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Natural World: Season 34

  • Season 34 Episode 9: Ghost Bear Family: Natural World

    In the vast wilderness of Canada's west coast lie forests that are home to North American black bears that through a quirk of genetics are born pure white and known as ghost bears. Canadian film-maker Jeff Turner and his own family spend a year following a she-bear and its cubs as they coped with the constant threat of hunger and potential predators all around

  • Season 34 Episode 8: Ireland's Wild River: The Mighty Shannon - Natural World

    The Shannon, which runs through the heart of Ireland, is the longest river in the British Isles. For locally born naturalist and cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, it is also the wildest. Here Colin paddles along the Shannon to reveal the creatures living in the water and along the banks, such as kingfishers, predatory pike and native red squirrels

  • Season 34 Episode 7: Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places: Natural World

    David Attenborough narrates this documentary following a couple of mountain lion families in Wyoming's Rocky Mountains. The dramatic story of two mothers struggling to raise their cubs is giving scientists an invaluable insight into the behaviour of these elusive predators

  • Season 34 Episode 6: Attenborough's Big Birds: Natural World

    Meet the big birds, a feathered family who've never flown a day in their lives. From ostriches to kiwis, these bizarre birds appear to be nature's greatest novelty act. How they came to be and how they continue to survive is a fascinating tale that has long captivated David Attenborough. In this programme, he tells a story of dedicated dads, enormous eggs and a serious need for speed. And far from being the court jesters of the animal world, these flightless curiosities once nearly ruled the planet

  • Season 34 Episode 5: Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire: Natural World

    Juliet Stevenson narrates a documentary filmed over the course of a year that tells the stories of the animals and people inhabiting Icleand. An Arctic fox family ekes out a clifftop living, an eider farmer has his hands full with the arrival of a host of ducklings and Viking horsemen prepare to saddle up for the autumn round-up. However, nature's clock is ticking and the constant volcanic threat eventually boils over with one of the island's biggest eruptions in more than 200 years

  • Season 34 Episode 4: Growing Up Wild: Natural World

    For animals growing up is a real adventure, but finding food, avoiding predators and making friends doesn't always come naturally, so they need a little parental guidance to help them learn and hone the skills that will enable them to survive on their own. David Tennant narrates this documentary following the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world as they prepare to leave home

  • Season 34 Episode 3: Galapagos - Islands of Change: Natural World

    From enormous tortoises and deep-diving lizards to fish-eating snakes and birds that hunt giant, venomous centipedes, the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is unique and bizarre. However, the wilderness that inspired Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution is becoming ever-more crowded due to increased migration and tourism. David Attenborough narrates this documentary, which examines how the Pacific archipelago's animals are adapting to their changing circumstances

  • Season 34 Episode 2: Super-Powered Owls: Natural World

    With their charismatic faces and extraordinary head-turning ability, owls are one of the nation's best-loved birds, but it is rare to catch more than a glimpse of one in the wild. With the help of leading scientists, this programme examines how the birds hunt in the dark and why they are able to fly so quietly, getting an insight into their world through the eyes of two barn owl chicks. Paul McGann narrates

  • Season 34 Episode 1: Africa's Fishing Leopards: Natural World

    David Attenborough narrates Brad Bestelink's documentary, which was filmed over the course of 18 months and follows a female leopard and its two cubs living in the wilds of Botswana alongside less-than-friendly lions, wild dogs and hyenas. The competition for food is tough, and the cats have to learn the new skill of fishing if they are to have any chance of survival

Natural World: Season 33

  • Season 33 Episode 10: Attenborough's Fabulous Frogs

    As a boy, frogs were the first animals David Attenborough kept and today he is still just as passionate about them. In this film, he takes viewers into the weird and wonderful world of the amphibian, shedding new light on the charismatic, colourful and frequently bizarre creatures, and examining their anatomy, extraordinary behaviour and ability to survive in some of the most extreme places on the planet

  • Season 33 Episode 9: A Bear with a Bounty

    Lily is a wild black bear whose life has been documented online since the day of her birth by biologist Dr Lynn Rogers, who has a unique relationship with all the bears in his study, feeding them by hand and walking with them in the woods of north Minnesota. However, his methods have divided opinion and Lily's fame has resulted in her becoming a prime target when the six-week bear hunting season begins. This film follows possibly the most challenging chapter in Lily's remarkable life. Tamsin Greig narrates

  • Season 33 Episode 8: Beavers Behaving Badly

    The Wyoming Wetlands Society is a non-profit organisation that relocates beavers that have been damaging expensive landscaped areas and flooding yards and roads with their dam-building activities in Teton County. This documentary follows the work of Drew Reed as he traps the problem animals and takes them to drainage areas of the Gros Ventre River, where the beavers help to restore and enhance wetland habitats, providing many direct and indirect benefits to both wildlife and people. Rob Brydon narrates

  • Season 33 Episode 7: Penguin Post Office

    Port Lockroy on Goudier Island in the British Antarctic Territory is the site of one of the world's most remote post offices, which has a staff of four and is open to visiting tourists during the Antarctic summer. They share the neighbourhood with more than 3,000 gentoo penguins, and this documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the birds as they try to raise their chicks in these unusual surroundings. Juliet Stevenson narrates

  • Season 33 Episode 6: The Bat Man of Mexico

    Since he first kept vampire bats in his bathroom as a child, Mexican biologist and ecologist Rodrigo Medellin has dedicated his life to saving all species of the flying mammal. In this film, David Attenborough narrates his quest to save the endangered lesser long-nosed bat, which is crucial to the production of tequila as it pollinates the plants the drink is made from. Medellin tracks the bats' epic migration across Mexico - braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches

  • Season 33 Episode 5: Operation Pygmy Hippo

    Solitary, secretive and extremely hard to find, the pygmy hippo is one of nature's last great mysteries and scientists know almost nothing about its life in the wild and what it needs to survive. This documentary follows Australian ecologist Wei-Yeen Yap as she heads to a remote part of the West African rainforest to investigate its life and habits, hoping to gain knowledge that will help save the animal from extinction. David Harewood narrates

  • Season 33 Episode 4: Nature's Misfits

    Comedian Bill Bailey narrates a documentary examining the lives of an eccentric cast of unconventional and unusual creatures that do things differently, turning this oddness to their advantage, such as the parrot that has forgotten how to fly, the bear that has turned vegetarian and a penguin that lives in the forest

  • Season 33 Episode 3: France - The Wild Side

    Paul McGann narrates a documentary examining France's wildlife, revealing wolves, wild boar and even bears living in the country's many mountains, valleys and forests, from the Pyrenees to the Alps and all around the mainland to the island of Corsica

  • Season 33 Episode 2: Honey Badgers - Masters of Mayhem

    Although barely a foot tall, the honey badger has a reputation as one of the most fearless animals in the world, attacking just about anything from venomous snakes to adult lions. This documentary follows a scientist, a beekeeper and a conservationist in South Africa as they set out to discover if the creature is really as fearsome as it is made out to be

  • Season 33 Episode 1: Africa's Giant Killers: Natural World

    Roughly once every 40 years in the northern Kalahari Desert of Botswana an ancient waterway called the Savute channel fills and flows into the surrounding marshes. This attracts thousands of grazing animals from across the region - and also draws predators to the area. This documentary follows the fortunes of Africa's largest herd of elephants and a pride of seven lions as they come face to face in an epic fight for survival, with drought having weakened the elephants and the lions desperately hungry. Narrated by Imogen Stubbs

Natural World: Season 32 (2014)

  • Season 32 Episode 10: Vultures: Beauty in the Beast - Natural World

    Cameraman and naturalist Charlie Hamilton James travels to eastern Africa to try to show a different side to the much-maligned vulture, which he believes is a beautiful and intelligent bird that deserves respect. He reveals not only a softer, more caring side to the birds, but also finds evidence that a carcass was deliberately poisoned and laid out for the raptors to feed on which resulted in numerous deaths

  • Season 32 Episode 9: Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface - Natural World

    A look at research into the lives of the marine mammals, which were long regarded as fearsome predators until the first one was brought into captivity for study in 1964, revealing facts about their profound intelligence, social interactions and parental instincts. The programme illustrates how contemporary studies continue to unearth revelations about the whales' behaviour

  • Season 32 Episode 8: Walrus: Two Tonne Tusker - Natural World

    Zoological and marine mammal reproductive physiologist Holley Muraco has been trying without success for the past six years to breed Pacific walruses, with only 15 pups having been born in captivity in the last 80 years. To discover more about their behaviour she heads from her base in California to their breeding grounds in northern Alaska to see if the answers can be found in the wild

  • Season 32 Episode 7: Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar - Natural World

    Meerkat pups Squirt and Weeny belong to one of the most famous animal families on the planet and are also part of a 20-year animal behaviour study. David Attenborough narrates the full story of the research, from the early days when it was a challenge to even get close to a meerkat to the latest revelations about these animals and their complex lives

  • Season 32 Episode 6: Orangutans: The Great Ape Escape - Natural World

    Leonora is a 16-year-old orangutan who has been living in a commune on a protected island run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. This documentary follows Leonora and her three-year-old infant Lemar as they undertake an epic and life-changing journey by boat, road and finally helicopter, before being released into the rainforest

  • Season 32 Episode 5: Meet the Monkeys

    Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson travels to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi to examine the lives of Celebes crested macaques, which are found nowhere else in the world. He teams up with a local biologist to get to know some of the characters in the troop and reveal their habits, and learns that the species has become endangered due to an illegal trade in its meat - which is seen as a delicacy

  • Season 32 Episode 4: Sri Lanka: Elephant Island - Natural World

    Wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck travels to the diverse country to study its elephants, a subspecies of the Asian genus which have their own unique characteristics. Drawing on local knowledge, he begins to unravel the complex social world of the creatures and takes an interest in an orphaned animal that lost a leg in a snare and faces an uncertain future

  • Season 32 Episode 3: The Mating Game - Natural World Special

    David Attenborough narrates a look at the different methods animals use to attract a mate, revealing how inventive, loving and complex they can be. A female polar bear tries to revive a male's interest in her by turning cartwheels in front of him, while a bird of paradise tidies obsessively as he prepares a stage for his dance. While other lemurs are fighting for the right to breed, one sidles up to a female and wins favour by wafting his scent at her, and silverback gorilla seduction involves staring with a fixed grin

  • Season 32 Episode 1: Leopards: An Unnatural History

    Conservationist Rom Whitaker discovered a leopard had moved on to his farm near Chennai and decided to investigate India's complex relationship with the big cats and find out why hundreds of the animals are being stoned, trapped or shot. He examines why such a large predator is still relatively common in a country of 1.2 billion people and explores the reasons behind some leopards becoming man-eaters

Natural World: Season 31

  • Season 31 Episode 10: Flight of the Rhino

    In South Africa last year, 668 rhinos were killed for their horns and at this rate there could be none left in the wild in 15 years. In Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, helicopters are being used to carry critically endangered black rhinos to a new site. This films follows 13 of the animals as they make the extraordinary journey and examines the work of rangers struggling to keep their rhinos safe. Narrated by Sean Bean

  • Season 31 Episode 9: Giant Otters of the Amazon: Natural World

    Cameraman Charlie Hamilton-James heads to the Peruvian jungle to chart the struggle to survive of a giant otter and its unruly family of six cubs. The young ones must learn how to swim, catch piranha and avoid predators, with Charlie managing to capture a fight between the otters and a caiman, which is a large aquatic reptile closely related to alligators and crocodiles

  • Season 31 Episode 7: Kangaroo Dundee

    Part one of two. Documentary about Brolga, a tough Australian who lives in the desert Outback with orphaned kangaroos he rescued from the roadside. As he nurses them back to health, he shares his one-room tin shack with three joeys he is hoping to return to the wild. But with desert fires and marauding wild dogs, will they make it?

  • Season 31 Episode 6: Jaguar Man

    When three orphaned jaguar cubs are discovered in a Brazilian forest, a family decides to take the place of their mother and train them to survive in the wild. Over two years the cats must learn to climb trees, swim, and hunt for their food and if they can be successfully released, there will be new hope for this rare species. Narrated by Zoƫ Wanamaker

  • Season 31 Episode 4: A Wolf Called Storm: Natural World Special

    Jeff Turner spends a year in northern Canada filming the lives of a wolf pack that featured in the David Attenborough series Frozen Planet. The cameraman learns how the animals survive in the harsh wilderness and discovering whether the pack leader can pass its hunting skills on to a new generation of cubs

  • Season 31 Episode 3: Machli: Tiger Queen

    Machli is one of the world's most famous tigers - the star of five films, with her own Facebook page and more than a million YouTube hits of her attacking a crocodile. Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to India to find his old friend in this documentary charting the extraordinary milestones in Machli's life as a mother and a hunter

  • Season 31 Episode 2: Tiger Island

    A millionaire tries to save jungle tigers on the Indonesian island of Sumatra by capturing them in their natural habitat, then transporting them to his own land and setting them free. However, zoologist Alan Rabinowitz is unsure about the wisdom of his scheme, particularly given the dangers the big cats pose to humans, and decides to investigate further

  • Season 31 Episode 1: Natural World (Living with Baboons)

    Mat Pines' five-year study of the lives of hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia, in which he lived alongside the primates in the Awash National Park, observing their behaviour and gaining acceptance in their society. As his project draws to a close, his favourite baboon, who he has called Critical, is trying to find a family and fend off male rivals - while Mat attempts to foster a greater understanding of the creatures among the local Afar tribe, which has traditionally regarded them as enemies. Narrated by David Attenborough

Natural World: Season 30

  • Season 30 Episode 14: Wild London

    Exploring London's surprising and secret wildlife and the admirers of the animals inhabiting the city, from Billingsgate fish porters and Indian chefs to Crayfish Bob, who scours the city's canals for foreign species

