living Planet' examines one by one each of the earth's environments, seeing how living organisms survive and thrive in conditions which range from the Arctic to the tropical. Also revealed is how creatures in similar habitats thousands of miles apart have adopted intriguingly similar solutions to their common problems. The series begins at the beginning, how huge forces formed the earth, how continents move and how the planet has become so varied. The next 10 ...
Written and presented by David Attenborough. This boxset contains all of David Attenborough's Life series among the greatest and most beautiful nature documentaries ever made. Life On Earth Life On Earth offers a chronological account of the flora and fauna of planet Earth over a period of 3,500 million years. The Living Planet An ambitious 12-part documentary that spanned the globe with portraits of each of the major geographical regions that offer a home to life. Trials Of Life Originally broadcast in 1990, Trials Of Life examines animal behaviour in all its infinite variety. In doing so we are allowed to witness some of the most enchanting animal personalities, as well as some of the most fearsome. Life In The Freezer Life In The Freezer reveals incomparable standards of natural history filming to trace Antarctica's seasonal cycle from the long winter months when the formation of ice almost doubles its surface area, to the brief summer when the race to breed really heats up. The Private Life Of Plants David Attenborough takes us through each aspect of plants' lives travelling, growing, flowering, their struggle with other plants and animals, and the ingenious way they adapt to even the harshest of conditions. The Life Of Birds The Life Of Birds celebrates the incredible variety of the world's best loved creatures and provides fresh insight into the fascinating way of life. The Life Of Mammals The Life Of Mammals features many of the planet's most fascinating species, including ourselves, and illustrates how mammals have become so incredibly diverse and successful. Life In The Undergrowth Join David Attenborough on his ground-breaking exploration in a spectacular miniature universe never normally seen, but teeming all around us. These creatures may be minuscule, but they live life on a truly grand scale. Life In Cold Blood The last in David Attenborough's pioneering Life series sees him exploring the fascinating lives of reptiles and amphibians that have roamed the planet for millions of years.
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