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Planet Earth brought you the world like you've never seen it before. Now, get closer with Emmy® Award- winning Life. This breathtaking wildlife epic from the BBC and the Discovery Channel brings you 13 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 on film for the first time. More than four years in the making, filmed across every continent, in every habitat. "Making- of" extras. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
Packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment with stunning screen firsts this breathtaking ten-part blockbuster brings you 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world.
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action; individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behaviour. Cutting edge cinematic techniques capture unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences birds running and dancing on the waters surface in dazzlingly intricate displays of courtship and fidelity, fish outwitting predators by using their fins to take flight, flies competing in a mesmerising eyeball inflation contest.
Episode 1: Challenges of Life
Introducing the extraordinary things animals and plants must do in order to survive and reproduce. Witness amazing sights, captured at 1,000 frames per second: capuchin monkeys smashing open palm nuts with stone hammers; hippos launching from the water into the air and chameleons stealing prey from a spiders web. Sprint with cheetahs as they band together to tackle ostriches; watch dolphins form perfect rings of silt to trap fish, and swim with a seal as it struggles to escape attacking killer whales amongst the ice of Antarctica.
Episode 2: Reptiles and Amphibians
From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioural innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread. See Komodo dragons hunting buffalo, sea snakes with one of the most toxic venoms in the world that breed in caves, the seemingly suicidal leaps of a waterfall toad, the tender giant African bull frog that digs water channels to save not only its own young, but that of others too; and lizards that can walk on water.
Episode 3: Mammals
New filming techniques reveal behaviour that was previously impossible to capture in extreme locations. Fly amongst one of the largest migrations on Earth, as more than ten million fruit bats leave the Congo basin and converge in a few special trees in Zambia to feed; sprint with the tiny, extraordinary- looking sengis as it escapes a predatory lizard; see 30 polar bears gather to feed on a bowhead whale carcass; and witness the biggest fight on Earth male humpback whales battling for a female.
Episode 4: Fish
Fish can fly, sense electricity, swim at over 100mph and even walk on land. From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish. See sarcastic fringe-heads fighting for their homes; hunt with sailfish; glide with flying fish; enter the secret world of courting sea-dragons; and even join the epic journey of the tiny, cliffclimbing gobies.
Episode 5: Birds
Birds are supremely adaptable, capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature, running on water in pursuit of love and even of building intricate structures. Using aerial camera techniques, Life flies with the birds and explores their incredible diversity and behaviour: dodging the piratical frigate birds; soaring with the lammergeyers; dancing with a thousand flamingos in the lakes of Africa; and witnessing the extraordinary displays of spatule-tailed hummingbirds, western grebes and bowerbirds as they attempt to attract a mate.
Episode 6: Insects
Insects are the most diverse animal group on the planet. The key to their success is their unique ability to reshape themselves. They possess fearsome weapons, yet can display surprising tenderness and sophisticated behaviour. Take to the skies with millions of monarch butterflies in Mexico; see a beetle spray boiling chemicals at its enemies; witness giant bees fight to the death over females; join the marching columns of grass cutter ants; and spend a jeopardy- filled day with damselflies.
Episode 7: Hunters and Hunted
Every day, in the jungles, grasslands, deserts and frozen wastelands, battles are won, fought and lost between carnivores and their prey. See cheetahs join forces to bring down an ostrich; a tiny stoat take on a rabbit ten times its size; elephant seal pups snatched from their nursery pool by a killer whale; the antics of a squirrel as it outwits a rattlesnake; and at an amazing 2,000 frames per second, the strike of a bulldog bat flying at 100 kph.
Episode 8: Creatures of the Deep
Using specially developed underwater tracking time-lapse techniques, life takes a journey to the unchartered corners of the ocean. It is here that the newest discoveries are being made and the strangest creatures live, from huge spider crabs which gather in their thousands, seeking safety in numbers as they shed their protective shell to cross- dressing giant squid.Join a pack of Humboldt squid, 250 strong, hunting; see the ultimate self-sacrifice of a Pacific giant octopus mother who starves to death tending her young; and dive under the permanent ice of Antarctica to see a seething carpet of starfish as they devour a seal pup carcass.
Episode 9: Plants
The drama of the plant world is impossible to view with the naked eye. But using the latest time-lapse technology, all is revealed: how a Venus flytrap snaps shut and imprisons its prey; how the animal-like grasping hooks of the cats claw creeper and the sticky pads of the Boston ivy help in their fight for light. Fly with the seed that inspired the design of gliders and watch the fastest growing plant on Earth rocket up 2 feet a day. Discover the water-trapping abilities of the bizarre dragons blood tree, which oozes red sap from its branches.
Episode 10: Primates
Primates are uniquely intelligent, engaging in problem solving, communication, tool use and intimate social interplay. In the Congo, meet a tightly bound group of western lowland gorillas led by an ancient silverback, whose chest-beating sends shockwaves more than a mile through the undergrowth; see grey Phayres leaf-monkey mothers in Thailand battling for the privilege to babysit bright orange newborns; encounter the violent disputes of a thousand hamadryas baboons, and join chacma baboons shark egg hunting on the coast of South Africa.
Episode 11: The Making of Life
Life on Location A collection of ten production video diaries showing the exhaustive efforts by the filmmaking team to bring this remarkable series to the screen
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