"This set the standard for future documentaries"
"Essential viewing - you creationists should give it a
"A must for all natural history enthusiasts"
"Buy this, watch it, show it your children"
Life on Earth by David Attenborough
had been a celebrated natural-history presenter ever since
Zoo Quest in the 1950s, yet Life on Earth (1979) was
something on an entirely different scale. Thirteen 50-minute
programmes, offering nothing less than a chronological
account of the flora and fauna of planet earth. A vivid, concise survey of the principal forms of
the planet's wildlife and their ancestry. Narrated by David Attenborough.
Also contains an 'evolutionary' calendar', not seen on the TV version.
David Attenborough had been a celebrated natural-history
presenter ever since Zoo Quest in the 1950s, yet Life on
Earth (1979) was something on an entirely different scale. With 150
minutes of the best selected clips from the 13-programme series, this
offers 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 one-and-a-half 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 popular success. As
such it remains a true television landmark, and paved the way for
Attenborough's The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The
Private Life of Plants (1994), as well as The Planets (1999) and Walking
With Dinosaurs (1999).
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