Circling the globe on a northern adventure Simon Reeve circumnavigates the globe around the 22 835 mile long Tropic of Cancer visiting 18 different countries meeting amazing people witnessing bizarre and beautiful sights and encountering spectacular and endangered wildlife. Starting in Baja California - the long strip of Mexico that descends into the Pacific Ocean Simon travels through Cuba the Bahamas Mauritania the wastelands of Southern Libya India Bangladesh and Burma before finally reaching the some of the most beautiful (and also some of the dirtiest) beaches in the world. From gorgeous landscapes to deserts small fishing villages to violent drug wars Simon finds out what makes these places fascinatingly unique.
Breaking the mould of previous "Walking with" offerings, the BBC's Walking with Cavemen sees Professor Robert Winston follow in the footsteps of ancient man in a series that traces the history of humanity from bipedal ape-men (Australopithecus Aphaeresis) to the awakening of the human mind's potential with Homo Erectus. Spread over four fascinating half-hour instalments, Wilson presents an accessible and populist, but still suitably anthropological study on how apes became human and the traits that we inherited from our earliest ancestors. Unlike Dinosaurs and Beasts, Cavemen combines CGI with actors to portray the characters in the story of man. Initially this seems to make it far less technically impressive than the earlier programmes--memories of Kubrick's 2001 are inevitable--but fortunately the acting is superb and the viewer soon forgets that these are people in monkey suits. The series also makes use of a special effect called "deep time-lapse", which shows in a matter of dramatic seconds the thousands of years of geological changes that sped up our ancestors' evolution. Wilson himself takes part in the action as if he is a modern-day naturalist following lions across the Serengeti rather than creatures long extinct. This approach makes for a more immediate as well as poignant interpretation of history: the result is an enlightening and moving tribute to the human journey. On the DVD: Walking with Cavemen on disc has production interviews with series producer Peter Georgi, executive producer and director Richard Dale, director of animated extras Ben Palmer and actor David Rubin. There are also location interviews, the best of which is two of the actors in full costume explaining the difficulties involved in eating lunch. There are sequences explaining the creation of the digital effects, and the original score can be accessed as an audio-only option. A fact file for each episode and a picture gallery complete the extras package. --Kristen Bowditch
Adventurer Bear Grylls shows how to survive in Scotland's Cairngorm National Park. Half a million people visit to walk in the glens or climb in the mountains but few realise it's classed as an Artic landscape. Thirty tourists die every year. Bear shows how navigate using ice formations and moss growth and tests snow slopes for avalanche potential. He uses moss to purify water and skins a red deer for shelter. For food he traps and cooks a rabbit. Bear crosses deep marshes which can swallow a man and uses fallen trees to cross ravines. Bonus Programme - Iceland: Half a million tourists visit every year to see the freezing glaciers the steaming geothermal areas and the huge black sand deserts. One thousand need to be rescued. Bear demonstrates how to make a snow cave find water in deep tunnels and avoid frostbite.
From the Walking With... team comes this fantastic new programme looking at what lurks deep in the world's oceans. Representing the majority of our planet's surface extreme pressure and perpetual darkness mean that Earth's final frontier has only been seen through torchlight - until now. Seen through the eyes of a Sperm Whale from infancy to death the marinescape comes vividly to life: the impossibly deep canyons the underwater volcanoes and the spectacular mountain ranges.
DreamWorks Animation return with this adventure which centres on four animal friends, a lion, a giraffe, a hippo and a zebra.
One ocean 25 000 islands half the water on Earth. The Pacific includes some of the most remote spots on the planet - yet there's not a single island that has avoided colonizers whether it be plants animals or humans - and generally all three. Go beyond clich''d images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches to explore this immense and surprising ocean as it has never been seen before.
Wildlife Specials Box Set
Watch an intrepid team of modern day explorers zoologists naturalists and botanists as they travel to the far corners of the globe in search of new species and help local conservation teams. Discover the lost land of the Jaguar. In a bid to discover new species and help Guyana protect its environment the expedition team ventures into some of the remote jungle on earth tracking down the giants of the area; the Anaconda the Jaguar the giant Anteaters the Turtles and the enormous Harpy Eagle. Explore the lost land of the volcano. New Guinea is one the most species-rich areas on Earth but its landscape so inaccessible that much of the wildlife is barely known. Watch the team ast hey delve into the depths exploring the remote rainforests rugged mountains and raging underground rivers that make up this mysterious land. Join the lost land of the Tiger. The first ever expedition to venture high into the Himalayas in search of big cats. Closed to outsiders for years Bhutan is a forgotten world. No one knows how many Tigers prowl the jungles and mountains here but they are going to find out.
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8 000-pound orcas or 'killer whales' soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus - beloved as a majestic friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum who - unlike any orca in the wild - has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Special Features: Cinema Trailer Sheffield Doc Fest Q & A
Journey through the past, present and future of Earth as History explores the very real beginnings of our planet, thepotentially catastrophic results of our own behaviour on it, and the possibility of a world wiped clean of humanity. Includes:How The Earth Was Made:History goes back in time, from 4.5 billion years ago to today, to reveal the mystery of geology across the world. Spectacular onlocation shooting and dramatic graphics combine to show how the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have literally shaped the world we live in.A Global Warning?:Arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, glaciers are shrinking at alarming rates, and the Earth is getting unmistakably warmer. Is this vast, potentially catastrophic, climate change the result of human behaviour? History offers an in-depth study of the science behind this controversial, hot-button issue.Life After People:What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared? This isn't the story of how we might vanish - it is the story of what happens to the world we leave behind. Examining how the very landscape of planet Earth would change in our absence.
