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Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction 

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The art of birds
9 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

As said many times, David Attenborough is a national treasure. He may apparently dislike the term, but it is hard to not say that about such a great presenter who has contributed significantly to some of the best programmes (of the documentary genre and overall) the BBC has ever aired/produced.

It is really hard picking favourites, let alone a definite favourite, among what Attenborough has done because he has done so many gems, it is the equivalent of trying to choose your favourite ice cream flavour or your favourite operatic role (for examples) and finding you can't pick. 'Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction' is one of the one-off specials featured on the "Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages" DVD and, while not one of the best on the DVD or one of Attenborough's very finest or ground-breaking, it's very, very good.

Visually, 'Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction' as always with Attenborough's work looks great. It is beautifully filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate, way and never looking static. The editing is always succinct and smooth and the scenery is spectacular.

Regarding the content, 'Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction' does a great job entertaining and educating, it provokes a lot of thought and fascinates even it's familiar information in some cases. The birds look incredible and have colourful personalities, love Attenborough's interaction with them too.

The presenting by Attenborough helps significantly. He clearly knows his stuff and knows what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more. Nothing is episodic, and if there is an ever so minor complaint it is that it did feel to me a little too short.

Overall, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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