  • Season 30 Episode 14: Britain's Natural World: The Unnatural History of London

    Exploring the capital's surprising and secret wildlife, including seals, parakeets, badgers, foxes and even pelicans who have made London their home. The programme also focuses on the admirers of these animals, from Billingsgate fish porters and Indian chefs to Crayfish Bob, who scours the canals for foreign species

  • Season 30 Episode 13: The Real Jungle Book Bear

    The life of a young male sloth bear as he grows up in the harsh landscape of the Indian state of Karnataka. Like his fictional counterpart in the famous novel and movie adaptations, it eats ants and other insects - but unlike the Disney character, life is much tougher as he fends off foes and searches for his food. The film also meets Baloo's mother who lives nearby with two new cubs on her back, trying to keep them safe from prowling leopards

  • Season 30 Episode 12: Zambezi

    The seasonal story of Africa's River Zambezi, home to animals including elephants, water buffalo, zebras and hippos. In the wet season the rains burst the banks and all creatures - people included - are forced to move out of the way, leaving the fish to swim through the villages. In the dry season, the wildlife fight over the few pools of water while predators prowl

  • Season 30 Episode 9: Killer Bees of Africa

    The life of the African honeybee queen, from hatching and killing off her sisters to the battle to survive with the rest of her colony. Narrated by Tamsin Greig, the film provides a bee's-eye view of the world as the insects fight off giant invaders and migrate across the savannah to Mount Kenya before the dry season arrives. The documentary is followed by Safe in the City, a 10-minute film with Dr George McGavin on the growth of the urban beekeeper

  • Season 30 Episode 7: Natural World: Jungle Gremlins of Java

    Primatologist Dr Anna Nekaris travels to the Indonesian island of Java to investigate the slow loris. The creature is often considered cute but possesses a deadly toxic bite unusual in a primate. Heading deeper into the jungle to find out more about its lethal capabilities, she makes a surprising discovery

Natural World: Season 29 (2011 - 2013)

  • Season 29 Episode 13: One Million Snakebites

    Romulus Whitaker, a snake expert with more than 40 years of field experience, sets out to discover the truth behind a reported rise in snake bites in India, which may have caused more human deaths than the official statistics suggest. He investigates some of the subcontinent's deadliest reptiles, including the king cobra and the sawscaled viper, and explores the natural history that has led to this epidemic

  • Season 29 Episode 11: Chimps of the Lost Gorge

    Documentary providing an insight into the lives of chimpanzees living in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, a deep, forested ravine running through the heart of the African savannah. For 15 years, the gorge has been cut off from the rest of the jungle, leaving the animals stranded with limited sources of food. The programme follows the 20 remaining chimps as alpha male Brutus struggles to retain control in the face of the family's daily life or death dilemmas

  • Season 29 Episode 10: Elsa - The Lioness that Changed the World

    Documentary providing an insight into how Joy Adamson's book Born Free, and its subsequent film adaptation, sparked new interest in nature and conservation in the 1960s, and introduced the world to Elsa, an orphaned lioness that she and her husband George raised at their Kenyan reserve before releasing her into the wild. The programme also details the darker side of the Adamsons' work in Africa, which eventually led them both to untimely deaths. Includes contributions from David Attenborough and Born Free actress Virginia McKenna

  • Season 29 Episode 9: Natural World Special: Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq

    David Johnson heads for the Mesopotamian Marshes in Iraq, theorised to be one of the possible locations of the Garden of Eden, to investigate a large-scale habitat recreation project, headed by ambitious engineer Azzam Alwash, to transform the desert-like region back into a fertile wetland

  • Season 29 Episode 8: Butterflies: A Very British Obsession - Natural World

    Documentary examining the enduring appeal of butterflies, asking why they are so popular with the people of Britain despite the fact that many species are in decline. The programme introduces street artist Nick Walker, who uses images of the insects to brighten bare city walls, and provides an insight into the work of a burlesque dancer who uses their movements as inspiration for her performances

  • Season 29 Episode 6: The Dolphins of Shark Bay

    Documentary following the daily lives of a bottlenose dolphin as it struggles to keep its newborn calf alive in the treacherous waters of Shark Bay, Western Australia. With the help of other females, the creature tries to teach the vulnerable baby the necessary tricks for survival in shark-infested waters

  • Season 29 Episode 4: The Himalayas

    Examining how wild animals, including monkeys, wolves, bears, foxes and pheasants, cope with mountain life in the Himalayas. The programme reveals how the harsh terrain has given many creatures remarkable strength. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Season 29 Episode 3: Sea Otters - A Million Dollar Baby

    Following the life of a rare sea otter pup growing up on the coast of California, in an unusual location among the yachts of a marina. Its mother must teach her baby how to avoid the boats and find food in the busy harbour, but an attack by a tough male otter signals disaster for the family. Narrated by Bonnie Greer

  • Season 29 Episode 2: Echo: An Unforgettable Elephant

    Martyn Colbeck and Cynthia Moss look at the legacy of Echo the elephant, who died last year after being followed on film during the final chapter of her life, having guided her family for half a century. With a drought devastating the animal's home in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, a 38-strong band of relatives and descendants must overcome the loss of their leader, hunger and the threat of poachers to survive. Presented by David Attenborough

Natural World: Season 28 (2010 - 2011)

  • Season 28 Episode 14: Forest Elephants: Rumbles in the Jungle

    Scientist Andrea Turkalo examines the social bonds formed by elephants deep in the rainforests of central Africa. After more than 20 years of field study, she has begun to unravel the secrets of the animals' lives and the meanings of the sounds they use to communicate with each other. Richard Armitage narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 13: Britain's Natural World: The Wild Places of Essex

    Award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane spends a year travelling around Essex to discover the variety of landscapes and wildlife in the county. During his journey he visits desolate beaches and wild woods, sees huge flocks of red knot over the Thames, and encounters an array of animals including peregrine falcons, water voles, deer, barn owls and seals

  • Season 28 Episode 12: Natural World - Prairie Dogs: Talk of the Town

    Documentary following the experiments carried out in America by Professor Con Slobodchikoff, who has recorded and analysed the phonetic patterns used by prairie dogs to communicate with each other. After spending 30 years studying the little mammals, he thinks he has discovered a language second only to human speech in its complexity, which the animals utter to make other members of their community aware of impending danger from predators. Rob Brydon narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 11: Natural World - The Chimpcam Project

    Documentary following a research project at Edinburgh Zoo aimed at providing chimpanzees with the training necessary for them to shoot a film. Chimp specialist Betsy Herrelko tries to communicate with the primates using video technology, as they are given cameras and taught how to use them. The filmed results can be seen at the end of the programme. Stuart McQuarrie narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 10: The Secret Leopards

    Documentary exploring the lives of leopard mothers and their cubs in East Africa, revealing why these animals thrive across half the world while other species such as tigers, cheetahs and lions struggle to survive, and how they even manage to live undercover in farms and cities in Africa and Asia. Jonathan Scott narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 9: A Killer Whale Called Luna

    Documentary film-makers trace the story of a killer whale that was separated from its family and became lost off the rugged Vancouver coast. The programme follows the mammal's tumultuous life, recording the friendships the creature develops with humans, and government officials' numerous attempts to capture it

  • Season 28 Episode 8: Birds of Paradise

    A team of local naturalists ventures deep into the heart of the New Guinean rainforest to film 10 specimens of the bird of paradise, famed for its beauty, acrobatics, bizarre courtship displays and hypnotic pulsing sounds. David Attenborough narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 7: Radio Gibbon

    In deepest Borneo, Frenchman Chanee Brule set up a rescue centre and has become the world expert at matchmaking gibbons, successfully bonding pairs before releasing them back into the wild. To increase awareness of the dangers of extinction, he has also established Radio Kalaweit, which has become the most successful station in the country. Narrated by Adrian Edmonson

  • Season 28 Episode 6: Britain's Natural World - A Highland Haven

    The wildlife of the Highlands, seen through the eyes of naturalist Fergus Beeley, who spent a year at Loch Maree and the surrounding hills. He follows the fortunes of rare black-throated divers and white-tailed sea eagles, and films the red deer and salmon whose lives revolve around the loch

  • Season 28 Episode 5: Bringing Up Baby

    The documentary series examines the vital bond between animal mothers and their babies, from fish that look after their young in their mouths, to the extended childhoods of gorillas and orang-utans. The programme explores the tough choices that mothers make to balance their own needs with those of their infants, and looks at how the emotions of love and grief manifest themselves in the animal kingdom. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Season 28 Episode 4: Black Mamba, White Witch

    As summer arrives in the African kingdom of Swaziland, so does the fearsome black mamba, whose bite in a country with limited health care and no anti-venom may be fatal. This programme follows the work of hotel manager Thea Litschka-Koen and her husband Clifton, who are on call 24 hours a day to help locals remove the snakes when they appear. The couple have set up a scientific project to track the black mambas after they are released back into the wild and learn how they spend their lives. Narrated by Lenny Henry

  • Season 28 Episode 3: Andrea: Queen of Mantas

    Marine biologist Andrea Marshall provides an insight into the life and behaviour of manta rays off the coast of Mozambique. She carries out investigations to shed light on these little-known creatures that grow up to seven metres long and are considered one of the most intelligent inhabitants of the ocean. Her underwater photography studies reveal their curious nature, ritual courtship dances and the existence of a giant new species. Alisdair Simpson narrates

  • Season 28 Episode 2: Victoria Falls: The Smoke That Thunders

    Documentary charting life along the Zambezi River, set against the spectacular backdrop of the Victoria Falls, and told through the experiences of local angler Mr White, who has fished the waters for 69 years. Over the decades, his companions have been the area's wildlife - elephants, baboons, hippos and kingfishers - and the film shows how their lives are ruled by the seasonal changes of the river and the rains

  • Season 28 Episode 1: Bearwalker of the Northwoods

    Biologist Lynn Rogers uses a controversial technique - giving food to wild black bears to gain their trust - and follows a family of four of the animals over a year in and around the forests of northern Minnesota. She aims to provide an intimate portrait of the lives and habits of these creatures

Natural World: Season 27 (2009 - 2011)

  • Season 27 Episode 15: Iron Curtain, Ribbon of Life

    The conservation movement that turned the no-man's-land between Eastern and Western Europe - known as the Iron Curtain - into a wildlife protection area after the fall of communism in 1989. Biologist Kai Frobel led the project to save rare creatures and plants inhabiting the 13,000km stretch, including bears and wolverines in Finland and eagles in Bulgaria

  • Season 27 Episode 12: Natural World - Snow Monkeys

    Natural history film examining the difficulties faced by Japanese macaques - also known as snow monkeys. Made famous by a photograph published on the cover of Life Magazine in 1970 depicting one of the animals bathing in a hot spring, the primates have become a tourist attraction but face a daily struggle survive in the harsh climes of the mountains. Iain Glen narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 11: Natural World - Elephants without Borders: The Long Walk Home

    Mike Chase investigates the suggested culling of Botswana's rapidly growing elephant population, where some believe the imposing mammals are breeding too well and pose a threat to the population. The researcher outlines an alternative plan to safeguard the animals' future while protecting the locals' fragile desert home. Jeremy Northam narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 10: Man-Eating Tigers of the Sundarbans

    The Bengal tiger is an endangered species, but the animals have developed a taste for human flesh. With up to 50 workers being killed by the big cats each year in the Sundarbans forest, Bangladesh, experts have difficulty encouraging local people to protect them. Sanjeev Bhaskar narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 9: Natural World: Polar Bears and Grizzlies - Bears on Top of the World

    Natural history film documenting the similarities between polar bears and grizzlies by following two families in the wild. As the Arctic warms up, the creatures' habitats are beginning to overlap, meaning the brown and white bears are competing for food and space and, in some cases, interbreeding. Peter Guinness narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 8: The Mountains of the Monsoon

    Environmentalist Sandesh Kadur explores India's Western Ghats mountains, a few hours from Bangalore. He encounters tigers and elephants as well as rarer creatures including a purple frog with a face like a shrew, and goes in search of a grey big cat that might be a new species. Susheela Raman narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 7: Cuckoo

    How the cuckoo's aptitude for deception has puzzled bird-watchers for thousands of years. David Attenborough discovers how members of the species trick other birds into accepting their eggs and how, once hatched, the adopted babies set about killing the other chicks in the nest

  • Season 27 Episode 6: Great White Shark - A Living Legend

    Documentary following naturalist Mike Rutzen's quest to learn more about the role of the great white shark as apex predators in the marine ecosystem and to dive with the creatures while they hunt. The shark safari guide takes to South Africa's coastal waters to swim with the mammals at close proximity. He witnesses them eating a huge whale carcass and finds their feeding habits are far from unstructured and frenzied. The expert discovers the predators' hunting location and, armed with a decoy, participates in his ultimate dive - right into the heart of an ambush site where the predators wait for their seal prey

  • Season 27 Episode 5: Cork - Forest in a Bottle

    Wildlife enthusiast Francisco Garrett heads to the Montados in the Alentejo region of Portugal to investigate the ancient trees whose bark is used to produce the majority of the world's wine corks. Here he discovers a thriving cork harvesting industry in what may be one of the last sustainable economies that remains in harmony with nature

  • Season 27 Episode 3: Clever Monkeys

    Documentary examining strikingly human-like behaviour patterns in other primates, discovering examples of simian intelligence in langurs, pygmy marmosets - which 'farm' tree sap - and white-faced capuchins who tenderly nurse the victims of battle. David Attenborough narrates

  • Season 27 Episode 2: Whale Shark

    Marine biologist Mark Meekhan follows tagged whale sharks, which can grow to more than 12 metres long, from the lagoons of Ningaloo in Western Australia to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, hoping to learn more about their movements and life cycle. In the process, he also gains valuable information on how they can be better protected

  • Season 27 Episode 1: Titus - the Gorilla King

    Documentary exploring the life of orphaned silverback gorilla Titus, who overcame the disadvantages of his early years to become the leader of a mountain-dwelling troop. At the age of 33, Titus' life appears to be a remarkable success story, but his reign is threatened when one-time ally-turned-rival Kuryama returns - and seems ready to stage a dangerous coup

