7:30pm – Sunday, July 25 on ABC1
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment – with stunning screen ‘firsts’ – this breathtaking ten-part blockbuster brings you 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world.
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action; individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behaviour. Cutting edge cinematic techniques capture unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences across the series – birds running and dancing on the water’s surface in dazzlingly intricate displays of courtship and fidelity; fish outwitting predators by using their fins to take flight; and flies competing in a mesmerising eyeball inflation contest.
In episode one experience the extraordinary things animals and plants must do in order to survive and reproduce. Witness amazing sights, captured at 1,000 frames per second: capuchin monkeys smashing open palm nuts with stone ‘hammers’, hippos launching from the water into the air and chameleons stealing prey from a spider’s web. Sprint with cheetahs as they band together to tackle ostriches, watch dolphins form perfect rings of silt to trap fish, and swim with a seal as it struggles to escape attacking killer whales amongst the ice of Antarctica.
More than four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, this is Life – as you’ve never seen it before.