David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.
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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 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
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
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 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
Life in the Freezer (TV Series 1993)
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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Stars: David Attenborough
Life on Earth (TV Mini-Series 1979)
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David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Stars: David Attenborough
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
Nature's Most Amazing Events (TV Mini-Series 2009)
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This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see the impact of the melting of the arctic ice in the summer, the annual return of the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Joe Stevens, Paul Beilstein
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
Africa (TV Mini-Series 2013)
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Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred
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
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

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Himself - Host: Three and a half million years separate the individual who left these footprints in the sands of Africa from the one who left them on the moon. A mere blink in the eye of evolution. Using his burgeoning intelligence, this most successful of mammals has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever-increasing population. In spite of disasters when civilisations have over-reached themselves, that process has continued, indeed accelerated, even today. Now mankind is looking for food, not ...
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worth watching, but ,for many may not hold the same replay value as other "Life of" series
6 January 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

As with all BBC "Life" series of documentaries the life of mammals contains, and in spades, amazing never seen before footage, an appropriately matching musical score, high production values and the calming, fascinating narrative,and infectious enthusiasm of sir David Attenborough .

All these elements mean some of the best TV has to offer and a benchmark for documentary. Some of the highlights of the series are the never seen before footage of the platypus nest. The Kangaroos giving birth and the elephants salt mining. Yet life of mammals scores, in my book, less than all other Life series.

so what went wrong here? i am afraid old Davy dropped the ball with this one; he has remained respectably fairly neutral on the subject of evolution in his past series, he mentions the facts, why and how animals, plants..etc are behaving, and leaves it up to the audience ,to conclude for themselves ,if its all the result of evolution or intelligent design .

This time around ,he threw the rules and long standing tradition of BBC aside and instead decided to keep regurgitating the still much debated theory of evolution through out each and every single episode in this 10 parts series as if it is a universally agreed upon fact ! And then ends the series with an hour long episode citing the similarities between apes and humans and regurgitates that human's were apes again and again as if it's a universally agreed upon fact . So much, that my uncle, a long time fan of David's work, was rolling his eyes many times during the last 2 episodes.much of the footage in last two episodes highlighting monkeys social nature and behavior is interesting,but clearly the narration was not objective.Rather than wasting time trying to shove evolution down peoples throats, precious time could've been spent showing more rare species and fascinating FACTs about mammals.

This review is not intended to spark a never ending evolution / creation debate, but with all due respect to the BBC and sir David, if you want to make the case of evolution, then make another dedicated show to debate the theory and represent other points of view in a neutral and objective way, the BBC way, or at least the way it used to be. That being said I still feel this series is worth watching, but ,for many may not hold the same replay value as other "Life" series .


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