There has been life in Britain for more than a billion years and when dinosaurs roamed our land and strange sea monsters swam in our seas they left fascinating clues behind. Fossils hold the key to discovering the mysteries of ancient life and provide a tantalizing glimpse of worlds long gone. The Fossil Detectives are on a journey throughout the British Isles piecing together the clues that unlock the secrets of Britain's extraordinary past. Fossil Detectives showcases Britain's amazing wealth of fossil remains inspiring the explorer in all of us. Each packed episode is based in a different region of Britain breathing life into the country's most spectacular fossil finds and discovering how fossils are at the cutting edge of scientific research. So join Hermione Cockburn and a host of other top fossil loving celebrities including Sir David Attenborough and Blur's Alex James on a fossil adventure.
This second David Attenborough DVD Box Set contains three of his natural history series, all presented complete: Life on Earth The Living Planet The Private Life of Plants
Twenty years ago David Attenborough started making a series of programmes about the different groups of living organisms that inhabit the lands of our planet - birds and mammals plants and insects amphibians and reptiles. He looked at the history of each one from its first appearance and surveyed the multitude of different forms into which it now involved. These landmark series now form David Attenborough's 15 disc Life on Land DVD Encyclopaedia and are brought to you here in the order in which these various groups arrived during the history of life. All the series in this Life on Land DVD Encyclopaedia have been indexed to provide rapid reference to each species mentioned and to behavioural categories such as mimicry camouflage or conflict. The index can be accessed on screen through the menu on each of the discs alternatively a precise reference can be found in the hard-backed book which accompanies the collection.
The Trials of Life started as David Attenborough's most ambitious wildlife project, and ended as something really big. First came Life on Earth (1978), then The Living Planet (1984), but when The Trials of Life (1990) arrived the already epic individual series became "The Life Trilogy", collectively the most impressive documentary achievement in the history of television. Unfortunately the epic has shrunk here, as not only have the credits been removed, but each of the 12 original episodes having been cut from 49 minutes to 28 minutes (though the scene everyone remembers--a whale pursuing its prey right onto the beach--survives). Rather than focus on evolution or geography, the emphasis is on animal behaviour, from courting and mating, to giving birth and raising the young, hunting, flight and fighting, finding shelter, and migration. This immediacy makes The Trials of Life the most accessible of "The Life Trilogy" for younger children, though the abridgement makes it play like a superior schools programme. This short-attention-span version of a television masterpiece simply makes one wish for a fully restored, extra packed special edition of the complete series. David Attenborough would go on to make The Private Life of Plants and The Life of Birds. --Gary S Dalkin On the DVD: The Trials of Life has a good though slightly soft and grainy 4:3 picture that would benefit from remastering from the original elements. The stereo sound is a clear improvement over the originally broadcast mono, but a full 5.1 DTS remix would have brought out the best in the atmospheric natural location recording. The only extra is a 49-minute "making of" documentary, "Once More into the Termite House", originally shown as a companion to the series. Given a DVD all to itself, this programme offers a real insight into the challenges of making such a vast programme, while David Attenborough is as affable as ever. There are optional English and Greek subtitles on all three discs. --Gary S Dalkin
This is the story of author and naturalist Gerald Durrell founder of Jersey Zoo and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The story is told by Gerald himself HRH The Princess Royal who is patron of the Trust and actor and writer John Cleese. The programme is introduced by Sir David Attenborough.
Badgers are loved by many and hated by others, yet very few people have ever seen one in real life. So how does the badger maintain this secret life? This film follows a badger family throughout the year, from the birth of their tiny cubs deep underground to their spring emergence, discovery of summer scenery and encounters with people and wild neighbours. Set against the idyll of country life on a working farm, this film uncovers the dark and light side of the badger as never seen before. Wh...
As befits the BBC's reputation for producing some of the world's best nature documentaries, Planet Earth is an epic travelogue, focussing on different ecologies and the unique animals that inhabit them. Once again, Sir David Attenborough provides the narration, as the cameras fly across the surface of the earth, zooming in to give us a bug's eye view one minute, zooming out to give us an eagle's perspective the next. The BBC's cameramen filmed more than 200 locations, resulting in some truly spectacular footage, much of which has never before been seen--such as the rare sight of an endangered snow leopard hunting in the Himalayas, or great white sharks leaping from the water as they hunt. The creators of Planet Earth endured some of the world's most hostile environments, from the deepest ocean depths to an Antarctic blizzard to a fetid, cockroach- and bat-infested cave, just to grab a few moments of film; it's worth watching the "Making of" shorts that accompany each episode, in order to see just what lengths they had to go to. The three extra episodes here--Planet Earth: The Future--provide a sobering finale, as Sir David practically pleads with viewers to cherish the animals that we share this planet with, before it's too late. --Ted Kord
The critically acclaimed documentary When Bj rk Met Attenborough will be released on DVD and Blu-ray via One Little Indian. Originally screened in the UK on Channel 4, When Bj rk Met Attenborough follows Bj rk and Attenborough as they investigate and discuss the connection which exists between music and nature. Narrated by Tilda Swinton and inspired by Bj rk's technological project 'Biophilia', which Attenborough provided a spoken introduction for, the film is a unique encounte.
Iguanas - Living like Dinosaurs is narrated by Sir David Attenborough also features Jeff Corwin and his search for Mexico's most venomous snake.
Snakes. Impossible animals. No legs. No forelimbs. Just a pair of jaws and a body. Yet they are hunters equipped with a multitude of detection devices, and sophisticated weaponry. Able to go for months between meals, lightning fast in the strike, snakes have conquered the planet. They are the most successul predators on earth.
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Leopards are the supreme masters of stealth and camouflage. Secretive and elusive, they're also the least-known of all Africa''s big cats. Rarely active in the daytime, they're creatures of the night and this has made them impossible to observe by film-makers or scientists - until now.
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This trilogy includes the titles Life On Earth The Living Planet and Trials Of Life.
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 design. There are 60 different kinds of eagle throughout the world - each type having adapted spectacularly to hunting different forms of prey. In this film, remarkable aerial photography captures the dramatic life of the eagles as never before...
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