Cyclone Ita and its impact on the reef.Cyclones have always been part of life here. But with the frequency of destructive storms
The difficult balance of commerce and conservation plays out. Increased development and traffic puts the reef at risk.
It's summer in North Queensland - the time when the tropics heave with energy and runoff from rainforests pumps nutrients into this supercharged marine ecosystem. Large predators such as sailfish come in from all over the Pacific to feed in the waters. The attack then comes from the sky, where a flock of hungry seabirds wait for their opportunity to strike.
Spring is in the air and it's the season for sex. In the coastal rainforests, rising humidity kick-starts life in the undergrowth, while out on the water, the rising water temperature is priming the reef for reproduction.
From the award-winning team behind Kakadu, comes this observational documentary series, Life On The Reef. Filmed over the course of a year, Life On The Reef follows those who live in one of the most extraordinary places on the planet, Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Set against a backdrop of extraordinary marine habitats, ranging from coral reefs to tropical islands, shallow estuaries to deep oceanic waters - Life On The Reef takes the audience above and beneath the waters as nature adapts to the changing seasons throughout the year.
From escaped cannibal convicts and bushrangers of early settlement through to modern day tuna cowboys, Australians have long chosen to venture out and take the road less travelled.
Albert Lin travels to Micronesia, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, to explore the tombs and ritual sites of the ancient island city Nan Madol.
David Attenborough looks at the unique and constantly changing landscape of East Africa. To survive here, creatures must be able to deal with unpredictable twists and turns wet turning to dry, famine to feast, cold to hot no matter how hostile and unpredictable it becomes. From dense forests, to snow capped peaks, steamy swamps to endless savannah, this unique and varied land is also a haven for life it supports a higher density of large mammals than anywhere else on Earth. But away from the forever-travelling herds, there are a huge cast of other characters lizards that steal flies from the faces of lions, vast dinosaur-like birds who stalk catfish through huge wetlands, and elephants who battle for three days for the right to father the next generation. East Africa can be a cruel and unforgiving place, when the stakes are high you must be prepared to take risks and if necessary to gamble with your life.