Series 1

1 :01x01 - From Pole to Pole

A mother polar bear prepares her cubs for a long journey, to avoid becoming stranded on floating glaciers. Including a behind-the-scenes insight into the filming of the documentary.

2 :01x02 - Mountains

The nature series looks at the animals that live on some of the biggest mountains on the planet. Cameras show gelada baboons screaming to frighten off predators in China, demoiselle cranes struggling to fly over the Himalayas, rare footage of snow leopards hunting on the Pakistan peaks and a wild giant panda nursing a baby in a hillside cave.

3 :01x03 - Fresh Water

David presents a tour of the mightiest rivers in the world, from the freshwater seals of Siberia to the piranhas that patrol the wetland downstream of Earth's tallest waterfall. There's also unique footage of the lightning-quick ambush of wildebeest by crocodiles in Africa, and macaque monkeys swimming underwater to catch crabs in Indonesia.

4 :01x04 - Caves

David Attenborough looks at the world's caves, including the Lechuguilla Cave in the USA which contains chambers filled with six-metre-long crystals. Inside Deer Cave in Borneo he finds five million bats, whose droppings support an entire ecosystem, and observes creatures in Texas and Thailand who never see daylight, leaving them with neither eyes nor colour.

5 :01x05 - Deserts

David Attenborough concludes the documentary series by focusing on the world's deserts. Cameras explore the dry Atacama in Chile, where guanacos survive by licking dew off cacti, and capture rare wild camels eating snow to stay hydrated on Mongolia's Gobi plains. In the rocky Namibian desert, elephants desperately search for food and lions wander the wilderness hunting oryx.

6 :01x06 - Ice Worlds

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7 :01x07 - Great Plains

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8 :01x08 - Jungles

The team travel to the Ngogo Forest in Uganda, where they study the largest chimpanzee group in the world defending their territory against neighbours. Life-forms such as the flying colugo, red crab spiders, blue birds of paradise and the parasitic fungi cordyceps, which have developed unique survival abilities, are also observed

9 :01x09 - Shallow Seas

Following the epic journey of a humpback whale and calf as they travel from a tropical paradise to the species' great feeding ground in the icy polar seas. David Attenborough also narrates footage of colonies of seabirds in the Arabian desert and surfing dolphins in Australia that swim onto the beach to catch their fish.

10 :01x10 - Seasonal Forests

The Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic, is a silent world of stunted conifers. The trees may be small but filming from the air reveals its true scale. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere.

In California General Sherman, a giant sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines. At more than 4,000 years old they pre-date the pyramids. But the baobab forests of Madagascar are perhaps the strangest of all.


11 :01x11 - Ocean Deep

Life goes to extraordinary lengths to survive this immense realm. A 30 tonne whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour.

Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.


The Making Of The Series

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Classification: Documentary
Genre: Family
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 05, 2006
Ended: December 10, 2006
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