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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

Plants

Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's.

Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects. Vines develop suckers and claws to haul themselves into the rainforest canopy. Every peculiar shape proves to have a clever purpose. The dragon's blood tree is like an upturned umbrella to capture mist and shade its roots. The seed of a Bornean tree has wings so aerodynamic they inspired the design of early gliders. The barrel-shaped desert rose is full of water. The heliconia plant even enslaves a humming bird and turns it into an addict for its nectar.

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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