Planet Earth (2006)
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A large and growing part of earth's land mass is covered in desert - each one widely varied in composition and dryness. Wildlife species have adapted in different ways to these different ... See full summary »


David Attenborough, Gary Parker (additional writer)


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Episode credited cast:
David Attenborough ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Sigourney Weaver ... Narrator - US Version (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Clarke Tom Clarke ... Himself - Camerman
Huw Cordey Huw Cordey ... Himself - Producer
Choi Jen Choi Jen ... Himself - Tracker


A large and growing part of earth's land mass is covered in desert - each one widely varied in composition and dryness. Wildlife species have adapted in different ways to these different arid lands especially to get and conserve water. Some are physically desert-models, like camels, others just changed their diet and behavior. Most live mainly at night, when it's cooler. The largest desert is northern Africa's Sahara, US size and extremely sandy, the result of grinding erosion of mountains. Short moist moments or periods are taken intense advantage off, leading to such extravaganzas as the locust swarm. Written by KGF Vissers

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1 April 2007 (USA) See more »


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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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In the diaries portion, a crew member is talking about which would warm up first, his hands or the can of food. In the back ground over his right shoulder you can see another crew member having a pee, including him zipping up his pants. See more »


[first lines]
David Attenborough - Narrator: A third of the land on our planet is desert. These great scars on the face of the Earth
[rolling sand dunes]
David Attenborough - Narrator: appear to be lifeless. But, surprisingly, none are. In all, life manages somehow to keep a precarious hold.
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Planet Earth Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra
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Proof that deserts are not exactly like they seem
27 September 2019 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

In this PLANET EARTH episode we'll travel across the deserts of all over the world and we'll see how many animals and plants adapt to this arsh lifestyle. But we'll also see a brighter side of deserts that the average person will never imagine of it.

Our journey begins in the Mongolian desert where, after a snow fall, we follow a group of Bactrian camels (also the subject of the behind-the scenes featurette) that eat the remaining snow and use their calls for attracting females. After some footage of a desert storm in the Sahara desert, dunes and rocky outcrops in Egypt we go to Australia following kangaroos' survival techniques under the scorching desert heat. Then again in the Sahara following a fennec fox and her cubs that at night chase other animals (toads, monitor lizards, scorpions). And as narrator David Attenborough says these foxes are forced to stay under ground all day because of the hear.

And if those two deserts were not hot enough, then get ready for the Atacama desert, the south American equivalent of the Death Valley! But we find out that even large animals like guanacos (relatives of the camel) can thrive here. How? Thanks to the moisture that at times creates a fog in the desert and thanks to this the plants are almost always covered in dew. In the Sonora desert we witness a huge rainfall, cactus flowers that bloom and bats that eat their nectar. After a brief stop in the Utah desert we'll go for the third and last time in North Africa.

Here we'll see desert elephants that travel for miles in search of places where they can dig with their feet for water. They might seem out of place in such a barren place, but they are NOT the only one. Also lions and oryx have to travel for their respective food sources. We also see that elephants prefer eat the roots of the desert grass. After a brief flood that helps the animals just mentioned, we focus on the desert locust, an insect that lives in huge schools and when they scent of a florid place (with fresh grass and vegetation alike) they form huge swarms and eat everything that crosses their path!!

This is another great episode of the show thanks to stunning cinematography, endearing narration by Sir David Attenborough, and the always unforgettable theme music. This episode is particular because for most of the time the viewer will root for the creatures that have to live in such scorching conditions, and, despite this, this episode shows also that deserts can be full of life. Just as good as the other episodes.

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