Natural World: Season 26 (2007 - 2008)

  • Season 26 Episode 15: Superfish: The Fastest Predator

    Marine biologist and film-maker Rick Rosenthal's journeys across three oceans in search of billfish. Among the endangered species he champions are the graceful sailfish, menacing swordfish and the marlin, immortalised in fiction by Ernest Hemingway. David Attenborough narrates

  • Season 26 Episode 14: Spectacled Bears - Shadows of the Forest

    The endangered and elusive species of spectacled bears that live in reduced numbers in Peru, and about which little was known until recent years when zoologists were forced to reassess their preconception of them as gentle, vegetarian creatures. Narrated by self confessed Paddington Bear-fan, Stephen Fry

  • Season 26 Episode 13: Naabi - African Princess

    The story of a young heir to the largest hyena clan in East Africa. Naabi was the daughter of the dominant female, but when her mother was killed and her clan taken over by a rival, she was left to fend for herself in the African bush before returning to stake her claim as queen. Aicha Kossoko narrates

  • Season 26 Episode 11: Reindeer Girls

    Profile of two 17-year-old cousins from Norway who are reindeer herders from one of Europe's last indigenous people, the Sami. The programme follows them as they accompany the animals on the annual migration across the Arctic tundra. Stuart McQuarrie narrates

  • Season 26 Episode 10: Lobo - The Wolf that Changed America

    Revealing why Ernest Thompson Seton's book about his experiences in 1893, when he set out to kill a wolf that was slaughtering cattle, became the first to portray the animals in a positive light. His account inspired naturalists and changed the way many Americans saw their wilderness. David Attenborough narrates

  • Season 26 Episode 9: Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert

    Cameraman Martyn Colbeck reveals the story of two elephant calves that are part of the world's most endangered population of the creatures, as they struggle to cope with their first six months in the Namib Desert. Their fight is hindered when rivers disappear underground and their survival depends on the leadership of the adult females

  • Season 26 Episode 7: Badgers - Secrets of the Sett

    Surprisingly few people have seen a badger in the wild and little is known about the private lives of the reclusive animals. Hidden cameras monitored a sett in Devon for more than a year, revealing previously unknown aspects of the creatures' everyday existence. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Season 26 Episode 6: Saved by Dolphins

    Reconstructions are staged of two events in a bid to analyse whether the tales of dolphins rescuing humans at sea could be true. Set against the backdrops of the Red Sea and New Zealand's North Island, the film presents two scenarios where swimmers have apparently been saved from sharks. Narrated by Pete Gallagher

  • Season 26 Episode 5: White Falcon, White Wolf

    The lives of white gyrfalcons and a pack of Arctic wolves on the frozen landscape of Ellesmere Island, Canada. The birds feed their young with the flesh of hares, while the lupine pack awaits the arrival of new cubs. Narrated by Simon Poland

  • Season 26 Episode 4: Tiger Kill

    Naturalist Simon King travels to India to capture a wild tiger on film. He teams up with Alphonse Roy, who has 17 years of experience in the subcontinent's jungles and provides the necessary skills to search for the creatures

  • Season 26 Episode 3: Earth Pilgrim: A Year on Dartmoor

    Exploring Dartmoor's ancient woods and rivers. These areas are populated by a large number of creatures, including red deer, emperor moths, starling roosts, kestrels and foxes. Narrated by ecologist Satish Kumar

  • Season 26 Episode 2: Raising Sancho

    The story of a giant otter cub rescued and raised by Brazilian naturalist Carolina Vargas. The creature has to be bottle fed, learn how to hunt fish and be taught how to survive the predators of the world's largest wetland, the Pantanal in South America

  • Season 26 Episode 1: Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth

    Nisar Malik travels to the remote mountains of northern Pakistan to chronicle the life of the wild snow leopard. He spent two years with cameraman Mark Smith documenting the creature's daily life, finally lifting the veil on the most elusive of all cats

Natural World: Season 25

  • Season 25 Episode 12: Natural World: The Bloodhound and the Beardie

    Dogs have been carefully bred for centuries as working animals, but when kept as pets their instincts to hunt, guard and retrieve can often cause behavioural problems. The programme follows a bloodhound and a bearded collie living in a rescue centre, as professional trainers teach them to do the jobs they were bred for, hoping that sniffing out criminals and herding sheep will give them the chance of a more settled life. Narrated by Adrian Edmondson

Natural World: Season 24 (2006)

  • Season 24 Episode 16: The Iceberg That Sank the Titanic

    An insight into the origins of the iceberg that sank the Titanic in 1912. Formed 15,000 years before the ill-fated ship made its maiden voyage, its development in the heart of the Greenland ice sheet is charted from its dramatic birth through a 4,000-mile journey toward its date with destiny

  • Season 24 Episode 13: Ant Attack

    Documentary offering an insight into the devastating power of the African driver ant, which can form destructive armies of 20 million insects - representing the biggest family on Earth. They thrive by ravaging forests and killing everything they can catch

  • Season 24 Episode 1: The Orang-utan King

    The life of the world's most famous orang-utan in the forests of Borneo, Kusasi. The primate has developed from an orphaned baby to a fearless 20-stone ruler in the Camp Leakey sanctuary, and has been visited by actress Julia Roberts and primatologist Beruti Geldikas. However, at 30 years old his power may be starting to wane, and his life takes a new direction with the arrival of a challenger to his throne

Natural World: Season 19

  • Season 19 Episode 13: Hippo Beach

    Insight into the bizarre behavioural habits of the African hippo, a creature which spends most of its lifetime in water but cannot swim, and eats mainly grass yet thinks nothing of challenging a lion for a share of its kill. Featuring action-packed footage of fearsome hippo bulls as they defend their territories

Natural World: Season 15

  • Season 15 Episode 8: Wolves Vs Buffalo

    Wildlife film-maker Jeff Turner travels to Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada, where he attempts to understand how a pack of wolves live together with buffalo in what seems like a forgotten corner of the world

Natural World: Other Episodes

  • The Killer Whales - The Ultimate Guide

    Killer Whales: The Ultimate Guide Revealing the social, intelligent side of the killer whale.

  • Giant Otters of the Amazon

    Diablo the giant otter lives in a lake in the jungles of Peru with his unruly family of six cubs as he teaches them to swim and eventually catch piranha for themselves.

  • Orangutans: The Great Ape Escape

    An orphaned orangutan embarks on a pioneering journey back to the wild; 600 more orangutans wait to follow Leonora to freedom.

  • 13/14/: Meerkat Home Movies
  • 13/14: The Leopard in My Backyard
  • 13/14: Apes on a Plane
  • 13/14: The Walrus Woman
  • 13/14: Elephant Island
  • 12/13: Giant Otters
  • 12/13: Kangaroo Dundee
  • 12/13: Jaguar Man
  • Panda Makers

    Giant Pandas were on the brink of extinction but now are coming back, thanks to an extraordinary conservation project.; the Chengdu Research Base in central China is breeding 300 pandas and will then start introducing them back into the wild.

  • Man Eating Tiger of Sumatra
  • Kangaroo Dundee

    Brolga shares his tin shack with three joeys he hopes to return to the wild.

  • Anna and the Gremlins

    Primatologist, Anna Nekaris, has dedicated her life to studying the Slow Loris, a little-known and threatened primate. Her work involves rescuing and rejuvenating the population.

  • Killer Queen

    One surprising creature in Africa that causes elephants to stampede and lions to flee is the African Killer Bee. The queen is the leader of these bees.

  • Tiger Dynasty

    Transported from her home in an Indian park to life in a new reserve, Baghani the tigress must fight with leopards for territory and learn to hunt dangerous wild boar. Also released is Rajore, a hot blooded young male.

  • Lemur Blues

    Pure white lemurs called Silky Sifaka live in the remote rainforests of Madagascar. A passionate scientist investigates whether there is a link between these endangered lemurs, illegal logging and expensive guitars in the USA.

  • Blind Date: Rhino Style

    Angie Genade is trying to reverse the extinction of the rhino in Uganda. She tries to find a mate for Moja, one of only two male rhinos left in the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary.

  • The Dragon's Bite

    Dr. Bryan Fry discovers there's a lot more to the Komodo dragon than meets the eye - from hidden venom glands to its secret origins.

  • The Woman Who Swims With Killer Whales

    Ingrid Vissers is the only scientist in the world who will dive with orcas. Her daily encounters have helped her build a picture of their complex social lives.

  • World's Largest Shark

    Marine biologist Mark Meekan tags 50 sharks and follows their dramatic journey.

  • Earthride

    The journey of a droplet of water.

  • The Big Sting

    Creature bodies designed as weapons.

  • Butterflies

    Documentary capturing the beauty of butterflies close up, and revealing how they inspire the images of street artist Nick Walker and the performances of burlesque dancer Vicky Butterfly. The programme also raises the question of whether a passion for these elegant insects could help people preserve much-loved landscapes. Narrated by Imelda Staunton

  • Empire of the Desert Ants
  • Riddle of the Right Whale

    The plight of the right whale, hunted almost to extinction for its blubber and now under continued threat from pollution in the North Atlantic, although its relatives in the southern hemisphere appear to be thriving

  • Million Dollar Otter

    The trials and tribulations of a sea otter pup growing up on the coast of California.

  • Mothers and Babies

    From the lion to the lemur, hippo to elephant, Wild Mothers and Babies looks at the first few days of an animals life.

  • Bonobo: Missing in Action

    Dr Frances White takes a journey back to the Democratic Republic of Congo to find out if the bonobo apes have survived the war that has overtaken their jungle home. The peace-loving animals offer an insight into the gentler side of human nature, but scientists fear they are heading for extinction

  • Crocodile Invasion

    Australia's salt-water crocodiles.

  • Eye for an Elephant

    The work of Martyn Colbeck, who for more than 15 years has photographed and filmed the African elephant in all its habitats, including the deep Congo jungle and the sands of the Namibian desert. He describes how he has witnessed large bulls in a deadly duel and recorded the family matriarch giving birth at night

  • Big Bear Sky

    Twin black bear cubs venture out of their mother's den for the first time, in Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains.

  • A Turtle's Guide to the Pacific

    The journey of a loggerhead turtle through the Pacific Ocean.

  • Lost Crocodiles of the Pharaohs

    A mystery involves crocodiles found in the Sahara Desert.

  • Moon Power

    The cataclysmic accident that formed the moon changed the history of Earth.

  • Tigers of the Emerald Forest

    Scientist Raghu Chundawat reveals the secrets of tigers, including how the males battle to rule the forest kingdom.

  • The Last Tusker

    Wild bull elephants on Sri Lanka face an uncertain future.

  • Mississippi
  • Shark Coast
  • Secrets of the Mayan Underworld

    Simon MacCorkindale narrates an exploration of the vast network of flooded underground caves in Mexico's Yucatan. The divers examining this strange netherworld have encountered many previously unheard-of species as well as relics of the Maya civilisation - including human bones and offerings made to the spirits

  • Penguins of the Antarctic
  • Toki's Tale

    In 2002 two cheetah brothers were orphaned, their mother killed by a lion.

  • Hightops of Scotland

    Wildlife inhabit the Scottish Highlands.

  • Andes - The Dragon's Back

    A 3,000-mile journey across the Andes, from the arid wastes of the Atacama desert to the spectacular majesty of the snow-capped glaciers. The region is filled with unusual wildlife, including blue-eyed puma cubs, flamingos dancing in a crimson lake, and the real-life inspiration for Paddington Bear. Narrated by Steven Berkoff

  • Serengeti 24

    Documentary following 24 perilous hours in the lives of two big-cat females - a cheetah and leopard - and their cubs, as half a million wildebeest sweep toward them at the height of the wet season in the Ndutu woodlands of the Serengeti. Narrated by Michael Praed

  • Wild Indonesia: Magical Forests
  • Wild Indonesia: Island Castaways

    With 155 active volcanos, Indonesia is the most violent volcanic region on earth.

  • Wild Indonesia: Underwater Wonderland

    Reef fish and manta rays ride the strong currents that flow between 17,000 islands.

  • The Farm That Time Forgot

    Britain's traditional farms are becoming as rare as many native plants and animals.

  • Serengeti Today: As Seen on TV
  • Platypus: World's Strangest Animal
  • Snowdonia: Realm of Ravens

    A raven offers a bird's-eye view of life in Northern Wales.

  • Paracas and the Billion Dollar Birds
  • Indonesia: Fire Islands

    Natural history film exploring the diverse wildlife that has evolved on the isolated paradise islands of Indonesia, where a volcanic eruption could happen at any time, altering the landscape and, as with the island of Krakatau, causing animals and plants to disappear overnight

  • Walking with Lions

    Film-makers Lynne and Philip Richardson gain the trust of a pride of lions in the Zambezi Valley and observe them at close quarters, with no protection or vehicle. However, the alpha male is overthrown by a newcomer : will the new leader let them experience the same freedom?

  • The Call of Kakadu

    Naturalist David Curl studies kookaburras in Australia.

  • Sahara : The English Patient's Desert

    Simon MacCorkindale narrates the story of explorer Ladislaus Almasy's 1933 discovery of prehistoric rock art depicting people swimming, and animals including giraffes and elephants. He reveals how the find led to speculation about the existence of an ancient tropical paradise in what is now the Sahara desert

  • The Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree

    Time-lapse, slow motion and macro filming techniques are used to explore the ecosystem in a Botswana woodland, revealing the relationship between the elephant, the emperor moth and the mopane tree, and the local families who depend on worms to supplement their diet

  • Missing, Presumed Eaten

    Biologist Tony Pooley and lawyer Michael Bernstein retrace the steps of a South African businessman who was apparently eaten by a crocodile in Mozambique. Two Polish tourists say they saw Michael Rosch dragged from a riverbank by the creature, but since the man-eating reptile is rare in that part of the world, suspicions arose as to whether it was really an elaborate life assurance fraud. Narrated by Sean Barrett

  • Lions : Pride in Peril

    Based on a seven-month study by award-winning film-maker Owen Newman, David Attenborough narrates the decline of Tanzania's Tokitok pride of lions, as the lionesses and their two guardian males try to protect their cubs from the more powerful groups that inhabit the Ngorongoro Crater

  • Grand Canyon: From Dinosaurs to Dams

    Natural wonders of the Grand Canyon.

