David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.
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The Living Planet (TV Series 1984)
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David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Stars: David Attenborough
The Trials of Life (TV Series 1990)
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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.

Stars: David Attenborough
The Private Life of Plants (TV Series 1995)
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David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish.

Stars: David Attenborough
The Life of Birds (TV Series 1998)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.

Stars: David Attenborough
Life in the Freezer (TV Series 1993)
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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Stars: David Attenborough
The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Stars: David Attenborough
Life in the Undergrowth (TV Mini-Series 2005)
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David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates.

Stars: David Attenborough
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (TV Series 1989)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of fossils, which give many clues to how life existed on pre-historic Earth.

Stars: David Attenborough
Life in Cold Blood (TV Series 2008)
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A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Stars: David Attenborough
Attenborough in Paradise (TV Movie 1996)
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David Attenborough travels to the forests of Papua New Guinea, where 38 of the 42 kinds of bird of paradise are found.

Director: Paul Reddish
Stars: David Attenborough
Madagascar (TV Mini-Series 2011)
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Over 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover what made Madagascar so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution ran wild there.

Stars: David Attenborough, John Brown, Rainer Dolch
First Life (TV Series 2010)
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David Attenborough goes back in time to investigate the origins of life.

Stars: David Attenborough, Hazel Barton, Jean-Bernard Caron
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British naturalist David Attenborough examines the diversity and origins of "life on earth." As is usual with David Attenborough's work, the camera work is outstanding and employed techniques which were ground-breaking in their day. Also, as is his custom, Mr. Attenborough filmed this series in locales all across the world. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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An additional item on the DVD is David Attenborough being interviewed by fellow naturalist Tony Soper regarding the making of Life on Earth including the equipment used (at around 23 mins) See more »

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David Attenborough: There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive. This is the story of how a few of them came to be as they are.
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Iconic story of how life and evolution work
28 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I still remember watching the first episode of this series with my Father back in 1979. Wow, that is a long time ago! I was about twelve and sat transfixed to the television. I'd never seen anything like it and it really answered so many questions and inspired others. As mentioned elsewhere it is beautifully shot, using a great score and sound effects. Sir David's (he is now!) delivery, enthusiasm, scripting skills and knowledge shine through.

Okay the sound is mono and it is not HD, but that doesn't matter. This really is a classic piece of work, like a Hitchcock. It was the first of it's kind and a must watch for all nature / evolution fans. Years later I went to University and the first episode was used as a teaching aid for year one students on the geology course; it was that good.

Viewers that are students, must realise that the science of evolution has moved on and not everything is scientifically correct now. But, that adds another edge to this where you can see how our knowledge has moved on so much. For non scientists though there is much to learn and if you find yourself as visually engaged as I was at age twelve then you can then maybe settle down and work your way through the rest of the Sir David Attenborough classics!

Believe me the series is well worth a watch even if you're only slightly interested in nature and evolution.


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