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A natural history of animal behavior
Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.
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 (Series Cast [1])

David Attenborough ... Himself (12 episodes, 1990)

Series Directed by
Michael Gunton (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
David Attenborough (12 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Peter Jones .... executive producer / producer (12 episodes, 1990)
Alastair Fothergill .... assistant producer / producer (5 episodes, 1990)
Michael Gunton .... assistant producer / producer (4 episodes, 1990)
Keenan Smart .... producer (3 episodes, 1990)
Marion Zunz .... producer (3 episodes, 1990)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (12 episodes, 1990)
Series Cinematography by
Mike Herd (12 episodes, 1990)
Martyn Colbeck (10 episodes, 1990)
Kevin Flay (10 episodes, 1990)
Alan Hayward (10 episodes, 1990)
Michael deGruy (9 episodes, 1990)
Steve Downer (9 episodes, 1990)
Rodger Jackman (8 episodes, 1990)
Hugh Maynard (8 episodes, 1990)
Michael W. Richards (8 episodes, 1990)
Paul Atkins (7 episodes, 1990)
Barrie Britton (7 episodes, 1990)
Michael Pitts (7 episodes, 1990)
Glen Carruthers (6 episodes, 1990)
Andrew Young (6 episodes, 1990)
Jim Frazier (5 episodes, 1990)
Richard Kirby (5 episodes, 1990)
Red Denner (4 episodes, 1990)
Ian McCarthy (4 episodes, 1990)
Gavin Thurston (4 episodes, 1990)
Rob Brown (3 episodes, 1990)
Graham Frake (3 episodes, 1990)
Simon King (3 episodes, 1990)
Brian McDairmant (3 episodes, 1990)
Martin Saunders (3 episodes, 1990)
Stephen Bolwell (2 episodes, 1990)
Richard Ganniclifft (2 episodes, 1990)
Paul Morris (2 episodes, 1990)
Mike Potts (2 episodes, 1990)
Rick Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1990)
Peter Scoones (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Film Editing by
Martin Elsbury (4 episodes, 1990)
Jo Payne (3 episodes, 1990)
Chris Wade (3 episodes, 1990)
Chris Orrell (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Management
Rita Morris .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Department
Alison Murphy .... graphic designer (1 episode, 1990)
Series Sound Department
Graham Ross .... sound (12 episodes, 1990)
Lyndon Bird .... sound (7 episodes, 1990)
Peter Hicks .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1990)
Trevor Gosling .... sound (6 episodes, 1990)
Donaldo MacIver .... sound (5 episodes, 1990)
Andrew Wilson .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 1990)
Paul Cowgill .... dubbing editor / dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1990)
Graham Wild .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1990)
Grace Atkins .... sound (3 episodes, 1990)
Jo Bale .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1990)
Ian Butcher .... dubbing editor (3 episodes, 1990)
Roger Long .... sound (3 episodes, 1990)
Series Visual Effects by
Luciano Marigo-Spitaleri .... colorist (6 episodes, 1990)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... film lighting (1 episode, 1990)
Series Editorial Department
Peter Belcher .... series video tape editor (12 episodes, 1990)
Rex Sawyers .... series telecine (12 episodes, 1990)
Angela Groves .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Music Department
Adrian Thomas .... musical associate (12 episodes, 1990)
Series Other crew
Nick Upton .... series researcher (12 episodes, 1990)
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (12 episodes, 1990)
Rupert Barrington .... researcher (10 episodes, 1990)
Neil Lucas .... researcher (5 episodes, 1990)
Chris McFarling .... researcher (5 episodes, 1990)
Ruth Flowers .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Diana Richards .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Mary Summerill .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Gillian Baxendell .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1990)
Yvonne Webb .... production secretary (3 episodes, 1990)
Jan Aldenhoven .... researcher (2 episodes, 1990)
Sarah Byatt .... researcher (2 episodes, 1990)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Solid Gold Attenborough Classic, 25 January 2014
Author: Dylan-Potter

The Trials of Life is an amazing show. Highlighting the trials for animals, showing great film such as the iconic orca hunting scene, but it also can be seen as a form of social commentary for the humans. About how animals and humans are quite alike. The beginning, Arrival is a show of how birth can be a hardship, and I'm never gonna know how hard it is, being a man, but my mum doesn't treat it like a painless thing, and I'm sure the stars of that episode don't either. Growing Up is something everything has to do, and it is just as hard for animals as humans. Finding Food shows how hard finding food can be for animals, and indeed for humans as well. By that I mean, not everyone has food at their doorstep and can easily be brought to their mouth. Hunting and Escaping is the thrilling story of staying' alive, whether you're a seal escaping a killer whale, or maybe a human giving up on drugs to escape the hunter. Finding the Way is the tale of finding a way out of things. Finding the Way to the top, or to another place, and Finding the Way is low rating, but it rings truest in the mind frame of sometimes you need to do it yourself, because we may sometimes need a little help, but you can't reply on a natural power, you need to be making it on your own. Homemaking-animals and humans all need a place to go. Living Together-animal species learn to live together, and so can humans. Fighting doesn't have moral relatable meaning, but is probably the best episode, because it's just such a very thrilling adventure. Friends and Rivals-we all need somebody to lean on, as Bill Withers wisely wrote, but not everyone can be our friend, and we need to have rivals because it is normal. Talking to Strangers can be useful as shown by the episode. Courting and Continuing the Line means getting somebody, and sex, which is what you get when you accomplish all of the above. So by David Attenborough making animals relatable, doesn't this make him a genius, doesn't he make you wonder like no other. That is why this, (one of my top 3 Attenboroughs) is great. It makes you see what you really are, the true genius of this program which I highly recommend.

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