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Planet Earth: Season 1: Episode 11 -- In this final stunning episode, a 30 ton whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour. Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.


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Emmy Award winning, 11-episodes, 5-years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. Full summary »
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 5)

David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator (11 episodes, 2006)

Sigourney Weaver ... Narrator - US Version (11 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Alastair Fothergill (11 episodes, 2006)
Series Writing credits
Gary Parker (9 episodes, 2006)
David Attenborough (5 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Maureen Lemire .... executive producer: Discovery Channel / executive producer (11 episodes, 2006)
Shannon C. Malone .... producer: Discovery Channel / producer (11 episodes, 2006)
Kera Rennert .... producer: promo (11 episodes, 2006)
Alastair Fothergill .... series producer (9 episodes, 2006)
Vanessa Berlowitz .... producer: Planet Earth Diary / producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Penny Allen .... assistant producer / producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Huw Cordey .... producer / producer: Planet Earth Diary (3 episodes, 2006)
Tom Hugh-Jones .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Kathryn Jeffs .... assistant producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Jonathan Keeling .... assistant producer / producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Mark Linfield .... producer (3 episodes, 2006)
Mark Brownlow .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (11 episodes, 2006)
Sam Watts (6 episodes, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Michael Kelem (5 episodes, 2006)
Doug Anderson (3 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Shillabeer (3 episodes, 2006)
Peter Kragh (2 episodes, 2006)
Paul Stewart (2 episodes, 2006)

Mike Madden (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Andy Netley (3 episodes, 2006)
Stuart Napier (2 episodes, 2006)
David Pearce (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Management
Mandy Knight .... production manager (11 episodes, 2006)
Series Sound Department
Frank Scheuring .... post-production sound / sound post-production (11 episodes, 2006)
Kate Hopkins .... sound editor (6 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Wilson .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 2006)
Tim Owens .... sound editor (5 episodes, 2006)
Graham Wild .... dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 2006)
Ben Jones .... foley artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Visual Effects by
Tim Brade .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2006)
Nicholas Brooks .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2006)
Steve Burrell .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2006)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial cinematographer (8 episodes, 2006)
Martyn Colbeck .... photographer / camera operator / ... (7 episodes, 2006)
Barrie Britton .... photography / photographer / ... (6 episodes, 2006)
Ted Giffords .... camera operator / photography (5 episodes, 2006)
Justin Maguire .... photographer / camera operator / ... (5 episodes, 2006)
Peter Scoones .... camera operator / photographer / ... (5 episodes, 2006)
Warwick Sloss .... camera operator / photography (5 episodes, 2006)
Rod Clarke .... photographer / photography (4 episodes, 2006)
Michael Kelem .... photography / camera operator / ... (4 episodes, 2006)
Shane Moore .... photographer / camera operator (4 episodes, 2006)
Tim Shepherd .... photography / photographer (4 episodes, 2006)
Paul Stewart .... camera operator / photographer (4 episodes, 2006)
Doug Allen .... photographer / photography (3 episodes, 2006)
Simon King .... camera operator / photographer / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Ian McCarthy .... photographer / camera operator (3 episodes, 2006)
Toshihiro Muta .... photographer (3 episodes, 2006)
Didier Noirot .... camera operator / photographer (3 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Penniket .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2006)
Mark Smith .... photographer / photography (3 episodes, 2006)
Gavin Thurston .... camera operator / photographer (3 episodes, 2006)
Emre Aslay .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Paul Atkins .... additional cinematographer (2 episodes, 2006)
Steve Downer .... camera operator / photography (2 episodes, 2006)
Justine Evans .... photographer (2 episodes, 2006)
Wade Fairley .... photographer / photography (2 episodes, 2006)
Mike Holding .... camera operator / photographer (2 episodes, 2006)
Alistair MacEwen .... camera operator / photographer (2 episodes, 2006)
David McKay .... photographer / photography (2 episodes, 2006)
Matt Norman .... camera operator / camera operator: Second Unit (2 episodes, 2006)
Mark Payne-Gill .... camera operator / photographer (2 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Shillabeer .... photography (2 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Turner .... photographer (2 episodes, 2006)
John Waters .... photographer / photography (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Editorial Department
Luke Rainey .... colorist (11 episodes, 2006)
Steve Olive .... on-line editor (9 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Chastney .... editor: Planet Earth Diary (8 episodes, 2006)
Steve March .... additional editor (7 episodes, 2006)
Thom Sulek .... additional editor (4 episodes, 2006)
Chas Francis .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Music Department
Steve Price .... music engineer/mixer (11 episodes, 2006)
BBC Concert Orchestra .... music performed by (10 episodes, 2006)
Robert Houston .... score pro tools recordist (3 episodes, 2006)
Sam Watts .... composer: Planet Earth Diary (3 episodes, 2006)
Series Other crew
Tom Chen .... publicist: u.s. (11 episodes, 2006)
Samantha Davis .... production team assistant (11 episodes, 2006)
Chris Golding .... production executive (11 episodes, 2006)
Tommesha Allen .... production coordinator: for Discovery Channel / production coordinator: Discovery Channel / ... (9 episodes, 2006)
Tom Clarke .... field assistant / researcher (5 episodes, 2006)
Conrad H. Maufe .... researcher (4 episodes, 2006)
Susan Aartse-Tuyn .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
James Aldred .... field assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Amanda Hutchinson .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
Sarah Wade .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Wilson .... researcher / field assistant (3 episodes, 2006)
Justin Anderson .... researcher (2 episodes, 2006)
Lesley Bishop .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)
Dave Cox .... post-production researcher (2 episodes, 2006)
Georgette Douwma .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Chadden Hunter .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Richard Jones .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Frederique Olivier .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Emma Peace .... researcher (2 episodes, 2006)
Jason Roberts .... field assistant / location manager (2 episodes, 2006)
Lisa Sibbald .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)
Graham Springer .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Raimar van den Bylaardt II .... safety diver (2 episodes, 2006)
Joanne Verity .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)
Martin Whatley .... production finance coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)
Paul Zakora .... field assistant (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Thanks
Dany Cleyet-Marrel .... the BBC wishes to thank (3 episodes, 2006)
Gracie Atkins .... the BBC wishes to thank (2 episodes, 2006)
Brady Doak .... the BBC wishes to thank (2 episodes, 2006)
Dan Eatherley .... the BBC wishes to thank (2 episodes, 2006)
Masahiro Hayakawa .... the BBC wishes to thank / the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2006)
Toby Sinclair .... the BBC wishes to thank / the producers wish to thank (2 episodes, 2006)

