David Attenborough Narrates Nature

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Natural History documentaries narrated by the great one.

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1. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Infinite Variety (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Background to the origins of life on Earth and with the evidence of fossils, how some of today's living creatures can trace their ancestry back through the eons to those earliest of times.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 65

2. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Building Bodies (1979)

55 min | Documentary

The continuing story of the evolution of life on earth explores the earliest sea living invertebrates.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 50

3. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The First Forests (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Explores the first land living plants and insects, the problems they faced and how they overcame them.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 45

4. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Swarming Hordes (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Examines the symbiosis between plants and insects together with how some insects have become super-organisms.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 47

5. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Conquest of the Waters (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Tracing the evolution of fish leading to today's immense variety and ability to occupy remarkable environments.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 44

6. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Invasion of the Land (1979)

55 min | Documentary

The evolution of life continues with some fish moving on to the land and becoming amphibians.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 43

7. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Victors of the Dry Land (1979)

55 min | Documentary

The rise and evolution of reptiles including the history of dinosaurs.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 44

8. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Lords of the Air (1979)

55 min | Documentary

The evolution of birds from their first reptilian ancestors to the immense variety of species we know today.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 45

9. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Rise of the Mammals (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Tracing the early evolution of mammals that rose to prominence following the extinction of the dinosaurs and concentrating on today's egg laying mammals (monotremes) and marsupials.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 48

10. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Theme and Variations (1979)

55 min | Documentary

The evolution of mammals continues with the focus on some placental species including emphasis on bats, whales and dolphins.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 41

11. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Hunters and Hunted (1979)

55 min | Documentary

A study into those mammals that became herbivores and their colonisation over many parts of the world. Also examines their main predators and defense strategies.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 47

12. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: Life in the Trees (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Continues the mammal theme, by focusing on primates. Beginning with the lemurs of Madagascar, then describing the differences between old world and new world monkeys and concluding with a study of gorillas and chimpanzees.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 49

13. Life on Earth (1979– )
Episode: The Compulsive Communicators (1979)

55 min | Documentary

Tracing the evolution of the human species from African ape to the prodigious colonization of the entire earth and the impact upon the planet both now and in the future.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 42

14. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Building of the Earth (1984)

55 min | Documentary

Explores how the surface of the Earth continually moves and transforms due to volcanic activity both above and below sea level and how animals and plants have adapted to cope with the varied resulting environments.

Director: Richard Brock | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 126

15. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Frozen World (1984)

55 min | Documentary

How some creatures and plants manage to overcome the harsh environments found at high altitude together with those prevailing in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

16. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Northern Forests (1984)

55 min | Documentary

An exploration of the various global forests in the northern hemisphere and how animal and plant life, both permanent and migratory, have to cope with changing seasons and climates.

Director: Ian Calvert | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 126

17. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: Jungle (1984)

55 min | Documentary

A study of tropical rain forests and how it's universal climate provides the habitats for the immense variety of flora and fauna that proliferate there.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 128

18. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: Seas of Grass (1984)

55 min | Documentary

A study of the vast grasslands of the Earth and how they support a great variety of animal life from insects to large herbivores including their predators.

Director: Richard Matthews | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 127

19. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Baking Deserts (1984)

55 min | Documentary

Roasting temperatures during the day and equally cold temperatures at night, require both animals (incl. humans) and plants to adapt to extreme habitats including minimal availability of water.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

20. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Sky Above (1984)

55 min | Documentary

Describes the ability of birds, insects and bats to fly including migration often over great distances; and how plant seeds defy gravity in order to disperse over a wide area.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

21. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: Sweet Fresh Water (1984)

55 min | Documentary

David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary variety of animal life that live both in or close to or otherwise depend on freshwater focusing principally on the Amazon river and other global freshwater expanses.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 127

22. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Margins of the Land (1984)

55 min | Documentary

From worms to crocodiles, all manner of creatures and plant life have to adapt to the unique habitat that exists where the land meets the sea and cope with the rise and fall of daily tides.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

23. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: Worlds Apart (1984)

55 min | Documentary

How isolation on islands and atolls has lead to unique diversity and specialization amongst animal and plant life together with the devastating results of human intervention.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

24. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: The Open Ocean (1984)

55 min | Documentary

From plankton to whales, there is as much amazing diversity of life and habitats in the world's oceans as there is on land. A marine lifestyle presents unique problems for its inhabitants.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

25. The Living Planet (1984– )
Episode: New Worlds (1984)

55 min | Documentary

Over the last 10,000 years, modern man has utilized his superior intellect to colonize most of the Earth in order to further his species; sometimes to the detriment of other creatures and damaging natural habitats and environments.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 125

26. The First Eden (1987– )
Episode: The Making of the Garden (1987)

Documentary

How the Mediterranean Sea was formed, separating Southern Europe from Northern Africa, what unique animals evolved there, and how migrating birds and other land and sea creatures became dependent on it for food, breeding and habitat.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 15

27. The First Eden (1987– )
Episode: The Gods Enslaved (1987)

Documentary

How the early Man hunted, worshiped and eventually domesticated wild animals and plants of the Mediterranean region, only to, by the time of Ancient Rome, overexploit its rich natural resources through methods used even today.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 14

28. The First Eden (1987– )
Episode: The Wastes of War (1987)

Documentary

How life in medieval times in the Mediterranean region was shaped by new trends like horse breeding and falconry, dark age superstitions, the plague and endless costly devastating wars like the Muslim invasion of Spain or the Crusades.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 12

29. The First Eden (1987– )
Episode: Strangers in the Garden (1987)

Documentary

How the Suez Canal and the Nile dams changed the Mediterranean for the worse, and how modern-day issues like mass tourism, land development, oil spills, pollution and overexploitation threaten the future of all life in the region.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 10

30. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989– )
Episode: Magic in the Rocks (1989)

Documentary

In the first of this four-part BBC series, David Attenborough shows us how ancient creatures have come to be preserved as fossils and how those fossils can shed light on characteristics of ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 23

31. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989– )
Episode: Putting Flesh on Bone (1989)

Documentary

Using modern day creatures for comparison, scientists theorize what prehistoric animal traits seen within fossilized remains might have been used for during their period. Teaming together ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 23

32. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989– )
Episode: Dinosaur (1989)

Documentary

Attenborough visits several museums of natural history. With the aid of dinosaur skeletons, he demonstrates how they existed in real life, and speculates about the reasons for their sudden demise.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 23

33. Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989– )
Episode: The Rare Glimpses (1989)

Documentary

In this final installment to the series, David Attenborough travels to four unique locations about the globe where an abundance of fossilized plant and animal remains have given us a ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 19

34. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Arriving (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 37

35. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Growing Up (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 36

36. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Finding Food (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 32

37. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Hunting and Escaping (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 39

38. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Finding the Way (1990)

48 min | Documentary

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.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 33

39. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Homemaking (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 33

40. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Living Together (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 33

41. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Fighting (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 30

42. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Friends and Rivals (1990)

47 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 32

43. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Talking to Strangers (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 32

44. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Courting (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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 ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 37

45. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Continuing the Line (1990)

49 min | Documentary

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

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 32

46. Life in the Freezer (1993– )
Episode: The Bountiful Sea (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

This initial foray into Antarctica introduces viewers to the area and how ice governs all forms of life there.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 42

47. Life in the Freezer (1993– )
Episode: The Ice Retreats (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

Spring begins in the sub-Antarctic islands.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 44

48. Life in the Freezer (1993– )
Episode: The Race to Breed (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

Animals race to breed during the short Antarctic summer.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 39

49. Life in the Freezer (1993– )
Episode: The Door Closes (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

Species cope as autumn returns and the ice begins to refreeze.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 39

50. Life in the Freezer (1993– )
Episode: The Big Freeze (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary

8.5