  • Wolves and Buffalo
  • Killer Bees : Taming the Swarm

    The truth about the Africanised honey bee, more commonly known as the killer bee, one of the most successful invaders and a cause of devastation in the natural world. The programme analyses whether there is a way of taming this lethal force of nature

  • A Wild Dog's Story

    Researcher Dr J Weldon 'Tico' McNutt chronicles five dramatic years in the life of a wild dog named Newky inhabiting Botswana's Okavango delta - a wetland region with its own unique ecosystem, which provides a home for many bird and animal species. Part of the Natural World is 25 season

  • A Life with Cougars

    Canadian film-makers living in the wilderness go in search of cougars, using remote-controlled and infrared night-vision cameras to catch them on film

  • Capybara

    Documentary about the South American capybara, the world's largest semi-aquatic rodent

  • Killer Ants

    Sanjeev Bhaskar narrates an insight into the lives of carnivorous ants, investigating whether the stories of their devastating capabilities are true. Featuring driver ants, which can supposedly consume an entire horse in a day, the Tasmanian jack jumper, rumoured to be able to kill a man with a single sting and a Latin American species which is believed to have wiped out every living thing in a forest

  • Echo of the Elephants: The Next Generation

    Research zoologist Cynthia Moss has devoted years of time and energy following a female elephant she named Echo as she led her sprawling family around the Kenyan National Park of Amboseli, and this award-winning film by Martyn Colbeck chronicles four years of the small herd's life. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Britain's Natural World: My Halcyon River

    A typical British waterway is explored, revealing the habits of otters as they hunt on the midnight current, mink waiting to pounce on unwary victims and kingfishers ready to spear their prey. Narrated by John James. Part of the Natural World is 25 season

  • Death Trap

    The ecosystem of the Pacific coast, where predators hope to feast on the billions of fish that come to the breeding ground to spawn. Offshore, marine animals including whales, seals and sharks gather to feed, while inland grizzly bears fight and bald eagles grapple in mid-air for the chance to prey on such easy pickings

  • The Crossing
  • The Tigers' Fortress

    The chequered history of a tiger conservation park in Rajasthan, northern India, from its success in the 1980s through its battles with corruption and poaching in the early 1990s to its present status as home to the highest number of tigers and cubs for 15 years

  • Falklands : Flying Devils

    Jane Watson and Mark Smith journey to the South Atlantic, where they come face to face with a rare, mischievous and fearless bird of prey known as the striated caracara or Johnny rook

  • Danger in Tiger Paradise

    Valmik Thapar returns to Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan to witness the progress of Machli, a tigress he has followed for four years. It's been a while since he last saw her and she now has two cubs, but with their father gone, presumed dead, she faces a new challenge - protecting her offspring from the males that are trying to establish themselves in the area

  • Meerkats - Part of the Team

    Documentary-maker Simon King follows a family of meerkats in South Africa's Tswalu National Park, winning their trust and using new filming techniques to capture their secret lives, including encounters with enemies ranging from snakes and scorpions to cheetahs and eagles. Part of 100 Years of Wildlife Week

  • The Ancient Amazon
  • Survival: Burning Heart
  • Mzima: Haunt of the River Horse
  • Beyond the Naked Eye

    The secret lives of microscopic bugs and plants that form the basis of life on the planet. Although they can cause deadly diseases, these single-celled microbes also constitute a vital link in the food chain and even control the climate

  • The Vanishing Pools of the Zambezi

    Martin Jarvis tells the story of the wildlife in Africa's Mana Pools National Park, where species flourish in times of plenty. But when the rainy season ends, the grass withers and the herds pine for water : which is often a long time coming

  • Ibera: Land of Shining Water
  • Islands of the African Sky

    Unusual wildlife evolves as a result of isolation in a mountain range.

  • Death Valley
  • Horns Over Africa
  • Water: A Gift From Heaven
  • Blackjack: High Stakes
  • Naturzeit Running Hot and Cold
  • Fish Among the Treetops
  • Walking With Dinosaurs
  • Ayers Rock: Uluru
  • Spirits of the Ice Forest/Death of a Dynasty
  • Living Britain
  • Great Karoo

    A little-known area of South Africa is so arid that its animals emerge only at night.

  • Haida Gwai: Islands of the People

    Haidi's relationship with natural world.

  • Wild Dogs Last Stand

    The African wild dog is near extinction.

  • Borneo : Island in the Clouds

    The wildlife of Borneo, home to a diverse array of creatures, including proboscis monkeys, forest elephants, rhinos and orang-utans. The island boasts the tallest peak in South-East Asia, Mount Kinabalu, and some of the world's largest cave systems, as well as mangrove swamps and a coral reef teeming with life. Narrated by John Shrapnel

  • Hunters of the Sea Wind

    Ocean currents draw vast schools of fish -- and predators -- to the shores of Costa Rica and Panama.

  • Giants of the Patagonia
  • Scandinavia: Kingdom of the Waters

    Life along the fjords of the Baltic Sea.

  • Allosaurus: Walking With Dinosaurs
  • Laponia: Land of the Midnight Sun
  • When Dinosaurs Ruled China
  • Military Monkeys: Outpost at the Crocodile River
  • New World/Time of the Titans
  • The Creative Explosion
  • Hunting the Dinosaur
  • Gremlins: Faces in the Forest
  • A Tale of Two Species
  • Sea of Knowledge: The Underwater World of Howard Hall
  • The Making of Africa's Elephant Kingdom
  • The Monarch: A Butterfly Beyond Borders
  • Candamo: A Journey Beyond Hell
  • Going West
  • In Search of Human Origins
  • Extraordinary Cats
  • Architects of the Natural World

    Many animal species construct nests.

  • Earth Trek
  • Jungle Nights

    Two scientists examine the life and death struggles of the nocturnal wildlife of Belize, focusing on such jungle creatures as the deadly jaguar, poisonous snakes and blood-sucking bats

  • The Frozen Kingdom
  • The Haunted Moor
  • Echo of the Elephants

    David Attenborough and Cynthia Moss narrate an award-winning film charting eighteen months in the life of Echo, an elephant matriarch, and her family, who live in Kenya's Amboseli National Park. Part of the Natural World is 25 season

  • World Wildlife Federation: Countdown to Extinction

    Hollywood celebrities highlight the plight of five endangered animal species.

  • Wings Over the Holy Land

    Vast numbers of bird species migrate across the Holy Land twice a year, in spring and autumn.

  • Secret World
  • Oman: Jewel of Arabia
  • Living Sands
  • Grizzly River
  • The Lost Temples of India
  • Circle of Ice
  • The Macaque Family
  • From Venice to the Nile
  • Big Tooth: Dead or Alive?
  • A Mountain Gorilla: Shattered Kingdom
  • The Unforgiving World
  • Secrets of the Great Wall
  • Contact
  • First Born
  • The Zebra Family
  • Human
  • Survival of the Fittest

    Animals participate in sporting events.

  • Magic Tree of Assam
  • Socially Smart
  • Naturally Clever
  • The Raging Sands
  • Jewels in the Jungle
  • The Cold Front
  • Exodus
  • The Frozen Skies
  • The Lion Family
  • The Race to the Pole
  • New Guinea: An Island Apart

    Tim Pigott-Smith narrates this study of wildlife inhabiting the world's largest tropical island : New Guinea. From coral reefs and steamy swamps to icy mountain peaks, there exists a unique and varied animal kingdom, including flying possums, tree-dwelling kangaroos , giant crocodiles and birds of paradise

  • Moose: Spirit of the North Woods
  • Mara Nights
  • Tales of the Tides: The Hyena and the Mudskipper
  • Beyond Forces
  • Gaia's Children
  • From the Amazon to the Arctic
  • Sun and Moon
  • Love
  • Wind and Water
  • The Hyena Family
  • Ice and Fire
  • Triassic Giant
  • Reef Warriors
  • From the Outback to Shangri-La
  • The Sisterhood

    Portrait of Africa's spotted hyena, revealing how the much-maligned carnivores are a secretive, female-dominated society that prefer to search for food under cover of darkness

  • Body
  • Deadly Protectors
  • Scandinavia: Kingdom of the Land

    Reindeer, musk ox and carrion birds scavenge through the Scandinavian winters.

  • The Savage South
  • Kilimanjaro
  • At the Edge of the Ice
  • Niagara
  • Animal Informers
  • The Everglades
  • The Cat Connection

    The secret life of the cat, examining the Jekyll and Hyde nature of the feline, which is a ruthless predator in the wild. Filmed in several countries, the programme explains what place the creature has in history, asking why it's the most popular domesticated pet in Britain and the USA

  • The Canine Conspiracy

    The programme follows a puppy through the first year of its life and its wilful destruction of the owner's property : which nearly led to the rebellious hound's expulsion from the family home. Producer Mark Flowers reveals the manipulative nature of the mutt and how the four-legged beast may have manipulated people for thousands of years, casting doubt on the notion of the dog as man's best friend. Have humans unwittingly become victims of a canine conspiracy?

  • Untangling the Knot

    Knots, tiny shorebirds, travel in spectacular flocks of thousands and change color from gray to red readily.

  • Even Animals Must Be Free

    A native guide in Kenya ponders the precarious balance between tourism and wildlife.

  • Badlands

    The Dakota Badlands teem with prairie dogs.

  • The Alps

    The rugged landscape of the European Alps, refuge to a host of wildlife, including Alpine brown bears which fish in mountain streams and steal honey from the nests of wild bees, and wolves which have again started to breed in the lowland forests

  • Claws : The Lives of Crabs

    Insight into the lives of crabs, whether they are climbing trees, travelling over mountains, scuttling across deserts or surviving in crushing pressure near super-heated water on deep ocean vents. From exotic tropical beaches to mosquito-infested swamps, this film gathers together examples of the most unusual and intriguing of the world's crabs

  • War Wrecks of the Coral Seas

    Exploring shipwrecks in the Solomon Islands and Truk Lagoon that have been transformed into spectacular living reefs following the destruction of World War Two. Featuring the testimony of those involved in the conflict

  • Leopard Hunters

    Cameraman Gordon Buchanan and businessman Jehan Kumara team up to film the Asiatic leopards of Yala : something which has never successfully been achieved before. Together they watch the spotted cats fighting crocodiles, encounter the fearsome sloth bear, and follow three cubs surviving the perils of growing up in the jungles of Sri Lanka

  • Hotel Heliconia

    Robert Lindsay narrates an insight into the heliconia plant, the jungle equivalent of a hotel, home to a variety of species which temporarily take up residence in its foliage. These creatures play a vital role in protecting and caring for the plant - hummingbirds help it to cross-pollinate and black bullet ants act as armed guards, repelling any unwanted visitors

  • Wild Nights

    Simon King's documentary depicting the nocturnal activities of wildlife in Somerset, focusing on a variety of animals as they emerge after dark, when their human neighbours are bedding down for the night. By adjusting his daily rhythm to match theirs, Simon is able to film deer, foxes and badgers as they play, court and forage for food

  • The Great Bears of Alaska

    Observing the habits of the brown bears of Alaska, which hibernate for six months during the winter and spend the summer gorging themselves on sedges, berries and oil-rich salmon

  • Yellowstone - America's Sacred Wilderness

    Acclaimed author and naturalist Paul Schullery teams up with cameraman Hugh Miles to explore America's Yellowstone National Park and its wildlife, including wolves, bears, bison, elk and mountain lions

  • Postcards From the Past

    Anna Grayson finds messages in rocks that help her trace the British Isles back to the South Pole, and demonstrates how the ground underfoot determines how and why humans and animals live where they do

  • Salmon : The Silver Tide

    A look at the extraordinary life cycle of the salmon, from its birth in freshwater streams to its migration to the ocean : and back again, battling against predators, waterfalls and fishermen

  • Sulawesi: An Island Bewitched

    The isolation of Indonesia's island of Sulawesi makes it a laboratory of evolution.

  • Soda Lakes of Africa
  • Monsoon

    The rains during India's monsoons fall unpredictably, skipping some areas, flooding others.

  • Monkey in the Mirror

    Some scientists conclude that simian behavior resembles human behavior.

