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When David Attenborough first visited the Great Barrier Reef in 1957, he considered it the most spectacular place in the natural world and he assumed that it would last forever. Since then the coral has been dying at an unprecedented rate. In this episode he undertakes his most important mission to understand what the next few decades hold for this remarkable community of animals, as well as what is being done to save it. Written by Enzedder

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Saving the corals
23 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

David Attenborough is nothing short of 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. 'Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough' is not one of his best, but even when Attenborough was not at his best he still delivered. The "making of" footage scenes have been more interesting elsewhere in his other work, here they felt like padding and didn't illuminate as much this time. It also lacks the emotional punch and complex emotions of the animal/wildlife documentaries. Still, other than that 'Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough' is very good and almost lives up to its great name.

Something that is still apparent in 'Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough's' penultimate episode "Survival", where it is very easy to identify with its subject and what it's trying to say. Still hold my reservations for the "making of" footage though, which on top of not being too illuminating didn't seem necessary either. Just my thoughts.

Visually, "Survival" looks amazing first and foremost. The colours really pop out at you and one is totally immersed into this wondrous undersea world. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals), way and never looking static.

Much of it is remarkably cinematic with some of the shots being unique for a documentary series, making one forget that it is a series. The editing is always succinct and smooth and the scenery is pure magic. The music score fits very well, never overly grandiose while never being inappropriate.

Again, like so many Attenborough nature/wildlife documentaries and their individual episodes, "Survival" fascinates, teaches, moves, entertains and transfixes. In terms of the facts there was a very good mix of the known ones and the unknown, some facts being familiar to us while going into detail about the Great Barrier Reef.

Narration/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.

Overall, very good but not among the best Attenborough has done. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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