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Season: 1
Year: 1990


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Arriving

3 October 1990
The first dangerous step into a hazardous world. From egg laying to live-bearing mammals have adopted an extraordinary variety of techniques to give birth, but the release of an egg to the safe delivery of an infant is merely one step in the great journey through life.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 2: Growing Up

10 October 1990
For some baby animals, the care of diligent parents smooths the way to adulthood. Whereas others are abandoned before their childhood is over. But whether cared for or not, the main trial remains the same; staying alive during this difficult period.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 3: Finding Food

17 October 1990
Finding enough to eat is a problem which faces every animal on the planet and since animals - unlike plants - cannot manufacture their own food, they have to eat other organisms which, by and large, don't welcome the experience.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 4: Hunting and Escaping

24 October 1990
Kill or die. Escape or perish. Such life and death duels are fought on a daily basis in the wild between assassins and their victims and have fuelled a long evolutionary arms race.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 5: Finding the Way

31 October 1990
How do animals find their way around the globe with such extraordinary accuracy - an accuracy which we have only been able to match in recent years with satellite navigation.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 6: Homemaking

7 November 1990
To create their hugely varied homes, animals become potters and plasterers, weavers and needleworkers, miners, masons, scaffolders, thatchers and sculptors.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 7: Living Together

14 November 1990
Whole communities of different kinds of animals have been committed by evolution to live together. We show how some of these animal partnerships are ancient and intricate, whilst others are just being formed and that the delicate balance of benefit and exploitation is ever-changing.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 8: Fighting

21 November 1990
Fighting is most usually an expression of competition - for food, for land or for a mate. But all fights do not have to be expressed with physical violence. Some are also ritualised encounters in which conflict is waged by signals and in which the only damage done is psychological.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 9: Friends and Rivals

28 November 1990
Many animals find it advantageous, essential even, to live in social groups where recognising friends and respecting the power of rivals is vital. However there are problems: inevitable squabbles over food, disputes over nesting places and arguments over mates.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 10: Talking to Strangers

5 December 1990
An exploration of the enormous variety of ways in which animals communicate and then by imitating or adopting some of these, David Attenborough demonstrates how he is able to "talk" to animals.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 11: Courting

12 December 1990
In the animal kingdom all sorts of methods are employed to attract the best mate from singing, to fantastical displays of plumage, to stylish dance routines, and more violent strategies like the clashing of horns and the assaults on a rival's property.

David Attenborough ... Himself

Season 1, Episode 12: Continuing the Line

19 December 1990
A look at the ingenious strategies employed by animals in their desperate attempts to find and retain a mate.

David Attenborough ... Himself

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