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Also Known As:
"Planet Earth Extremes" - USA (recut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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For the air shots, a special airborne camera was used with a 400mm lens that was able to zoom into single animals from a kilometer away without disturbing them.See more »
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101 out of 123 people found the following review useful.
A visually impressive and memorable look at the world that we live in, 1 May 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

As the influence of man expands across the globe, fewer and fewer truly untouched wilderness exists. This series aims to use technology never used for nature programmes before to take us into these wildernesses and see the environment within them and the creatures that live there. Starting with a journey from one pole to the other, this series explores the extreme conditions of mountains (from the birth of one to the coldest of those existing), deserts, caves, oceans, fresh waters and others to present some of the most impressive footage ever seen in a nature documentary.

With a budget of about £40 million, the BBC were going to have to deliver something pretty special to avoid the usual accusations of waste tax payer's money, catering to a small audience etc etc. However with Planet Earth they have easily silenced the critics to present a nature programme that is interesting and education. The biggest selling point is the footage which, at its worst is impressive but at its best is simply breath-taking and actually had me saying "wow" at some points. I am not naturally a nature programme viewer but this show had me hooked from episode 1 where a quick glance at the opening minutes had me staying with it for the following eleven weeks. The footage is impressive and, although it is the weakest part of each hour, I did enjoy some of the "Planet Earth Diary" sections where we actually saw the technology, techniques and sheer trial of getting the views that we get. My words can't really do it justice but the series gives footage that you won't have seen anywhere else before – with episode 1 claiming that the footage of a pack of dogs hunting told experts things they hadn't previously known.

However I have seen some a couple of nature documentary feature films recently that have also had impressive footage but Planet Earth backs it up with a typically informative and engaging narration from David Attenborough. For me he added enough educational value to prevent the series just being televisual wallpaper – which of course is what it also does in terms of providing some beautiful material that would work even if the sound broke on your television. Like many others though, I would have liked there to be more connection made to the impact that man's actions are having on the ecosystems and animals that we are shown – for example are they getting rarer or having their habitats shrinking? Occasionally it does this but nowhere near enough – which is partly why some critics have labelled it "environmental porn", which I can understand but do not totally agree with.

Overall this is a great series that does a great job of presenting the beauty of the natural world but just about having enough educational value to it to avoid it just being the television equivalent of wallpaper for your computer. The shots are impressive and the range of creatures and habitats that are presented makes this well worth seeing. I'm sure that wildlife fans will long for more detail but as a casual viewer this was just what I was looking for. An impressive and memorable look at the world that we live in.

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