Planet Earth


Planet Earth
Planet Earth is an Emmy Award winning BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough. It was first broadcast in the UK from 5 March 2006. The American version is narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Visit some of the world's most breathtaking, faraway locales in this 11-part documentary. Shot in HD,You will see the world like it has never before seen, this show puts you in the place where it is shooting and it will take you on a journey that you will never forget. In this never before seen footage you will be amazed at the world in its beautiful natural state, the wonder will make you tremble and the beauty will make you fall in love with " Planet Earth ."

Genre: Documentary

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  • Watch Planet Earth Season 1

    • Episode 11

      Ocean Deep

      aired: Sun, Dec 10, 2006

      Life goes to extraordinary lengths to survive this immense realm. A 30 tonne whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour. Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.

    • Episode 10

      Seasonal Forests

      aired: Wed, Aug 20, 2008

      Discover the Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic - a silent world of stunted conifers. The trees may be small but filming from the air reveals its true scale. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere. In California General Sherman, a giant sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines. At more than 4,000 years old they pre-date the pyramids. But the baobab forests of Madagascar are perhaps the strangest of all.

    • Episode 9

      Shallow Seas

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      A humpback whale mother and calf embark on an epic journey from tropical coral paradises to storm ravaged polar seas. Newly discovered coral reefs in Indonesia reveal head-butting pygmy seahorses, flashing 'electric' clams and bands of sea kraits, 30-strong, which hunt in packs. Elsewhere plagues of sea urchins fell forests of giant kelp. Huge bull fur seals attack king penguins, who despite their weight disadvantage, put up a spirited defence.

    • Episode 8

      Jungles

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Jungles cover roughly three per cent of our planet yet contain 50 per cent of the world's species. High-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of animals living on the dark jungle floor. In the Ngogo forest the largest chimpanzee group in the world defends its territory from neighbouring groups. Other jungle specialists include parasitic fungi which infiltrate an insect host, feed on it, and then burst out of its body.

    • Episode 7

      Great Plains

      aired: Sat, May 16, 2009

      After filming for three years, Planet Earth finally captures the shy Mongolian gazelle. Only a handful of people have witnessed its annual migration. Don't miss the bizarre-looking Tibetan fox, captured on film for the first time. Over six weeks the team follow a pride of 30 lions as they attempt to hunt elephants. Using the latest night vision equipment, the crew film the chaotic battles that ensue at close quarters.

    • Episode 6

      Ice Worlds

      aired: Sat, May 9, 2009

      The Arctic and Antarctic experience the most extreme seasons on Earth. Time-lapse cameras watch a colony of emperor penguins, transforming them into a single organism. The film reveals new science about the dynamics of emperor penguin behaviour. In the north, unique aerial images show a polar bear swimming more than 100km. Diving for up to two minutes at a time. The exhausted polar bear later attacks a herd of walrus in a true clash of the Titans.

    • Episode 5

      Deserts

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Around 30% of the land's surface is desert, the most varied of our ecosystems despite the lack of rain. Saharan sandstorms reach nearly a mile high and desert rivers run for a single day. In the Gobi Desert, rare Bactrian camels get moisture from the snow. In the Atacama, guanacos survive by licking dew off cactus spines. The brief blooming of Death Valley triggers a plague of locusts 65km wide and 160km long. A unique aerial voyage over the Namibian desert reveals elephants on a long trek for food and desert lions searching for wandering oryx.

    • Episode 4

      Caves

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is a 400m vertical shaft, deep enough to engulf the Empire State Building. The Lechuguilla cave system in the USA is 193km long with astonishing crystal formations. Caves are remarkable habitats with equally bizarre wildlife. Cave angel fish cling to the walls behind waterfalls with microscopic hooks on their fins. Cave swiftlets navigate by echo-location and build nests out of saliva. The Texas cave salamander has neither eyes nor pigment. Planet Earth gets unique access to a hidden world of stalactites, stalagmites, snotites and troglodytes.

    • Episode 2

      Mountains

      aired: Sun, Mar 12, 2006

      Tour the mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on Earth and ending at the summit of Everest. One of Earth's rarest phenomena is a lava lake that has been erupting for over 100 years. The same forces built the Simian Mountains where troops of gelada baboons live, nearly a thousand strong. In the Rockies, grizzlies build winter dens inside avalanche-prone slopes. The programme also brings us astounding images of a snow leopard hunting on the Pakistan peaks, a world first.

