Packed with excitement, revelation and entertainment, this breathtaking ten-part series delivers 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world. Join us for “Life” on Mondays at 9 p.m. beginning April 9.
Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action: individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behavior. Cutting edge cinematic techniques capture unprecedented and astonishingly beautiful sequences – birds running and dancing on the water’s surface in dazzlingly intricate displays of courtship and fidelity, fish outwitting predators by using their fins to take flight, flies competing in a mesmerizing eyeball inflation contest…
Sequences featuring animals such as the star-nosed mole or the basilisk lizard were captured using cameras that take over 8,000 frames per second, revealing behavior that is not visible to the naked eye. More than four years in the making, filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, this is “Life” – as you’ve never seen it before.
The Challenges of Life
Introducing the extraordinary things animals and plants must do in order to survive and reproduce.
Reptiles and Amphibians
From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioral innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet.
Fly amongst one of the largest migrations on Earth; sprint with the tiny, extraordinary-looking sengis; and witness the biggest fight on Earth.
From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish.
Birds are supremely adaptable, capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature, running on water in pursuit of love and even of building intricate structures.
Insects are the most diverse animal group on the planet. They possess fearsome weapons, yet can display surprising tenderness and sophisticated behavior.
Hunters and Hunted
Every day, in the jungles, grasslands, deserts and frozen wastelands, battles are won, fought and lost between carnivores and their prey.
Creatures of the Deep
Using specially developed underwater tracking time-lapse techniques, “Life” takes a journey to the uncharted corners of the ocean.
The drama of the plant world is impossible to view with the naked eye. But using the latest time-lapse technology, all is revealed.
Primates are uniquely intelligent – engaging in problem solving, communication, tool use and intimate social interplay.