Jungles cover roughly three percent of our planet, yet contain a staggering 50 per cent of the world's species. Located around the warm, sunny equatorial zone, complete with constant daylight, they are the most productive habitats on earth. Beautiful floating aerial shots introduce the world's most spectacular forest vistas and high-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of the species that live on the dark jungle floor. Narrated by David Attenborough.
For the first time ever, Earth's incredible story is told in a single, seamless journey from its violent birth 4.5 billion years ago, through ice-ages and the dinosaurs' reign to the first humans.
As Australia and New Zealand have recently witnessed, the Earth has immense power. Yet that influence is rarely mentioned in history books. Scottish Professor, Iain Stewart, is dead keen to change that in this enthralling series. Tonight it's Fire - deadly, yet a driving force behind human progress.
Life on the plains and grasslands of the world is about movement, freedom and livestock. The Nyangatom of southern Ethiopia have fought and won a rangeland for themselves, but they and their herds of cattle and goats are totally reliant on gigantic wells. At the height of the dry season a huge collective well is dug down on the dry bed of the Kibish River. These hand dug wells can be 30m wide and 30m deep and are designed as pits as the sand walls are prone to collapse. Dozens of people are killed by collapsing wells each year.
The vast open wildernesses of African savannah, Asian steppe, Arctic tundra and North American prairie are the great plains of the planet. Together they cover more than a quarter of the land on Earth and one living thing is at their heart - grass. This humble plant feeds the greatest gatherings of wildlife found anywhere on Earth. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Tonight, Professor Stewart sets sail on one of the fastest racing boats ever built as he explores the story of our turbulent relationship with the wind. Travelling to iconic locations including the Sahara desert, the coast of West Africa and the South Pacific, he details how people have exploited the power of the wind through the ages.
Narrated by John Hurt and following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Each week the series focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. In episode one, Arctic, the temperature is sixty degrees below zero. It is the harshest environment on Earth, yet four million people manage to survive in the Arctic. This film follows a year in the human freezer.
The engaging Scottish Professor, Iain Stewart, presents Part Two of his impressive series about how the natural forces of the planet have shaped human civilisation. Tonight, the good professor's focus is on the magic of water and mankind's struggle to control it.
When astronauts peer down on planet Earth, the one environment they all notice are the deserts, which make up a staggering 30 per cent of the land's surface. From space they look empty and lifeless. A closer look reveals a very different picture. Narrated by David Attenborough.
How Earth Made Us is an epic five part series about how the natural forces of the planet have shaped human civilisation.
Earth Science Why inhabit such areas of risk
An epic five part series about how the natural forces of the planet have shaped human civilisation. The traditional interpretation of history has focused largely on human factors, yet the natural environment has also shaped history since the dawn of time but how, and to what extent?
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This week, Planet Earth probes the mysterious, perpetual darkness to reveal the unknown, underground world of caves, caverns and tunnels. Narrated by David Attenborough.
With the appearance of mouths and mobility, evolution took off. Attenborough explores Canada's Rocky Mountains where 542 million years ago, animals increased in number, diversity and size as never before.
This week, Planet Earth follows the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea and showcases the unique and dramatic wildlife found within its unexplored waters. Narrated by David Attenborough.
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