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Life - with David Attenborough

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

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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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

Birds

Birds owe their global success to feathers - something no other animal has. They allow birds to do extraordinary things.

For the first time, a slow-motion camera captures the unique flight of the Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird as he flashes long, iridescent tail feathers in the gloomy undergrowth. Aerial photography takes us into the sky with an Ethiopian Lammergeier dropping bones to smash them into edible-sized bits. Thousands of pink flamingoes promenade in one of nature's greatest spectacles. The Sage Grouse rubs his feathers against his chest in a comic display to make popping noises that attract females. The Vogelkop Bowerbird makes up for his dull colour by building an intricate structure and decorating it with colourful beetles and snails.

 

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

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