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Jupiter the Giant Planet
Clash of the Gods: Zeus
Mysteries of the Unseen World
Flying Monsters
Cocaine Cowboys
Fire Ants The Invincible Army
Victory and Defeat
The Rolling Stones
The Last Empire
The Trouble with Space Junk
The Mystical North
Archimedes Secret
Race Against Time. Coasts
Playing with Nuclear Fire
Should I Eat Meat
Last of the Giants
History of the World in Two Hours
The Enemy of My Enemy
To Fly or Not to Fly
Frenzied Killing
Liberation and Revenge
The Power of Flowers
Amazing Africa
FLOW For Love of Water
Strangest Alien Worlds
Deep Space Disasters
Pax Romana
Living Together
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
What the Health
WWII In 3D
Death Of The Universe
That Sugar Film
Who are We
Vegan 2017 The Film
Attenboroughs Paradise Birds

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Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin
Galapagos with David Attenborough Origin 2013

Sir David Attenborough returns to the Galápagos Islands and travels throughout the archipelago to explain their origins and their unique fauna in evolutionary terms. He has captured a new species of pink iguana on film for the first time. In the first episode, the islands of the Galapagos rose explosively from the ocean four million years ago. Although life would not seem viable in such a remote Pacific outpost, the first arrivals landed as the fires still burned. David Attenborough explores the islands for the animals and plants that descend from these pioneers: from the sea birds carrying the seeds that made a tentative foothold on these rocks, to equator-dwelling penguins and a dancing bird with blue feet. This is a story of treacherous journeys, life-forms that forged unlikely companionships, and surviving against all odds. It is the story of an evolutionary melting pot in which anything and everything is possible.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:05      Series: Galapagos with David Attenborough

Galapagos: Born of Fire
Galapagos: Born of Fire 2006

Natural history series exploring the Galapagos Islands, which lie 1,000 kilometres off the coast of South America. This programme examines the fascinating stages of the islands' lives and how a variety of creatures have found ways to survive, including marine iguanas, sea-going lizards and giant tortoises.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: Galapagos

Meat-Eaters
Meat-Eaters 1998

This episode examines those birds whose sustenance comes from flesh and their methods of hunting. In New Zealand, Sir Attenborough observes Keas, parrots that do not eat meat exclusively, raiding a shearwater's burrow for a chick. However, it is the dedicated birds of prey, such as owls, buzzards, eagles, falcons and vultures, to which much of the programme is devoted. In order to spot and pursue their victims, senses of sight and hearing are very acute. Vultures are the exception, in that they eat what others have left, and once a carcass is found, so many birds descend on it that the carrion seems submerged beneath them. The Turkey Vulture is an anomaly within its group, as it also has a keen sense of smell. Eagles defend their territory vigorously, and a pair of sea eagles are shown engaging in an aerial battle. The Galápagos Hawk hunts Marine Iguanas, but can only do so when its quarry is vulnerable, during the breeding season. The African Harrier Hawk has adapted to extracting burrowing animals by virtue of an especially long, double-jointed pair of legs. By contrast, a shrike is not equipped with the requisite sharp beak and talons needed for butchery, and so dismembers its kill by impaling it on the thorns of acacias. The Lammergeier eats bones, and will drop them on to rocks from a great height in order to break them down to a digestible size. Also featured are the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Goshawk and Peregrine Falcon.

Category:Nature  Duration:50:00   Series: The Life of Birds

Adaptation
Adaptation 2013

Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We learn that life must be able to adapt quickly in these ever-changing volcanic landscapes. It has resulted in species found nowhere else in the world, such as giant whale sharks and marine iguanas that can spit sea-salt from their noses, dandelion seeds that grow into tree-sized plants and spiders that can blend perfectly into the darkness. Adaptation has been the key to survival in these islands so far, but the story of life in the Galapagos doesn’t end here. The catalyst that triggers these explosions of life remains in place.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:05      Series: Galapagos with David Attenborough

 
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