  • Hokkaido : Garden of the Gods

    A look at Japanese wildlife as seen through the eyes of an ancient tribe. Situated off the country's northernmost coast is the remote volcanic island of Hokkaido, where brown bears, cranes and Stellers sea eagles live under the watchful gaze of the Ainu, hunter-gatherers who honour the natural world around them through ritualised dance and prayer. Narrated by John Hurt. Part of the Hidden Japan season

  • The Island of the Ghost Bear

    Jeff Turner goes in search of the white 'ghost bears' living on an allegedly uninhabited island off Canada's Pacific coast

  • Impossible Journeys
  • Forest For All Seasons
  • Serengeti Today: The Lions Lot
  • Child of the Night
  • Himalayas

    From the windswept highland valleys of Bhutan to the glacial peaks of Karakoram, this programme investigates the wide variety of Himalayan climates that are home to some of the most distinctive and varied creatures on Earth

  • The Fatal Flower

    Honor Blackman tells the strange story of the orchid, a plant once avidly collected almost to the point of extinction for its beauty. The film describes the many varieties around the world, including Costa Rican bucket orchids which employ private armies of ants to fend off predatory beetles, Thai slipper orchids able to mimic the smell of rotting meat to attract flies to pollinate them, and Mediterranean bee orchids which seduce inexperienced insects with irresistible perfumes

  • Monkey Warriors

    The monkeys of Jodhpur, India, held in great reverence by the Hindu townsfolk, squabble over territory with a troop from out of town : and finally engage in a full-scale battle to settle their dispute

  • Dangerous Australians

    Footage of the lethal wildlife which makes living in Australia a hazardous undertaking. Venomous red-back spiders inhabit garages, funnel-webs stalk houses and gardens looking for mates and divers exploring coral reefs risk attack by a range of fiercely territorial creatures vying for space in cramped conditions

  • Taiga
  • Riddle of the Sands
  • On the Path of the Reindeer
  • Africa's Forgotten Elephants

    Following film-maker Cynthia Moss in her search for the unknown elephants of Africa

  • Three Monkeys

    The tropical forests of Costa Rica play host to a fight for survival between three highly distinctive monkey species : howlers, spiders and capuchins : proving amicable co-existence is an impossible dream

  • Metropolis Wildlife of NY City
  • Year of the Jackal

    A year in the life of Tanzania's jackals as they go mushroom hunting to supplement their diet, and struggle to survive alongside the Ngorongoro Crater's lions, cheetahs, vultures and flamingos

  • Tough Ducks

    Bill Oddie sets out to prove that ducks are more than mere bread-eating pond-dwellers, suggesting they should be seen as the bird world's intrepid adventurers, thrill-seekers : and even killers. Spectacled eider ducks brave Arctic temperatures of minus 60 degrees celsius, while closer to home, feathered inhabitants of London's Barbican Centre blithely take a six-storey drop to the pond, despite being too young to fly

  • The Secret Garden

    The complex relationships which exist among wildlife inhabiting the average English garden, where danger lurks at every turn for the creatures struggling to survive and raise their young. Narrated by Patricia Routledge

  • Spirit of the Jaguar

    Central American wildlife.

  • Unsung Heroes: A Jumper Came Calling

    Chimpanzee refuge in Zambia.

  • Unsung Heroes: Keeper of the Arc

    A woman dedicates her life to caring for injured animals.

  • In Celebration of Trees

    Man's relationship with trees; the earth's atmosphere; soil erosion; animal habitats.

  • Empire of the Red Bear: Land of the White Fox

    The Russian tundra; the snowy owl; the arctic fox; reindeer herders.

  • Sperm Whales: Back from the Abyss

    Rick Rosenthal's documentary on sperm whales which are shown to be efficient hunters with a sophisticated social structure, including close family networks. Part of Whale Night

  • Animal I.Q.: Talking Sense

    Animal communication.

  • Animal I.Q.: Socially Smart

    Animal culture; animals develop ways to convey information.

  • Animal I.Q.: Naturally Clever

    Many animals use tools, take medicine and build designer homes.

  • Mirror World

    Ecologists compare life above and below the water.

  • Vampires, Devilbirds and Spirits

    Folk tales of Trinidad and Tobago feature wildlife.

  • Pandas of the Sleeping Dragon

    Bamboo forests of Sichuan, China, house unique species including pandas, golden monkeys, tufted deer and dawn redwoods.

  • Witness Was a Fly

    Dr. Zakaria Erzinclioglu discusses the role that plants and animals play in the investigation of crimes.

  • Cheetahs & Cubs

    A mother cheetah battles marauders as she rears her twin cubs.

  • Parrots, Look Who's Talking

    Tony Robinson and Jake the parrot explore wild birds of Brazil, Peru, West Africa.

  • Kea: Mountain Parrot

    The inquisitive and resourceful kea.

  • Arctic Wanderers

    Thousands of caribou migrate annually across the Arctic and search for a spot to calve.

  • Garamba

    Elephants roam Garamba National Park in Zaire.

  • Crater of the Rain God

    High walls of the Ngorongoro Crater virtually imprison its animal population.

  • Marathon Birds

    The albatross and 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.'

  • For Queen and Colony

    Bee, wasp and hornet colonies; reproduction; work division; communication.

  • A Celebration of Birds

    Roger Tory Peterson films birds of the Maine coast.

  • Madagascar -- Island of Ghosts
  • Sex on the Reef

    Sea creatures overcome obstacles to their survival.

  • Islands of the Monkey God

    Relationship between macaques and people in Bali.

  • Two in the Bush

    Joan and Alan Root photograph African wildlife.

  • Valley of the Rhino

    White rhinos are protected in a South African national park.

  • The Rains Came

    Animals living in the Tsavo plains of Kenya learn to survive alternating droughts and floods.

  • The Family That Lives With the Elephants

    British scientist Iain Douglas-Hamilton and his family adapt to Lake Manyara National Park.

  • Brush With Nature

    Bengal tigers in Nepal; sea lions; Alaskan brown bears; mountain lions.

  • Wild Heart of Africa

    Former hunter Francois d'Elbee captures wild animals for breeding and eventual release to game preserves.

  • Wild Boars

    The intelligent, omnivorous wild boar ranges widely in Europe.

  • Bahrain: Land of Life-Giving Water

    The Arabian Gulf's Bahrain is rich in resources and tradition.

  • The Fight of the Elephants

    The African elephant competes with man for territory.

  • Cowboys, Caimans & Capybaras

    Venezuelan ranchers protect animals of the Llanos.

  • Grand Teton Wilderness

    Human history's link to the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • Aliya the Asian Elephant

    A boy befriends an orphaned Asiatic elephant.

  • The Great Yellowstone Fire

    Yellowstone Park is seen before and after the 1988 fire.

  • Land of the Llamas

    Descendants of the camel, llamas are integral to South American culture.

  • Invaders of Truk Lagoon

    Sunken World War II ships become artificial reefs.

  • Sea Lovers

    Ron and Valerie Taylor study white sharks.

  • Wild Waterfalls: The Natural History of Cascades

    Observations of waterfalls reveal how their unique features create various environments.

  • Saguaro: Sentinel of the Desert

    Undisturbed the saguaro cactus can grow to 60 feet, weigh 10 tons and live 150 years.

  • Yellowstone in Winter

    Wolfgang Bayer captures the winter solitude of Yellowstone National Park.

  • America's Wild Turkey

    After nearly disappearing in the early 1900s, the wild turkey returns to its natural range.

  • Wonderful World of Dung

    Tony Robinson contrasts nature's recycling of dung and man's systems of waste disposal.

  • Together They Stand

    In dwarf mongoose society, a female runs an organized family unit of 12 to 14 members each of which has specific duties.

  • Orangutans of the Rain Forest

    Scientists studying orangutans of Borneo's rain forest spend much of their time in trees with the creatures.

  • Night Hunters

    The owl's keen night vision and noiseless plumage make it an ideal hunter.

  • The Wild Colorado

    The Colorado River supports wildlife and recreation and sculpts canyons along its path.

  • The Serpent's Embrace

    In Malaysia, serpents are sacred; elsewhere they are shunned.

  • Wild River No More

    The last wild stretch of the Colorado River harbors Canada lynx, bobcat and bighorn sheep. Anthony Hopkins narrates.

  • Island in the Air

    The Bale Mountains ecosystem is critical to staving off Ethiopian famine.

  • Emas: High Plains of Brazil

    A national park in central Brazil is known for its excellent farmland and large, extraordinary creatures.

  • Gran Paradiso

    Resource management in Italy's alpine Gran Paradiso National Park has consequences beyond the park boundaries.

  • Through Animal Eyes

    Special video techniques and camera lenses show how animals and insects see the world.

  • Hamadryas -- The Baboon of Saudi Arabia

    Hamadryas baboons have a complex social structure.

  • Strictly for the Birds

    Birds adapt to survive in varied habitats.

  • A Season in the Sun

    Animals develop unique methods to cope with East Africa's dry season.

  • Islands of the Iguana

    A Central American native, the iguana finds a home in the mangrove swamps of New Zealand.

  • Subtle As a Serpent

    Snakes repel and fascinate mankind.

  • Legend of the Lightning Bird

    Legend endows Africa's Hamerkop stork with rain-making powers.

  • Land of the Dragon

    Hong Kong wildlife thrives despite pollution.

  • Gorillas in the Midst

    Central Africa's mountain gorilla is rarest of the great apes.

  • Silent Valley

    Silent Valley is India's first protected rain forest.

  • Mojave -- Desert Song

    Development threatens the Mojave Desert.

  • Amazonia: A Burning Question

    Species disappear as farmers burn the Amazon rain forest.

  • Islands -- Splendid Isolation

    Pacific islands work evolutionary wonders on wandering species.

  • Islands -- Strangers in Paradise

    Fragile species find evolutionary refuge on islands.

  • America's Wild Horses

    Cinematographer Wolfgang Bayer compares mustangs with the settling of North America.

  • Wind of Plenty

    Humid spring winds bring the Arabian Desert to life.

  • Tepui: Islands in the Sky

    Unique species inhabit Venezuela's Tepui mountain plateaus.

  • Life Goes On in the Kalahari

    Rain returns to the Kalahari Desert after a five-year drought.

  • Daphne Sheldrick & the Orphans of Tsavo

    A ranger's wife cares for orphaned animals in Kenya.

  • Caribou: The Endless Journey

    Michael Landon follows the annual migration of caribou to the arctic tundra in summer and their return in fall.

  • Honey Harvest

    The beehive functions as a well-organized machine to produce honey.

  • Where Eagles Fly

    Golden eagles raise their young in the Highlands.

  • Peacock's War

    Former Vietnam medic Doug Peacock fights to save grizzlies.

  • Tiger, Tiger

    The tiger is a most elusive and feared big cat.

  • Great National Parks of Australia
  • Wild Horses of Australia

    Bryan Brown discusses the plight of Australian wild horses, called brumbies.

  • Wild Australia

    Australia's marsupials have unique anatomical characteristics.

  • Hunters of the Plain

    Hunters and hunted struggle in the Serengeti.

  • In Praise of Wolves

    Over 13 years naturalist Ron Lawrence films four generations of a wolf pack.

  • Creatures of the Sun

    Desert animals endure temperature extremes.

  • The Mother Who Never Dies

    New Zealand's North Island teems with wildlife and bubbles with volcanic activity.

  • Tombs Below Aruba

    Beetles emerge from the soil to begin a frantic month of adult life.

  • Mystery of Laguna Baja

    Birds accompany gray whales on their annual migration.

  • Last Roundup of the Elephant

    The Indian government allows a last Asiatic elephant roundup before banning their capture.

  • Camargue

    Farming and tourism threaten the Camargue wetlands of France.

  • Wild Dog Dingo

    Domestic interbreeding threatens the dingo.

  • Saving the Tiger

    In 1970 fewer than 2,000 Bengal tigers remain, spurring efforts to protect the species.

  • Osprey

    The osprey thrives on rainbow trout in the Highlands.

  • The Cost of High Living

    Exploring the Canadian Rockies.

  • Kaokoveld: How Can I Tell You?

    Namibians combat threats to rhino and elephant populations.

  • Ganges Gharial

    Hunting and man's expansion endanger the gharial, an exclusively fish-eating crocodile inhabiting Indian rivers.

  • The Leopard That Changed Its Spots

    A man successfully returns a leopard to the wild.

  • World of the Beaver

    Henry Fonda narrates the life story of a beaver. Filmed in the mountains of Wyoming.

  • Tree of Thorns

    The thorn tree is a vital part of the East African ecosystem.

  • Downwind/Downstream

    Metals left over from gold-mining days now pollute water supplies in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Battle of the Bison Forest

    The 15,000-year survival of the European bison is intertwined with the history of Poland's primeval Bialowieza Forest.

  • The Wonderful Kangaroo

    Australia's kangaroo population is a nuisance to farmers.

  • Wings in the Wind

    Migratory whooping and sandhill cranes.

  • Close Combat

    Some predators employ unusual methods.

  • Wetland Wilderness

    Flamingos, bulls and wild horses of Camargue.

  • Water Hole

    Animals gather at a waterhole in Namibia's Etosha National Park.

  • The Vanishing Breed

    New Guinea has a unique culture and environment.

  • Upstream, Downstream

    A journey down Wales' Wye River.

  • Tapestry of the Tropics

    Exploring a tropical reef and rain forest.

  • Tamed Sea

    A teenager explores the ocean.

  • Survival

    Sometimes, a bluff is enough to discourage a predator.

  • Summer of the European Marmots

    In May the European marmot awakens from hibernation.

  • Stranding at Crowdy Head

    In New South Wales, 30 whales beach themselves.

  • The Story of the Birds and the Invertebrates

    Birds and invertebrates evolve.

  • Bewitched by a Dolphin

    A dolphin spends a season in a Welsh harbor.

  • The Snares -- Gift of the Sea

    The remote South Pacific islands are a natural treasure.

  • Showdown at Governor's Camp

    African hunting dogs appear deceptively harmless.

  • The Sea: Origin of Life

    The course of evolution is traced.

  • Sea Animals

    The sun, moon and currents affect sea creatures.

  • River of Salmon

    The life cycle of salmon.

  • Rhino on the Run

    Poachers kill rhinos for their horns.

  • The Reef -- A Garden of Stone

    Explorers dive on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

  • Prairie War

    Survival struggles of prairie dogs and foxes.

  • Portrait of a Planet

    Pollution and industry have a devastating effect on nature.

  • Between Ice & Fire

    Elk, moose and whitetail deer.

  • The Other New Yorkers

    Creatures survive in the city.

  • Noah of the North

    Protection and study of wildlife.

  • New Zealand: Fire & Ice

    New Zealand has thermal springs and snow-capped peaks.

  • New Life

    Animals emerge from eggs, or are born alive.

  • Penguins of the Antarctic

    The struggle for survival facing Antarctica's penguins. While some rely on thick down coats and fat reserves, others migrate north for the winter or stay on volcano-heated islands. However, the creatures' ability to defy the odds is about to be put to the ultimate test as the climate in their natural habitat begins to change dramatically. Narrated by Steven Berkoff

  • Never Work With Animals

    Ups and downs mark the making a movie with animals.

