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To Fly or Not to Fly

   1998    Nature
The first episode looks at how birds first took to the skies in the wake of the insects. It begins in Mexico, where Sir Attenborough observes bats being outmanoeuvred by a red-tailed hawk. Pterosaurs were the birds' forerunners, some 150 million years after dragonflies developed the means of flight, but eventually went extinct together with the dinosaurs. Birds had by then already evolved from early forms like archaeopteryx, the first creature to possess feathers. Its ancestry can be traced through reptiles, and some current species, such as the flying lizard, possibly show paths this evolution may have taken." One of the biggest birds to have ever existed was the terror bird, which proliferated after dinosaurs vanished and stood up to 2.5 metres tall. By comparison, the ostrich, while not closely related, is the largest and heaviest living bird. It was probably the evasion of predators that drove most birds into the air, so their flightless cousins evolved because they had few enemies. Accordingly, such species are more likely to be found on islands, and Sir Attenborough visits New Zealand to observe its great variety, most especially the kiwi. Also depicted is the moa, another huge creature that is now gone. The takahē is extremely rare, and high in the mountains of New Zealand, Sir Attenborough discovers one from a population of only 40 pairs. Finally, another example on the brink of extinction is the kakapo, which at one point numbered only 61 individuals. A male is heard calling — an immensely amplified deep note that can be heard at great distances from its nest.
Series: The Life of Birds

Sabre Tooth

Back one million years ago, South America was a continent of exotic oversized creatures found nowhere else on Earth - huge terror birds, giant ground sloths and spiky-tailed relatives of the armadillo as big as cars. The deadliest animal of them all was smilodon, the largest of the sabre-tooth cats, with canines like carving knives. The programme follows the fortunes of an individual male, Half Tooth. Ousted from his clan by a pair of rival males, his life suddenly becomes a struggle to survive in this alien world.
Series: Walking with Prehistoric Beast

The Rules of Life

   2023    Science
The series ‘Life on Our Planet’ brought to life by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Morgan Freeman, unfolds the remarkable and epic four-billion-year journey of life on Earth. Its captivating narrative explores the continuous battle of life to conquer and survive, delving into the history of the 20 million species that exist today. However, what we witness is merely a snapshot in time; 99% of Earth's inhabitants are buried in our deep past. This series weaves the tales of these dynasties, chronicling their rise and fall in a story that is as incredible as it is enlightening, sparking a profound interest in the history and resilience of life on Earth.
The first episode traces the evolution of life on our planet and highlights the diversity of life, from ancient sharks to the reign of dinosaurs and the emergence of mammals. The episode showcases the constant struggle for survival and adaptation across different eras, illustrating the dynamic and often brutal nature of Earth's evolution.
Series: Life on Our Planet
The Jinx

The Jinx

Space Deepest Secrets

Space Deepest Secrets

2020  Science
The Green Planet

The Green Planet

2022  Nature
Future of Work

Future of Work

2021  Technology