    • Episode 1

      From Pole to Pole

      aired: Fri, Jul 10, 2009

      The lives of animals and plants are dominated by the sun and fresh water which trigger seasonal journeys. The latest technology and aerial photography enable the Planet Earth team to track some of the greatest mass migrations.

  • Episodes

    • Episode 11

      Planet Earth: Ocean Wanderers

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The camera team of Doug Anderson and Rick Rosenthal were determined to film oceanic whitetip sharks without a cage, relying only on observation, nerves and experience to dictate how long they stayed underwater in their company. The powerful sharks were initially shy of the dive team but, as more sharks arrived, they became bolder - their behaviour changing to that of the hunter.

    • Episode 10

      Planet Earth: Forest Fliers

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The Planet Earth crew attempted to film the extraordinary baobab trees in Madagascar by attaching a camera - and cameraman - to a hot air balloon. With normal ballooning the idea is to go high, well above obstacles. When filming trees, however, it's better to get really close to your subject for the most dramatic shot possible. Not too close though.

    • Episode 9

      Planet Earth: Shark Quest

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Great white sharks capture their slippery seal prey by rocketing out of the depths and delivering a massive hit at the surface. To record a breach like this in ultra slow motion, which in real-time lasts just a second, was a supreme challenge for cameraman Simon King.

    • Episode 8

      Planet Earth: Trouble In Paradise

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      It took the Planet Earth team over eight weeks in the field to film less than 15 minutes of footage of the beautiful but seldom seen Birds of Paradise in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Behind the scenes cameraman Paul Stewart endured hundreds of hours alone cramped inside a small filming hide, going stir crazy when old songs come back to haunt him.

    • Episode 7

      Planet Earth: Shot In the Dark

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Lions hunting elephants has only ever been seen by a handful of people, so the crew were up against it when trying to film this rare behaviour. Using infrared technology they were able to track a pride of lions through the African night, but when they finally got the shots they wanted it was a saddening experience for all.

    • Episode 6

      Planet Earth: Alive In the Freezer

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Cameraman Wade Fairley braved temperatures of minus 50C and near hurricane force winds as he filmed a breeding colony of 20,000 emperor penguins in the Antarctic. At the other end of the Earth on a Norwegian island, cameraman Doug Allan and assistant Jason Roberts get a bit closer to a polar bear than they bargained for.

    • Episode 5

      Planet Earth: Wild Camel Chase

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The Gobi desert is home to the last truly wild Bactrian camels and their fear of humans makes them extremely difficult to capture on film. After weeks of trying the crew were becoming frustrated, but their expert local tracker wouldn't let them down.

    • Episode 4

      Planet Earth: Into the Abyss

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The team spend a month amongst an enormous mound of bat guano in Gomantong Cave as they film the hundreds of thousands of cockroaches and other inhabitants that live there. The amazing Lechuguilla Cave of New Mexico provides a whole other set of challenges.

    • Episode 3

      Planet Earth: Diving With Piranhas

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      Cameraman Peter Scoones is on a mission to film Piranha in the wetlands of Brazil. They are considered the most dangerous freshwater fish, but prove difficult to track down, until Peter finally finds himself immersed in a feeding frenzy.

    • Episode 2

      Planet Earth: Planet Earth: Extreme Predators

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      A matchless compilation of the most dramatic hunting sequences filmed for Planet Earth. Planet Earth: Extreme Predators depicts the challenges faced by the hunters and the hunted in some of the most remote places on earth. The special features a great white shark attack on seals, the endangered snow leopard hunt in Pakistan, an unforgettable night hunt of a lion pack on elephants in Botswana, cave glow worms that hunt in total darkness and endearing bear cubs learning to hunt for salmon.

    • Episode 1

      Planet Earth: The Making of Planet Earth

      aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012

      The Making of Planet Earth is a new special featuring the extraordinary adventures of the award-winning team behind Planet Earth, detailing what these 21st Century explorers went through to film the original series. We hear from the filmmakers themselves as they share their experiences of how they defied the odds and magnificently captured the story of our planet. The Making of Planet Earth features exclusive interviews with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers who made the Planet Earth series, including director and executive producer Alastair Fothergill, producers Vanessa Berlowitz and Huw Cordey, and leading cinematographer Doug Allan.

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