  • Shadows in a Desert Sea
  • Mountain of the Sea
  • Nature's Christmas

    Christmas on the game farm.

  • Forbidden Fruit
  • Nature in Close-Up

    A cinematographer captures insects, birds and pond life.

  • A Boy Among Polar Bears

    An Inuit boy takes his first dog sled expedition across the Arctic sea ice with his father, developing the skills necessary to survive in the inhospitable climate. During their journey they encounter the native wildlife, while the youngster learns to hunt seals and narwhals and tries to avoid the attention of polar bears. Sean Pertwee and Jobie Weetalluktuk narrate

  • Moving About

    Feet, from one to hundreds, help animals move.

  • A Monarchy of Trees

    Hibernation; spring bird songs.

  • Land of the Falling Lakes

    The wildlife of Plitvice National Park in Croatia, a region made up of ancient beech forests and a network of lakes, linked by thousands of crystal-clear waterfalls. Wolves, lynx and bears roam the woodland, while rare blind salamanders and cave voles inhabit the spectacular limestone caves hidden beneath the trees

  • The Beaver: Master Builder of the Animal World

    The European beaver returns from the brink of extinction.

  • Serengeti
  • Mating Seasons

    Reproductive cycles are timed to the seasons.

  • Shark Coast

    The variety of sharks found off the southern coast of Africa, home to more than 140 species, from great whites to tiny creatures with intriguing names - pyjama, leopard cat and puff adder shy. The unique pattern of warm and cold currents allows sharks that normally live oceans apart to coexist happily. Narrated by David Attenborough. Part of the 100 Years of Wildlife Week

  • Matchbox Menagerie

    Naturalists explore gardens on Corfu, Greece.

  • Echo of the Elephants: The Final Chapter?

    Documentary following the latest chapter in the story of Echo the female elephant and her family in the Kenyan National Park of Amboseli. Scientist Cynthia Moss believes she is charting the 59-year-old matriarch's decline - until she makes a surprising discovery. Narrated by David Attenborough. Part of 100 Years of Wildlife Week

  • Marine Predators

    Sophisticated techniques make man the top ocean predator.

  • Wolves and Caribou - An Endless Dance

    The annual trek of thousands of pregnant caribou as they travel up to 3,000 miles across the icy wastes of Canada to give birth, braving arctic weather, raging torrents and packs of wolves shadowing their every move

  • Mangroves

    Flora and fauna flourish in a New Zealand mangrove swamp.

  • Swamp Cats

    The lives of swamp cats in the Okavango Delta, seen from the perspective of a lion cub as it contends with the ravages of the annual flood. As the pride hunt buffalo around the crocodile-infested marshland, the youngster must adapt quickly and learn the skills necessary for survival in the jungle

  • Living on the Edge

    Seashore life on Britain's cliffs.

  • Typhoon Island

    The island of Taiwan, renowned for its unique mixture of wildlife which suffers constantly from the ravages of typhoons, earthquakes and human encroachment. The early Portuguese explorers named it Isla Formosa, the Beautiful Isle, and its exotic species, including bears, monkeys, birds and snakes, still make it one of the marvels of nature. Narrated by Sean Pertwee

  • Living Fossils

    Lizards, salamanders, toads and turtles give clues to prehistoric creatures.

  • Life in Water

    Animals use various methods and appendages to swim.

  • The Wild Wood

    Philippa Forrester spends a year examining the wildlife of an ancient oak wood in the heart of England, finding an array of species as diverse as any habitat on Earth. Among other things, she witnesses a sparrowhawk preying on blue tits, fox cubs learning how to catch rabbits, and a buzzard searching for its ideal mate

  • Last Sanctuary

    Threatened tigers, polar bears, musk oxen and deer.

  • Hammerhead

    Profile of the hammerhead shark, which has until now been shrouded in mystery as no-one could understand why its head is such a strange shape, or how it might help the creature's survival. Marine biologists in Hawaii explain how the fish utilises the unusual shape to give it a unique, deadly weapon in the oceans. Narrated by Ian Holm

  • The Jungle

    Java's landscape includes saltwater swamp and treeless tundra.

  • Mississippi: Tales of the Last River Rat

    Author and hunter Kenny Salwey, who lives off the land and enjoys being close to nature, presents a guide to the wildlife of the Mississippi river, including beavers, snapping turtles, sturgeon, pelicans and eagles. Part of the Natural World is 25 season

  • Jam Jar Jungle

    A seemingly quiet pond teems with life.

  • Arctic Trapper

    A trapper searches for wolverine.

  • Invisible Routes

    Many European animals migrate.

  • In Search of the Hawk

    Birds of prey inhabit Canadian woodlands.

  • Inhabitants of the Jungle

    Crocodiles, bats, lizards and tigers prowl a jungle night.

  • The Dolphins of Shark Bay
  • Natural World: Wolf Pack

    Sean Pertwee narrates this documentary exploring the passions and intrigues - from families torn asunder to jealous plots and sibling rivalries - that drive members of the world's largest wolf pack, living in America's Yellowstone National Park

  • Infancy

    Animals raise their young in different ways.

  • Million Dollar Otter
  • The Last Tusker

    Documentary following the fortunes of a wild bull elephant, one of the few survivors of an endangered species in Sri Lanka. Despite a bullet wound to its head, the creature keeps together its family of females and youngsters. In contrast to the wild beast, there's an insight into life at an elephant orphanage, where animals which have clashed with people are cared for

  • If You Go Down to the Woods Today

    Europe's last large predator is the bear.

  • Chimp Cam
  • Ireland : Sculpted Isle

    Exploration of Ireland's most stunning scenery, encompassing the limestone features of the Burren and the boglands of Co Mayo. The documentary reveals that while the isle may appear to be untouched by time, its landscapes have undergone some of the most dramatic changes in the whole of Europe

  • Guardians of the Meadow

    Animals seek shelter in English hedgerows.

  • Ice Age Death Trap

    The famous tar pits of Los Angeles, huge pools of natural asphalt which have been found to contain the preserved remains of creatures dating from prehistoric times

  • The Green World

    Indonesians rely on a wide variety of native flora.

  • Cassowaries

    David Attenborough follows dramatic efforts to save endangered cassowaries after a cyclone forced dozens of the giant birds out of Australian rainforests and into towns. The film also offers an insight into their natural history

  • Five Big Cats and a Camera

    Insight into the lives of the five biggest members of the cat family that inhabit the wilds of Africa - the lion, cheetah, leopard, serval and caracal. The new series starts on Wednesday at 9pm

  • Gorge of the Rock Kangaroos

    Rock kangaroos dwell in a central Australian gorge.

  • Amber - Nature's Time Machine

    David Attenborough shares his passion for amber, and with the help of biologist Elzbieta Sontag traces the piece of fossilised resin which sparked his fascination back to its origins in Poland. He also investigates the claim that insects encased in amber might contain dinosaur DNA : a theory memorably realised by his actor brother Richard's character in the film Jurassic Park

  • The Last Grizzly

    Film-maker Jeff Turner, who grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Canada, returns to his childhood home to discover whether grizzly bears can still be found in the region. Over the course of a year, he catches sight of many of British Columbia's many wild inhabitants, including black bears, ospreys, coyotes and mule deer, but his true target remains elusive

  • Naabi - African Princess

    Unlike their common scavenger counterparts, the hyenas of Tanzania's plains are skilled pack hunters who often fall victim to the predations of larger carnivores. This documentary follows the fortunes of cub Naabi, who is forced to leave the safety of the clan after her mother is killed by lions. Aicha Kossoko narrates

  • Giants of the North

    Buffalo herds rebuild; walrus.

  • Elephant Diaries

    Baby elephants care for by their human mothers.

  • A Moose Called Madeline

    Richard E Grant narrates this documentary following a female moose and its calf Madeline in the dangerous Canadian wilderness. The youngster must overcome wolves, swarms of biting flies and the freezing weather if it is to survive into adulthood

  • Arctic Oasis

    High Arctic grizzlies and caribou.

  • The Big Sky Bears

    A black bear raises her two cubs in Montana's Rocky Mountains. The forest appears to be an idyllic playground, but the mother has to teach the pair to fend for themselves if they are to survive the summer. They slowly learn how to find food, but must also be able to climb trees to avoid predators

  • The Eagle Has Landed

    Bill Oddie narrates this insight into Britain's birds of prey, explaining how ospreys, red kites and sea eagles have been brought back from the brink of extinction, and why, after 100 years' absence, they may even reclaim the skies of southern England

  • Giant Grizzly

    Search for the legendary grizzly.

  • A Tiger called Broken Tail

    Colin Stafford-Johnson tells the story of how Broken Tail, a male tiger cub from Ranthambore National Park in India, fled the safety of the reserve and survived for nearly a year in the unprotected badlands of rural Rajasthan. Tracking the runaway feline through the wild, and piecing together his final days, he reveals how Broken Tail's fate uncovers the stark truth about the subcontinent's last remaining wild tigers

  • Britain's Natural World: Wye - Voices from the Valley

    The last programme in the series documenting wildlife from around the world celebrates British countryside at its best. Cameras follow the work of a cider-maker, salmon fisherman, sheep farmer and beekeeper from the Wye Valley, who all rely on the natural cycles that vary from season to season. Last in series

  • Stalking the Jaguar

    Big cat specialists Owen Newman and Amanda Barrett head for Brazil's Pantanal, the world's biggest wetland, to film jaguars in their natural habitat. Equipped with amphibious buggies, they venture deep into the wilderness, where the predators feast on caiman, peccaries, capybara and cattle. As the cameras begin to reveal their behaviour, the film-makers wonder who is stalking whom

  • Gentle Jaws of the Serengeti

    Serengeti hyenas defend and care for their pups.

  • Wild Women of Viramba

    Insight into the social life of a troop of yellow baboons in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania, and the work of biologist Holly Carroll, who followed their progress for one year. The animals follow a strict hierarchical structure - with a female called Kitovu at the top of the pile and a baby called Kibeti at the bottom

  • Freedom of the Skies

    Flying creatures are adapted to life on the wing.

  • Rainforests for the Future

    The state of Gabon in Africa, located in a region that is renown for human suffering, poverty and civil war, is developing a stable democracy devoted to preserving its land and protecting local wildlife. With 10 per cent of the country's rainforest safeguarded as national park, it provides a secure environment for a range of animals including elephants, gorillas, chimps and mandrills

  • First Flight

    Recreating dramatic moments in flight from the past 100 years, using the latest film and computer technology, showing how nature came up with spectacular solutions to the same problems faced by such aviators as the Wright Brothers

  • Desert Lions

    Prides of lions that inhabit the remote quarters of the Namib Desert - one million square miles of arid wasteland in Africa - among poor farming families desperate to protect their livestock. The programme explores this small population of big cats and attempts to unlock the secrets of how they manage to survive, considering how a balance could be achieved that would allow the area's human and animal occupants to prosper

  • The First Link

    Rich vegetation supports wildlife in the Spanish countryside.

  • An Unexpected Wilderness

    Award-winning writer Robert MacFarlane spends a year travelling around Essex to discover the variety of landscapes and wildlife in the county. During his journey he visits desolate beaches and wild woods, sees huge flocks of red knot over the Thames, and encounters an array of animals including peregrine falcons, water voles, deer, barn owls and seals

  • Australia: Taking the Heat

    An insight into the remarkable wildlife in Australia, the hottest and driest continent on Earth - once a wet territory covered in lush rainforest. The animals' survival is attributed to their strangely adapted bodies, bizarre behaviour and sheer cunning. Red kangaroos are forced to keep on the move, while frogs can lie dormant for seven years and koalas must sleep for 20 hours a day

  • Five Owl Farm

    A visit to the Yorkshire farm that is home to all five species of British owl living side by side. Narrated by Robert Hardy

  • Feast of Grass

    A photo safari on Africa's Umfolzi Game Reserve.

  • Saving Our Seabirds

    Bird expert Roy Dennis explores why Britain's famous colonies of puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes and skuas are fast-depleting due to a failure to breed. He travels to the Welsh island of Skomer and the Shetland islands and uncovers concerning evidence that the warming seas are causing food sources to die out, and investigates how the birds are adapting to survive

  • Wild Harvest

    The recovery of British wildlife following decades of serious decline. The adoption of organic farming and a new system of subsidies have seen the return of species previously dwindling, such as the lapwing, skylark, dormouse and barn owl. Last in series

  • Prairie Dogs: Talking Their Language

    Documentary following the experiments carried out in America by Professor Con Slobodchikoff, who has recorded and analysed the phonetic patterns used by prairie dogs to communicate with each other. After spending 30 years studying the creatures, he thinks he has discovered a language second only to human speech in its complexity, which they utter to make other members of their community aware of impending danger from predators. Rob Brydon narrates

  • Spacechimp

    In January 1961, Nasa launched its first 'manned' flight, but the sole passenger wasn't human - it was a four-year-old chimpanzee named Ham, which went on to become the first animal to survive a trip into space. Using dramatic reconstruction and archive footage, this documentary tells the unlikely astronaut's story from the perspective of the handlers who devoted two years to training him

  • Monkey Prince

    Cameras follow a monkey which became an outcast after its father was killed by a rival and discover whether the youngster can reclaim its rightful place in the primate kingdom

  • Expedition to the Animal Kingdom

    New zoos provide natural habitats for animals.