Eagle Island: A Year On The Isle Of Mull is a beautiful wildlife film made for BBC's Natural World featuring spectacular shots of eagles in the nest an abundance of marine life and draw dropping shots of the dramatic Scottish landscape. Expert cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan returns to his homeland to rediscover its stunning wildelife and magnificent scenary. The Ilse of Mull has the highest density of eagles in the UK otters in every bay and even whales sh
Presented by Steve Irwin; the Australian conservationist and 'Crocodile Hunter' his adventures made all the more poignant due to his untimely death on September 4 2006. His fearlessness in facing the deadliest of all species was his passion and while filming his newest series he was killed by the normally docile Sting-ray. Steve's filmed adventures remain a tribute to the man who brought light-entertainment combined with heart-pounding action to the world. Steve's ultimate aim was t
National Geographic: Elephants Collection (Giants of Etosha / Elephants Rage / Reflections on Elephants) (2 Discs)
An inspiring lookat how one family's connection to each other and their surroundings is a model of resilience and fortitude for us all. The story features the coming of age of a young meerkat pup Kolo growing up in the Kalahari desert. Shot using ground-breaking techniques this dramatised documentary is a one-of-a-kind presentation from The Weinstein Company and the BBC the world's pre-eminent nature filmmakers.
A secret cave deep within the mountains of Pakistan is one of the last refuges of the snow leopard - the rarest and most beautiful of all the big cats. Journalist Nisar Malik has decided to use his news skills to help promote and protect this highly endangered species. For Nisar this is a journey of discovery in which he finds beauty and peace in a place that he previously portrayed as dangerous and evil. For the viewer the film offers a journey into a misrepresented and unknown part of the world.
While watching The Planets, be prepared to fight your way past all kinds of computer animation which makes Walking with Dinosaurs seem like the last word in realism. It seems that no solar or planetary event which ever happened (or which may or may not have happened) is worthy of mention here without recourse to lovingly detailed shots of implausible-looking collisions and explosions. These come complete with sound effects, despite the fact that there is no sound in the vacuum of space, and are enhanced by a range of colours, some of which are visible only to bees. Somehow Patrick Moore's The Sky at Night manages to convey just as much excitement with little more than a couple of diagrams and the presenter's hyperactive enthusiasm. Fortunately, this two-DVD set is redeemed by both its subject matter and its sheer scope, offering all eight 50-minute episodes of the 1999 documentary series covering the history of the solar system and humanity's age-old desire to learn its secrets. Detailed indexing and scene access makes this a convenient reference source too, so amateur astronomers everywhere can finally bin those off-air VHS copies. --Roger Thomas
An offbeat and fascinating series that investigates the world's weirdest natural events, using first-hand accounts and footage as it unravels the science behind extraordinary phenomena. You'd think nothing nature could do would surprise us, but every year seriously bizarre things happen that seem to defy its laws, puzzling witnesses and experts alike. Exploding toads, birds dying in mid air, blood-red rain, caterpillars cocooning cars - weird events that people don't understand and frequently fear. Stylish graphics, clever use of science and an irreverent approach create this quirky and original take on the most sensationally strange stories from the natural world.
Wild Weather is a major BBC documentary exploring the extremes of the world's climate with the engaging presenter Donal MacIntyre. The four one-hour programmes focus on wind, wet, cold and heat, and explore how these produce hurricanes, monsoons, ice storms and tornadoes, as well as regulate the global environment. MacIntyre, best known for his investigative series MacIntyre Undercover (1999), travels the world, from beneath the North Pole to the saturated humidity of the Belise tropical rainforest. Bringing to mind the daredevil John Noakes from 1970s Blue Peter, MacIntyre skydives, is battered by a wild tunnel, frozen in an ice-box, subjected to a reservoir flood and endures a marathon across the Sahara. Survivors' accounts tell the stories of such disasters as Hurricane Andrew, a New York state snow storm and the flood of Britain's eastern coast in 1953. The intelligent use of computer graphics enhances clear explanations of the jet stream, ocean currents and other phenomena, in a series which is part geography lesson (but with a great teacher), part reality TV entertainment show. Occasional flash-cut editing and some inappropriate techno/drum & bass on the soundtrack will irritate viewers who remember life before MTV, but otherwise this is an excellent mainstream documentary series. --Gary S Dalkin
To celebrate a decade of Big Cat Diary action we revisit the cast and characters offering a unique opportunity to watch their unfolding lives over a two-year span. From a camp in the heart of Kenya's magnificent Masi Mara specialist teams observe the daily lives and adventures of Africa's big cats. Series 1:The Marsh Pride of lions is 30 strong - a magnificent group of females sub-adults and cubs. But there's a problem their sole defender is lone male Simba. When two yo
Take an incredible journey with Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou through a meadow on an ordinary summer's day. By the use of Macrovision and extraordinary sound get a bug's eye view of the world in minature!
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