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Life on Earth

1979-1979 Ended/Cancelled
 
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Life on Earth is an epic 13-programme series, presented by David Attenborough, offering a chronological account of the flora and fauna of planet Earth over a period of 3,500 million years. Whether recounting the first journey from the sea to the land, the development of insects and flowers, or "The First Forests" and "The Lords of the Air", Attenborough's enthusiasm is infectious. He guides us through "The Infinite Variety" of life from microbes to marsupials, via an unforgettable meeting with mountain gorillas, to conclude with "The Compulsive Communicators", mankind itself.

Three years in the making, involving 1.5 million miles of travel and featuring some of the most beautiful, breathtaking and ambitious photography then seen on television, Life on Earth was the first natural history blockbuster. It redefined TV by showing that an epic, serious wildlife documentary could be a massive success. As such, it remains a true television landmark and paved the way for Attenborough's The Living Planet and further entries in what became known as his "Life" series.
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N/ADavid Attenborough
as (presenter) [S 1]


Premiered on Network:
BBC-2 in UK

Genres: Documentary

Language: english  Runtime: 55 mins

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Guide available in: english
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Plot
1x01 - The Infinite Variety:
David Attenborough traces the stages of life on earth in a series of 13 progs abt the evolution of life from primitive cells to the plants and animals which exist now. The story of life from the first primitive cells to the plants & animals that now live around us.
1x02 - Building Bodies:
Bright blue starfish, crimson feather stars, shell-less snails in designs as extravagant as any Paris fashion show, shrimps of every colour, others that are transparent - just a sample of the animal wonders to be found in a small area of the Great Barrier Reef.
1x03 - The First Forests:
For most of Earth's history there was no life on land. But over 400 million years ago some tiny plants began an invasion from the water, closely followed by the first animals - the ancestors of millipedes and insects.
1x04 - The Swarming Hordes:
The number of insect species runs into millions; a single termite colony may consist of a million individuals; a locust swarm even a million million. David Attenborough explores the relationships between insects and plants which range from the destructiveness of locusts to the wholly reliant of the Yucca plant and a moth.
1x05 - The Conquest of the Waters:
Fish occur in populations of billions & there are over 30,000 species, more than in any other group of backbone animals. The development of the backbone was a crucial advance in evolution - & it probably came from a most unlikely source, a little jelly-like creature called a sea squirt.
1x06 - Invasion of the Land:
Evolution reached one of its most crucial stages, some 350 million years ago, when fishes crawled from water on to the land and became amphibians.
1x07 - Victors of the Dry Land:
In the 7th of his series on evolution David Attenborough looks at the development of the reptiles. Reptiles were the first back boned creatures to solve the problems of becoming land-lubbers.
1x08 - Lords of the Air:
Man has yet to invent anything that, weight for weight, is as strong as the feather. In the eighth of his series on evolution David Attenborough looks at the development of the birds.
1x09 - The Rise of the Mammals:
The mammals have proved to be one of the most adaptable products of evolution. Their ancestry can be traced back nearly 200 million years to the beginning of the dinosaur era. David Attenborough examines the evolution of mammals, from the half-reptilian duck-billed platypus to the live-bearing marsupials and placentalian mammals.
1x10 - Theme and Variations:
A little furry animal from the jungles of south-east Asia, called a tree shrew, has attracted great interest from scientists because it shows how a great group of animals may have originated - the mammals. David Attenborough tells the story of life from the first primitive cells to the plants and animals that now live around us.
1x11 - The Hunters and the Hunted:
Succulent leaves, shoots & roots are an abundant form of food & all over the world vegetarian mammals have adopted a life of browsing, grazing & gnawing. David Attenborough investigates the story of life from the first primitive cells to the plants and animals that live around us now.
1x12 - Life in the Trees:
Long ago a group of mammals sought their fortune in the tree-tops. There they developed binocular vision for accurately judging distances & grasping hands for taking a firm grip. In the twelfth of his series on evolution David Attenborough looks at the development of the primates.
1x13 - The Compulsive Communicators:
By any reckoning, we humans are the most adaptable and influential form of life that has evolved so far on this planet. DAVID Attenborough looks at development of man in evolutionary process as the most adaptable and influential form of life
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Guide available in: english