  • Chimp TV

    Documentary following a research project at Edinburgh Zoo aimed at providing chimpanzees with the training necessary to shoot a film. Chimp specialist Betsy Herrelko tries to communicate with the primates using video technology, as they are given cameras and taught how to use them. The filmed results can be seen at the end of the programme. Stuart McQuarrie narrates

  • A Farm for the Future

    Wildlife film-maker Rebecca Hosking returns to her family's farm in Devon, intending to take over the work when her father retires. Alarmed by high fuel prices, she learns how dependent the UK's food production is on cheap fossil fuels and sets out to explore ways to use natural power and create a low-energy farm for the future

  • Flying with Condors

    The story of a British hang-glider expedition attempting to fly with condors in the Patagonian Andes. World champion flier Judy Leden is determined to study nature's most accomplished glider from the air. However, broken bones, bad weather and crashes add to the already perilous conditions in the cold mountain air. Narrated by Sean Pertwee

  • Cats Under the Serengeti Stars
  • Dune

    Brian Cox narrates a spectacular 10,000-year journey, using thermal, time-lapse and natural history imagery. It tells the story of the sweeping sands of Africa's Namib desert, including how different dune formations are created and the influence their movement has on animals and plants

  • Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean

    Documentary capturing the spectacular wildlife of Cuba. The natural paradise is home to the world's smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, native crocodiles, swarms of purple land crabs, sea turtles and giant iguanas. Until recently it was impossible to get permission to film, but now, for the first time, the habitat can be revealed in all its splendour

  • End of the Game

    Wildlife exhibits social behaviors.

  • The Hidden Highlands

    The wildlife of the Highlands, seen through the eyes of Fergus Beeley, who spent a year at Loch Maree and the surrounding hills. He follows the fortunes of rare black-throated divers and white-tailed sea eagles, and films the red deer and salmon whose lives revolve around the loch

  • Black Mambas: A Deadly Problem

    As summer arrives in the African kingdom of Swaziland, so does the fearsome black mamba, whose bite in a country with limited health care and no anti-venom may be fatal. This programme follows the work of hotel manager Thea Litschka-Koen and her husband Clifton, who are on call 24 hours a day to help locals remove the snakes when they appear. The couple have set up a scientific project to track the black mambas after they are released back into the wild and learn how they spend their lives. Narrated by Lenny Henry

  • Invasion of the Crocodiles

    Australia's Northwest Territories are experiencing an alarming resurgence in the population of saltwater crocodiles, with more than 300 having to be removed from Darwin harbour in 2006. Attacks on humans are increasing every year and thousands of cattle have been slaughtered. Biologist Adam Britton investigates the mysterious spread of the aquatic reptiles, trying to find a humane solution before the locals' demands for a cull are satisfied

  • The Invisible Leopard

    Documentary exploring the lives of leopardesses and their cubs in East Africa. While other big cats such as tigers, cheetahs and lions struggle to survive, leopards thrive across half the world and even manage to live undercover in farms and cities in Africa and Asia. Jonathan Scott narrates

  • Tigers of the Emerald Forest

    Scientist Raghu Chundawat's intimate, eight-year-long study of the behaviour of tigers in the Emerald Forest, revealing the intense battles between the males to rule the territory

  • The Falls of Iguacu

    The wildlife around South America's Falls of Iguacu on the border between Brazil and Argentina, including great dusky swifts, coatis, caimans, snail kites and jaguars. The programme also meets the people determined to save the area's species from extinction by poaching and the erosion of their natural habitat

  • The Dolphin Touch

    A school of dolphins befriends caretakers of an Australian trailer park.

  • Hawaii - Message in the Waves

    Exploring efforts by conservationists and scientists to protect wildlife including turtles, dolphins and monk seals in Hawaii's surf zone, as its marine animals face a growing threat from washed-up plastic. This comes on top of creatures having to cope with an increasing number of visitors to beaches. With a contribution by Hawaii-born musician Jack Johnson

  • The Monkey-Eating Eagle of the Orinoco

    Wildlife film-maker Fergus Beeley travels to the remote Orinoco rainforest of Venezuela to follow the progress of an elusive harpy eagle from birth to adulthood. Renowned as one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world, it is able to pluck monkeys from the branches of the jungle canopy

  • Return of the Eagle Owl

    Roy Dennis investigates the remarkable comeback of the eagle owl. From strongholds in the wilds of Scandinavia, the fearsome predators are spreading rapidly across the continent and have now reached the shores of the English Channel. Their future in the British countryside is assessed as the controversy over their imminent invasion rages

  • Africa's Dragon Mountain

    A portrait of the wildlife living on the Dragon Mountains in South Africa, charting the fortunes of baboons, vultures and jackals as they survive on the slopes. Facing constant challenges from birth, the eland antelope climb high to find food, but must avoid wildfires, freezing rain and starvation along the way

  • The Bear Man of Kamchatka

    The work of Canadian grizzly bear expert Charlie Russell, who aims to raise orphaned cubs in the wilds of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula. He takes the bears to his cabin and teaches them about finding food and avoiding predators. However, the cubs often return to his home, eager to be reunited with the only family they have known

  • Buddha, Bees and the Giant Hornet Queen

    The world of the deadly giant Japanese hornet, following one queen as she builds her colony in a temple garden. The aggressive and dominant insects terrorise the peaceful mountain valley in search of food, and a local monk recounts how the powerful creatures annihilate thousands of bees every year. Geraldine James narrates. Part of the Hidden Japan season

  • Lion: Out of Africa?

    Insight into the plight of Africa's lions, which are being increasingly hunted and killed because they have begun preying on cattle rather than wildebeest. Expert Jonathan Scott proposes ways to keep the big cat population safe, with the help of a Masai entrepreneur and a South African vet who is developing a sperm bank for lions. Narrated by Colin Salmon

  • Moon Power

    The moon is believed to have orbited Earth for four billion years, and has a powerful influence on life on the planet. This documentary reveals how it affects everything from the tides to human and animal behaviour

  • The King Cobra and I

    Documentary charting Rom Whitaker's mission to set up the first king cobra sanctuary. The reptile is the world's largest venomous snake, but its numbers are dwindling. This has prompted Rom's plan to use his captive kings Elvis and Priscilla to breed babies to release back into the Indian jungle

  • A Dolphin's Story

    A captured bottle-nose dolphin is taken to Marineland in New Zealand.

  • The Himalayas

    Examining how wild animals cope with mountain life in the Himalayas, from monkeys, wolves and bears to foxes, snow leopards and pheasants, discovering that the region's difficulties have given many creatures remarkable strength. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • The Himalayas

    Examining how wild animals, including monkeys, wolves, bears, foxes and pheasants, cope with mountain life in the Himalayas. The programme discovers that the region's difficulties have given many creatures remarkable strength. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Moose on the Loose

    Two wildlife biologists undertake an unprecedented experiment in Anchorage, Alaska, when they decide its 250,000 residents are going to share their parks and gardens with more than 200 bears, 1,000 moose and several packs of wolves. As the scientists struggle to keep the peace between man and beast, it becomes apparent that the co-existence is volatile, and the potential for tragedy is great

  • Desert Wolves of India

    Wolf expert Yadvendradev Jhala spends a year in the Kutch desert of India, studying the behaviour of the region's wolves as they seek out food for their cubs. Despite being persecuted by local herdsmen, the animals manage to survive - and even thrive - in the harsh conditions

  • White Shark, Red Triangle

    A natural contest between the biggest and most ferocious predatory fish : the great white shark : and the world's largest seal : the elephant seal : that takes place annually in an area off the California coast known as 'the red triangle'

  • Destruction

    Evolution supplies animals with built-in defenses.

  • The Queen of Trees

    Documentary charting the relationship between the African sycamore fig tree and the fig wasp. Neither could exist without the other, and in turn they support hundreds of species, from ants to elephants. The film offers an insight into the roles they play in the cycle of birth, reproduction and death. Part of the Natural World is 25 season

  • Queen of the Mantas

    Marine biologist Andrea Marshall provides an insight into the life and behaviour of manta rays off the coast of Mozambique. She carries out investigations to shed light on these little-known creatures that grow up to seven metres long and are considered one of the most intelligent inhabitants of the ocean. Her underwater photography studies reveal their curious nature, ritual courtship dances and the existence of a giant new species. Alisdair Simpson narrates

  • Battle to Save the Tiger

    David Attenborough reports on the problems facing the Indian tiger, and how special reserves set up to preserve the species have become a popular target for poachers, with officials turning a blind eye to their activities. Scientist-turned-whistleblower Raghu Chundawat discusses how he faced criminal charges when he tried to expose the problem, and considers what can be done to save the species from extinction

  • Norfolk Broads: The Rise and Fall of a Great Swamp

    The wildlife of the area surrounding the Norfolk Broads, home to a wide variety of birds, including thriving populations of avocets, marsh harriers and cranes

  • Swamp Hogs

    Insight into the dangers faced by a family of capybaras, or swamp hogs, in Venezuelan cattle-ranch country, as they show an unexpectedly resourceful side to their character in the face of severe drought and attacks from jaguars and giant anacondas. Narrated by Stephen Fry

  • Elephant Cave

    Beneath the forested flanks of an extinct volcano lies a cave with a mysterious secret. Kitum Cave on the slopes of Mt Elgon in Kenya is the only place on earth where elephants regularly venture deep underground. Driven by cravings for salt, these elephants are forced to make the dangerous venture into the cave. Humans have been drawn to Kitum Cave over thousand of years, originally to harvest salt, but more recently to slaughter elephants, leading to local rangers Daniel and Mike being assigned to protect the survivors

  • Crystal Water

    Florida's Karsh Springs boast clear water.

  • Kangaroo Dundee

    Part two of two. Brolga continues to raise the three joeys he rescued in his one-room tin shack in the Outback. He is hoping to return the kangaroos to the wild, but one of them is seriously ill and there are other dangers to deal with in the harsh Australian desert. Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

  • Eagle Island

    Cameraman Gordon Buchanan returns to his native island of Mull to film the spectacular wildlife inhabiting this stretch of Scottish coastline. Sea eagles, otters, seals, dolphins, whales and sharks are among the many species that have made the Hebridean haven their home

  • Toki's Tale

    Simon King tells the story of Toki, an orphaned cheetah cub he helped to raise, whose new life in the wild he continues to document. His unique relationship with the animal enables him to delve deep into its world, experiencing the exhilarating and often dangerous life of the high-speed predator

  • Cheetahs: Fast Track to Freedom

    Simon King spends a two-year period raising two cheetah cubs orphaned after a lion's fatal attack on their mother. The animals increase their spells away as they develop hunting skills, and encounter the real dangers of the African Bush for the first time

  • Lost Crocodiles of the Pharaohs

    Sean Pertwee narrates as Tara Shine travels to the Sahara to learn more about the crocodiles which have made their home in transitory oases. The reptiles were once common in ancient Egypt, where they were kept in special temples and hand-fed by priests

  • The Last Lions of India

    An insight into the increase of Asiatic lions in India. These animals, which are different in appearance and behaviour to their African relatives and once roamed Europe, are now thriving in Gujurat, to the extent of colonising new habitats outside of the protected national parks

  • The Millennium Oak

    Documentary charting 1,000 years in the life of an English oak, which would have existed from before the Norman Conquest, during the Black Death, Civil War and Industrial Revolution right through to the present day. Narrated by Tom Baker

  • Big Red Roos

    A red kangaroo mother and baby belong to one of the hardiest species of animal athletes - but as this documentary shows, even they must battle to survive in the vast and inhospitable Australian Outback. The daunting challenges posed by the landscape are dramatically depicted over the course of a year in the kangaroos' lives

  • Amazon Super River

    Satellite graphics and aerial photography give an insight into the amazing Amazon river, which splits a continent in half, contains a fifth of all river water on the planet and each year floods an area bigger than England. The film traces its humble beginnings high up in the Andes, from where it meanders more than 6,000km to the other side of South America and meets the Atlantic

  • Animal Attraction

    David Attenborough narrates the charming and fascinating story of some real-life animal romantics

  • Bower Birds : The Art of Seduction

    The behaviour of the bower bird, one of the animal kingdom's more unscrupulous members, which flaunts its wealth and steals what it needs to woo the opposite sex. David Attenborough examines the complex and decorative nests built by the males in order to attract females

  • Africa's Desert Garden

    The wildlife and landscape of the Namaqualand desert in south-west Africa, the world's most spectacular natural garden famous for its flowering plants. A few centimetres of rain or coastal fog is enough to trigger blooming in the area, making it one of the world's most colourful places. Alan Titchmarsh narrates

  • Wild Europe - Ice Ages

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • The Wolf's Return

    Documentary reporting on an ambitious plan to reintroduce wild wolves into America's Yellowstone National Park. The animals were virtually hunted out of existence 100 years ago and this film follows one pack as they attempt to re-establish themselves in the famous mountain wilderness

  • Wild Mothers and Babies

    Documentary following newborn animals' first few days with their mothers, when bonds are forged and lessons are learned. Revealing the lives of baby lions, lemurs, hippopotamuses and elephants, and their fight for survival

  • Bear Man of Kamchatka
  • Camels Down Under

    The story of a camel growing up in the Australian Outback, following his battle against dingos, droughts, ferocious storms and even other camels who could prevent him becoming leader of the herd

  • Bear Whisperer

    Cameraman Gavin Thurston accompanies modern-day Dr Dolittle Buck Wylde, an individual who risks life and limb by communicating with bears, armed only with his softly spoken voice and a black plastic bag to ward them off if necessary and calm them down during emergencies. The intrepid naturalist must trust his knowledge of the grizzly animal's behaviour. The island of Unimak in Alaska is truly remote with extreme weather conditions, rarely visited by humans, and the pair generate much interest among the resident animals on their arrival - sometimes too much

  • Wild Indonesia : Underwater Wonderland: Part Two

    Part two. Insight into the myriad of wildlife supported by Indonesia's coral reefs, from giant sperm whales to pygmy seahorses, revealing how the various species co-exist with the local Bajan people, who live in villages built on stilts. Narrated by John Lynch

  • Beetlemania

    Built like a tank, capable of flight, unique in variations of size, form and colour, and a master of chemical warfare. The beetle is one of the most intriguing and adaptable creatures on earth : and as this film shows, its study is proving invaluable in the development of new medicines

  • Buffalo : The African Boss

    A visit to Tanzania's Lake Manyara National Park provides a unique look at the social habits of one of Africa's most feared large animals, the buffalo. Despite their savage reputation, the creatures are loyal and caring, often risking their own lives to save other members of the herd

  • At the Edge of the Sea

    The rich and varied wildlife of the Vancouver Island coast, where dolphins, eagles and sealions feast on the massive herring shoals which return annually to spawn, and black bears and mink raid the low-tide rock pools for giant starfish, clams and crabs.

