David Attenborough follows the greatest of journeys: from birth to new life.
In a way, one predominant theme lies at the heart of every natural history film: reproduction – after all, life exists with the sole purpose of creating more life. Yet in this seven-part series, each episode in that endlessly repeated narrative is presented in eyepopping HD and with humour and insight to match. So while the life stages depicted may be familiar – young animals experiencing the world for the first time, courtship, caring for newborns – many sequences are startlingly novel. The team captured a number of filming firsts: infrared nocturnal footage of long-eared jerboas, for example, the result of a challenging mission into the Gobi Desert, and the creation of ‘crop-circles’ sculpted in sand by courting pufferfish – a behaviour first described as recently as 2011. Aerial battles of booted rackettailed hummingbirds are dazzling, and after feeling the electrifying tension as a clan of meerkats mobs a cobra, you’ll never look at Aleksandr the same way again.
A pair of booted racket-tailed hummingbirds.