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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

Creatures of the Deep

Marine invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, and thrive in the toughest parts of the oceans.

Divers swim into a shoal of predatory Humboldt squid as they emerge from the ocean depths to hunt in packs. When cuttlefish gather to mate, their bodies flash in stroboscopic colours. Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass.

A giant octopus commits suicide for her young. A camera follows her into a cave which she walls up, then she protects her eggs until she starves.

The greatest living structures on earth, coral reefs, are created by tiny animals in some of the world's most inhospitable waters.

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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