  • Cheeky Monkey

    Report on vervet monkeys in Durban, South Africa, which are responsible for a new crime wave. They seem prepared to do almost anything for a meal, resorting to smash and grab, and even breaking and entering - and few security measures can keep them out

  • Coyote : The Ultimate Survivor?

    Film-maker Bob Landis ventures into Yellowstone Park to study the coyote, forced into hiding by governments prepared to spend millions every year to eradicate the species as a pest. From his carefully concealed hiding-place he discovers a tenacious breed of killers and scavengers which interact with other creatures, and have been revered by Native Americans for their cunning

  • Seychelles : Jewels of a Lost Continent

    The Seychelle Islands, known for their long stretches of white sand, also provide a home to unusual flora and fauna, including the coco de mer, a tree with the world's largest seeds, giant tortoises inhabiting an ancient volcano and living carpets of silver lizards. This film features contributions from experts who believe these exotic species are evidence that the islands were once part of a primeval super-continent

  • Otters in the Stream of Life

    A year in the life of a mother otter and her cubs as they struggle to survive the wild storms of a typical Scottish winter. John and Mary-Lou Aitchison filmed the family from the window of their home on the west coast, where the warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift flow from the Caribbean to provide an ideal environment for the creatures

  • India's Deadliest Snakes

    Romulus Whitaker, a snake expert with more than 40 years of field experience, sets out to discover the truth behind a reported rise in snake-bites in India, which may have caused more human deaths than the official statistics suggest. He investigates some of the subcontinent's deadliest reptiles, including the king cobra and sawscaled viper, and explores the natural history that has led to this epidemic

  • The Invisible Leopard

    Monkeys form noisy gangs to protect themselves from nearby leopards, informing each other using a complex communication language developed from basic alarm calls

  • Operation Pygmy Hippo

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • On the Trail of Tarka

    Film-maker Charlie Hamilton-James follows in Henry Williamson's footsteps as he monitors a family of otters in the River Torridge in Devon, comparing his intimate footage with the author's descriptions of the animals in Tarka the Otter. Philippa Forrester narrates

  • The Incredible Suckers

    David Attenborough narrates an insight into the array of creatures lurking on the sea bed. American biologist Mike DeGruy has a brief and dangerous encounter with strange living fossil the nautilus, but has more success in getting camera footage of octupuses, squid and cuttlefish

  • In the Company of Bears

    Insight into Canada's black bears, mountain-dwelling creatures which have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with the local human population comprising skiers and snow-boarders

  • Highgrove : A Prince's Legacy

    David Attenborough narrates this documentary charting a year in the running of Highgrove, home to the Prince of Wales, who takes an active part in the management of the organic garden and estate. Prince Charles is seen monitoring the garden's upkeep, working on the land, planting a new woodland area for the spring and hedge-laying in winter

  • Satoyama Japan's Secret Watergarden

    David Attenborough narrates an exploration of the idyllic surroundings of Satoyama, in Japan, which follows an 83-year-old fisherman who reveals the natural beauty of the region. The landscape boasts lakes and rivers that are home to a variety of fish, water birds, snakes and dragonflies. Part of Hidden Japan season

  • Rhinos : Built to Last?

    Examination of the rhino, whose size, power and weapons have intrigued humans for thousands of years. Fourteenth-century Hindu princes recruited the massive animal into their armies to frighten and flatten the enemy, and Masai warriors tested their courage by pitting their wits against the black rhino. More recently, the creature has fallen prey to hunters, and between 1970 and 1990, 80 per cent of wild specimens were killed for their horns : has the rhino got what it takes to fight back?

  • Honey Hunting in Nepal

    In Nepal, an ancient tribe of bee-keepers has preserved a tradition of scaling a sheer cliff face swarming with millions of giant killer bees to obtain a rare type of honey. In this one-off documentary, farmer Jimmy Doherty risks life and limb to join these 'honey hunters' on their dangerous mission, as he travels the world to get a better understanding of the variety of flavours

  • Portillo Goes Wild in Spain

    Michael Portillo embarks on a journey to discover the wilder side of his Spanish heritage. From the mountains of the Pyrenees to the Straits of Gibraltar, he finds a land of striking natural contrasts supporting more varied wildlife than anywhere else in Europe

  • Ireland - The Emerald Isle

    The indigenous vegetation and wildlife of Ireland, long known as the Emerald Isle for its lush greenery and natural wonders

  • Nightstalkers

    Rats, mice, cockroaches, flies, skunks, raccoons, foxes and even alligators all appear in this cat's-eye view of the urban nightlife to be found in the southern United States

  • The Lost Elephants of Timbuktu

    Anne Orlando heads for the fabled city of Timbuktu to follow a herd of elephants as they undertake their annual 1,000-mile journey through the sands of the Sahara, totally cut off from other African elephants. The search for water drives the lumbering creatures onward to temporary watering holes, following an incredibly intricate mental map. David Attenborough narrates

  • Midway : Island of Life

    Wildlife of the tiny Pacific island of Midway, a former US military base which now provides a haven for seals, turtles and more than two million birds, as well as the sharks, dolphins and eagle rays in the surrounding waters

  • The Lost Lands of Scilly

    A journey to the Isles of Scilly off Land's End, which is home to Britain's biggest predator, the grey Atlantic seal, as well as colonies of raucous roosting seabirds

  • Madagascar: Land of the Lemurs

    Documentary investigating Madagascar's population of lemurs, which thrive on an island that is a treasure-trove of wildlife and home to some unforgettable animals

  • Manu: Amazon Paradise

    The forest-dwelling creatures of the Amazon region of Manu, a treasure-trove of rare species, from jaguars and giant otters : which have earned a reputation for ferocity : to sloths and 13 different types of monkey. Narrated by Ian Holm

  • Legends of the Deep: Deep Sea Sharks

    Natural history film following a team of scientists as they research the lives of sharks inhabiting the deep waters around Japan, including prehistoric 'living fossil' species such as goblin, frilled and the bluntnose sixgill. As part of the research, a sperm whale carcass was placed at the bottom of the sea to attract sharks, which were then studied and observed by submersible vessels. Narrated by David Attenborough

  • Moose in the Glen

    Multi-millionaire landowner Paul Lister's plan to turn his 23,000-acre estate north of Inverness into Europe's first wilderness reserve, reinstating Caledonian pine forests and releasing animals including moose, wild boar and brown bears. However, foot and mouth, red tape and local opposition conspire to thwart his dream

  • Nature's Vampires

    The lifestyles of the world's most fascinating external parasites and accounts from travellers and tourists who fell victim to animals that suck human blood, often leaving more than just a bite mark as a calling card

  • Killer Bees and Magic Trees

    Scientist Gerald Kastberger's daring mission to study India's deadly and mysterious giant honey-bee, one of the world's most aggressive insects which locals fear as much as the tiger. Having suffered attacks on many occasions, he returns to investigate why the bees are heading for particular trees 100 miles away from home

  • Killer Whales of Monterey Bay

    Underwater film-makers Paul and Gracie Atkins take a journey into the world of the fierce and nomadic killer whales of Monterey Bay : hunters capable of tackling prey as big as a grey whale : and discover a secret which may threaten the mammal's survival

  • Killer Whales : Up Close and Personal

    The intimate lives of a family of killer whales that hunt elephant seals and penguins off the storm-blasted Crozet Islands of Antarctica. French scientists study younger members of the group as they learn the complicated techniques involved in catching prey

  • The Last Crocodiles of the Pharoahs

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • Saving the Panda

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the conservation organisation WWF, an exploration of the work of the Chengdu research centre in China's Sichuan province as staff try to conserve giant pandas and take the radical step of reintroducing them into the wild

  • Gorillas : On the Trail of King Kong

    Film-maker Gavin Thurston treks deep into the Congo rainforest on the trail of lowland gorillas, the creatures that inspired the story of King Kong, in an attempt to dispel the myth behind their image as ferocious beasts. With the benefit of 20 years' experience, he reveals the dangers involved in studying wildlife in its natural environment, but is rewarded with his first glimpse of a silverback gorilla in the wild

  • Timeless Thames

    A journey along the Thames from the Cotswold Hills to the North Sea, concentrating on the lives of the water voles, swans and eels that call it home, and highlighting the escalating battle to control the waterways despite technological advances in flood management. As London continues to sink faster than Venice, the untamed nature of the river is revealed

  • Toadskin Spell

    How frogs and toads use their unique amphibian skin to survive in a variety of environments. Plus, an insight into the way their biology has been adapted for use by humans

  • Time Machine

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • The Tiger's Tale

    Insight into the daily lives of a family of Bengal tigers inhabiting the Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Sita's newborn cubs find their feet in the jungle, learning how to clean and feed themselves, while adolescent Bachi seeks a mate. Narrated by Meera Syal

  • Dragons of the Galapagos

    The life of the Galapagos Islands' land iguanas, which migrate up the steep slopes of the active volcano Fernandina to lay their eggs in its steaming core, and the marine-dwelling variety that lives on the shores

  • Deadly Vipers

    Predators with the largest fangs of any snake and venom containing up to 50 deadly ingredients, vipers kill more people than any other animal. But now that medical science is beginning to discover the healing power of natural poisons, could this lethal reptile turn out to be a boon for mankind?

  • Top Bat

    Rebecca Hosking presents an insight into the world of vampire bats, observing them in their natural habitat. She reveals that despite their dark reputation, they possess amazing abilities, including seeing in the dark and echo-location - technology which could benefit humans with impaired vision

  • Crocodile Blues

    Teetering dangerously on the brink of extinction, the Indian gharial is the world's oldest species of crocodile. Last winter, the river-dwelling reptiles suffered a devastating and mysterious malaise, severely reducing the population of the already endangered species. Animal expert Rom Whitaker tries to get to the bottom of the gharial's rapid decline in numbers, investigating captive breeding schemes and observing the creature's behaviour in the wild

  • Uakari: Secrets of the English Monkey

    Biologist Mark Bowler visits the flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon in a quest to understand the lives of one of the world's rarest and most mysterious primates - the red-faced uakari monkey. Known as English monkeys to the locals, due to their resemblance to sunburnt visitors, the animals have not previously been filmed in the wild. Narrated by Jeremy Northam

  • Treasure Islands

    The diverse wildlife of the Channel Islands, whose inhabitants include puffins, gannets and green lizards, while the surrounding waters hold seahorses and basking sharks

  • Transylvania : Living With Predators

    The difficult and danger-fraught relationship that exists between bears, wolves and humans in Transylvania's forests and mountains, where shepherds have to be constantly vigilant to protect their flocks from predators

  • Danube Delta

    Exploring Europe's secret wilderness, the Danube delta. Lying mostly in Romania, the wetlands comprise the largest area of reeds in the world, where half a million wild geese and the largest population of pelicans outside Africa survive along with spoonbills and glossy ibis, despite the best efforts of the former communist regime to destroy this habitat

  • The Temple Troop

    Remarkable film following an eventful year in the life of an unruly troop of macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka's ruined city of Polonnaruwa, tracing the audacity, resourcefulness and sheer animal cunning that enables them to outwit forest prey and engage in commando-style raids on neighbouring villages. Narrated by Roshan Seth

  • Super Powered Owls: Natural World

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • Flying Home

    John Peel narrates a documentary about a team of scientists and three microlite pilots who try to help 10 whooping cranes, one of the world's most endangered birds. The film follows their year-long efforts : from raising the birds to teaching them how to fly : in the hope that they will complete a perilous journey along the length of America to prolong the future of the species

  • Simon

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • The Gauntlet

    Thousands of zebra, wildebeest and gazelles run the gauntlet of crocodiles and lions as their migration route takes them through a hazardous crossing on Kenya's Mara river

  • Secret Gorillas of Mondika

    Primatologist Charlotte Uhlenbroek visits the Dzanga-Ndoki National Park to meet a family of gorillas, hoping they will come to accept her as one of their own. She investigates the many threats they face in the wild and reveals their constant struggle to survive

  • Seals : Invaders of the Sea

    State-of-the-art underwater equipment explores the secret life of the seal, revealing a sophisticated creature with strong survival instincts

  • Fire and Ice : An Icelandic Saga

    Documentary footage of the volcanic fires of Iceland and the creatures that make their home amid this seemingly inhospitable terrain. The film was shot during the country's most dramatic eruption in years, in which a huge volcano exploded under the icecap, melting billions of tonnes of ice

  • Sisters of the Snow

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • Elephants of the Sand River

    Beneath the forested flanks of an extinct volcano lies a cave with a mysterious secret. Kitum Cave on the slopes of Mt Elgon in Kenya is the only place on earth where elephants venture deep underground. They are forced to make the dangerous journey into the cave because of their craving for salt. Humans have been drawn to Kitum Cave for thousands of years, originally to harvest salt, but more recently to slaughter elephants, leading to local rangers Daniel and Mike being assigned to protect the survivors

  • Elephants - The Long Walk Home

    Documentary telling the story of one man's dream to bring freedom to more than 100,000 African elephants

  • Elephants - The Long Walk Home

    Natural history film documenting the habits of wildlife species from all over the world

  • Everglades : To Hell and Back

    Insight into wildlife of the Everglades, a tropical water world where reptiles like the alligator still rule. However, its location right next to Miami, America's fastest growing city, makes it extremely vulnerable

  • Crater : Africa's Predator Paradise

    Award-winning film-maker Owen Newman's account of predators struggling to survive in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, revealing how an unexpected attack could spell disaster for the lions, hyenas and jackals living there. Narrated by John Hannah

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