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"Life" Hunters and Hunted (2009)

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Life: Season 1: Episode 7 -- Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted. In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea. Young ibex soon learn the only way to escape a fox is to run up an almost vertical cliff face.


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Original Air Date:
23 November 2009 (Season 1, Episode 7)
The struggle of life is often based on 'eat (and/)or be eaten'. Therefore evolutionary success is largely... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam Chapman ... Himself
Michael Pitts ... Himself

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself - Narrator (U.S. Broadcast)

Episode Crew
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Spillenger 

Produced by
Adam Chapman .... producer
Tom Clarke .... assistant producer
Tom Clarke .... producer: Life on Location
Michael Gunton .... executive producer
Martha Holmes .... series producer
Catherine McCarthy .... executive producer: The Open University
Paul Spillenger .... producer
Kera Rennert .... producer: promo (uncredited)
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Richard Fiocca (U.S. version)
Cinematography by
John Aitchison (photography)
Stephen de Vere (photography)
Tom Fitz (photography)
Kevin Flay (photography)
Simon King (photography)
David Manton (photography) (as Dave Manton)
Hugh Maynard (photography)
Jamie McPherson (photography)
Steve Phillipps (photography)
Michael Pitts (photography)
Warwick Sloss (photography)
Elissa Sursara 
Gavin Thurston (photography)
Simon Werry (photography)
Mark Yates (photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Chastney (editor: Life on Location)
David Pearce  (as Dave Pearce)
Production Management
Lisanne O'Keefe .... production manager
Sound Department
Ben Jones .... foley artist
Tim Owens .... sound editor
Graham Wild .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Wayman .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Tim Bolt .... on-line editor
Luke Rainey .... colorist
Robert Wilcox .... edit assistant
Music Department
Stefan Behrisch .... orchestrator
John Jennings Boyd .... composer: additional music
Richard Fiocca .... conductor
Richard Fiocca .... orchestrator
Scott Freiman .... music mixing engineer
Eric V. Hachikian .... composer: additional music
Eric V. Hachikian .... music supervisor
Eric V. Hachikian .... orchestrator
Tom Howe .... composer: additional music
Tom Howe .... musician
Ronen Landa .... orchestrator
Greg Pliska .... orchestrator
Steve Price .... music engineer/mixer
Petr Pycha .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Waller-Bridge .... orchestrator
Gary Chester .... score mixer (uncredited)
Gary Chester .... scoring engineer (uncredited)
Ronen Landa .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Greg Pliska .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mike Raznick .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Max Surla .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Golding .... production executive
Emma Napper .... researcher
David Robinson .... academic consultant: The Open University
Janet Sumner .... academic consultant: The Open University
Jeff Thomas .... academic consultant: The Open University
Barbara Wetheridge .... production management assistant
Emily Winks .... production coordinator
Bridget Appleby .... thanks
Kevin Campbell .... thanks
Kenneth Catania .... thanks
Barbara Clucas .... thanks
Stephen Dunleavy .... thanks
Laura Engleby .... thanks
Carol Foster .... thanks
Richard Foster .... thanks
Clint Hlebechuk .... thanks
Simyra Hlebechuk .... thanks
Jonathan Keeling .... thanks (as John Keeling)
Gil Malamud .... thanks
Sammy Munene .... thanks
Don Owings .... thanks
Digpal Singh .... thanks

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Tastefully Done (No Pun Intended), 28 June 2010
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Frankly, I was expecting a gruesome episode with lions and tigers and such chasing down animals and eating them, but there was very little of that. Mostly we, the viewers, were spared the horrible part of the animal existence of predator and prey.

What seemed a little odd was that a good chunk of the footage shown here, I believe, was shown elsewhere (as in other episodes). In other words, I've seen three cheetahs going after an ostrich, the Brown Bears catching salmon, the baby Ibex eluding a wolf, and another segment or two. Whatever, there was still enough new and fascinating material here to make this another very interesting episode. In fact, the closeup and slow-motion photography in here is about as good as it gets in any of the episodes, particularly the closeups.

You see some incredible sights in this edition of "Life," such as a bulldog bat, cute little stoats, Bottlenose dolphins and the oddest of all: a star-nose mole, who hunts for food both on land and underwater. For sheer drama, the story of one particular Orca whale is amazing and one you won't forget.

This episodes keeps things moving a very brisk pace.

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