Life

David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Friday 17th July 2015
  • Posted under Life, Species
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Life features extraordinary footage of some of the most unusual creatures, and behaviour, on the planet.

First broadcast: Monday 19 Oct 2009 on BBC ONE. Life has been repeated across the BBC, and can also be seen on the subscription channels Eden and Yesterday.

Episode Guide

Challenges Of Life

In nature, living long enough to breed is a monumental struggle. Many animals and plants go to extremes to give themselves a chance.

Uniquely, three brother cheetahs band together to bring down a huge ostrich. Aerial photography reveals how bottle-nosed dolphins trap fish in a ring of mud, and time-lapse cameras show how the Venus flytrap ensnares insect victims.

The strawberry frog carries a tadpole high into a tree and drops it in a water-filled bromeliad. The frog must climb back from the ground every day to feed it.

Fledgling chinstrap penguins undertake a heroic and tragic journey through the broken ice to get out to sea. Many can barely swim and the formidable leopard seal lies in wait.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Primates Primates are just like humans... Read more
Plants As ingenious as any animal... Read more
Creatures of the Deep Life under the waves. Read more
Hunters and Hunted Everyone's hungry. Everyone's lunch. Read more
Insects You think there's a lot of people? There's a lot more insects. Read more
Birds On the wing. Read more
Fish Back under the water for a meeting with fish. Read more
Mammals The mammals rule the surface of the planet Read more
Reptiles & Amphibians A toad that rolls into a ball. A lizard that walks on water. Dragons which strip a carcass. Read more
Challenges Of Life Starting the series, David Attenborough introduces creatures for whom survival is a dailt struggle. Read more