The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. The Hardest Challenge reveals the range of techniques predators use to catch their prey - from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, who wear down their prey over long distances. But even with these finely tuned strategies, the outcome is far from certain.
In the Grip of the Seasons looks at the challenges of hunting in the Arctic, the most seasonal place on Earth. To a predator, seasonal change is a problem. It means that all the parameters of the hunt - the conditions, the strategies, and the prey - change too. The only option for the Arctic's top predators, the wolf, the Arctic fox and the polar bear, is to continually adapt to their changing world.
Forests cover one third of the land surface, and concealed within are over half of the species on Earth. Hide and Seek follows tigers, harpy eagles, chimpanzees, army ants and other predators as they rise to the challenge of hunting within the forest - a dense and confusing world, one in which even finding prey is a maddening task.
Hunger at Sea follows blue whales, sharks, sea lions, frigate birds, dolphins and albatrosses to reveal the strategies they use to hunt for prey in the big blue. The open ocean is an immense wilderness that covers more than half the surface of our planet, yet for the most part it's a watery desert, largely devoid of life. Predators face an endless search to find and catch food, yet these great tracts of ocean are home to some of the most remarkable hunters on the planet.
The open arenas of grassland and desert make up half of all land on our planet. In these exposed habitats, predators like cheetahs, bald eagles and lions can usually see their prey. But it works both ways: their prey can see them too. With nothing but open vistas, the element of surprise is hard-won, and predators must make their own opportunities.
The coast is the dynamic border between land and sea. It is the only place on the planet where predators from air, land and sea come together. Dolphins that leave the safety of the sea to fish, walking octopuses, ingenious monkeys, fishing wolves and the greatest gathering of feeding humpback whales come to the coast to hunt. For all, timing is everything.
Living with Predators visits the frontline of the conflict with the world's top predators, meeting the scientists fighting to save them. With three-quarters of the planet's carnivores now in decline, can people find ways to live with predators before they disappear forever?
The Hunt illustrates the strategies used by both predators and prey – with each episode based on one of our planet’s key habitats. Producers Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey explain how habitats shape the way that predators and prey hunt.
The Hunt is a celebration of nature’s most determined and cunning predators and their equally cunning and elusive prey. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series takes an intimate look at the remarkable strategies of hunters and, in some cases, the hunted, exploring the challenges animals face and the tactics they employ. The strategies of both predators and prey are shaped by where they live, so each episode focuses on one principal habitat, whether savannah, jungle or ocean.
Traveling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, Planet Earth II explores the unique characteristics of Earth's most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail and for the first time viewers will be immersed in incredible landscapes and share the most dramatic moments in the lives of animals. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II will take you closer than ever before.
Narrated by David Attenborough and from the award-winning team behind Planet Earth comes the ultimate portrait of the earth's Polar Regions. The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements - the weather, the ocean and the ice - is unmatched anywhere else on our planet. Yet these harsh environments are teeming with life: home to iconic animals from polar bears to emperor penguins and from killer whales to wandering albatrosses. Using the latest camera technology to film on land, from the air, underwater and below the ice caps, Frozen Planet follows their fascinating lives throughout the seasons as they struggle to survive. With spectacular polar landscapes and amazing animal behavior, often filmed for the first time, it captures the drama of an extreme natural world. With both Poles under grave threat from climate change, this extraordinary series may be the last chance to witness these great wildernesses before they change forever.
For the first time we will follow a cast of star animal characters from episode to episode as they struggle to overcome the fundamental challenges of life. The result: the most complete picture ever of the epic fight to survive - from birth to death.
This definitive natural history of the world's oceans covers everything from popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious open depths. Two-thirds of the planet is covered by the oceans and yet they remain largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series changes all that and subsequently changes our views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography have opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored.
David Attenborough has spent a lifetime documenting the natural world. He's met a great number of nature's most extraordinary creatures yet there are certain stories of bewildering animals that continue to intrigue him - from the peculiar patterns of a zebra's stripes to the evolutionary quirk of the egglaying platypus. Each episode explores the stories behind two natural curiosities, linked together by a common theme. Filmed on location in the UK, David's gift for storytelling combined with wonderful images of the animal subjects creates a television series unlike any other he has made before.
This jaw-dropping, award-winning, landmark series from the BBC's Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth. Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions, HD photography and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth shows you our world in a way you've never quite seen it before. Once purchased please find your episodes under My Movies & TV.
Planet Earth Diaries goes behind the scenes of the highly acclaimed natural history series to tell some of the amazing stories from the production team. Four years in the making, it involved over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries. From diving with piranhas in Brazil to flying a hot air balloon over the trees of Madagascar, every filming assignment provided its own unique challenges.
In this blockbuster, the BBC's Natural History Unit reveals Africa as you've never seen it before. This is a journey through five diverse regions of an amazing continent, taking you seamlessly from the wild terrain of extraordinary landscapes to intimate encounters with its mesmerizing creatures. From the beauty and serenity of the soaring Atlas Mountains to the Cape of Good Hope, from the brooding jungles of the Congo to the raging Atlantic Ocean: experience unexplored rainforests, never-before-filmed mountain ranges and even snow-covered desert. Each episode promises intimate, eye-to-eye encounters with extraordinary wildlife, and ventures into genuinely unexplored places, capturing never-seen-before behavior, even of the most familiar wildlife.
Jane Lynch, Phil Keoghan and wildlife expert Chris Packham host Earth Live and take viewers on a live journey around the world, focusing on some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. In the darkness, state-of-the-art cameras capture wildlife live and in full color, offering us never-before-seen images usually hidden by the night.
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. Humans are the ultimate animals - the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive in the harshest environments imaginable. We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilize the other creatures that share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before on television, set to a globally influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity.
Japan - we think of it as a crowded, manicured, highly industrialised archipelago. But Japan has a surprisingly vast range of landscapes, from the far north, where sea eagles walk on the frozen waters, to subtropical southern islands, with coral reefs and mangroves, and the central islands, with forested mountains, home to bears and monkeys. Each episode explores how life survives across a land dominated from north to south by volcanoes and earthquakes, savage winters and sultry, typhoon summers. What ways have humans and wildlife fournd to live alongside the forces of nature? From the drama of the streaming volcanic mountains, tropical seas and icy, ghostly forests to the detail of humans interacting with nature, this series evokes the true spirit of Japan.
Full of great spectacle and 'wow' moments, this is the definitive series on shark natural history. It shows the enormous diversity of sharks around the world, with over 30 species; from the previously un-filmed Wobbegong sharks to classic species such as great whites. There is even a shark that walks on the land! The series highlights the adaptations that make them such successful predators and also looks at all the other aspects of shark behaviour, including how they hunt, their intricate social lives and spectacular courtship displays.
This series uncovers just how similar we really are to our animal cousins using a new generation of spy cameras. Also included in this collection are Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, which explores never-seen-before aspects of dolphin behavior, and Snow Chick, a film that follows the trials and tribulations of one adorable fluffy emperor penguin chick.
Unedited UK Edition - originally released as Wild Brazil. Brazil is the wild heart of South America, home to more species than any other country on the planet. But it is also a land of extremes, where animals must learn to adapt to survive. This series follows the intimate lives of an exceptional set of beautiful, plucky and mischievous animals and the constantly changing landscapes they inhabit.