Life on Earth

Starring: David Attenborough
BBC Worldwide
RRP 34.99
Certificate: E
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Follow the dramatic history of life on earth from its very beginnings, some 3.5 billion years ago, to the final emergence of man and the array of animals that share the world with us today...

First broadcast in 1979, Life On Earth examines the incredible variety of the world's wildlife and its evolution. David Attenborough and his team of cameramen, producers and scientific advisers bring to the screen some quite remarkable images, which will have a lasting impact on any audience.

This series was the biggest ever undertaken by the Natural History Unit at the time, using over a million feet of film and 100 locations. Life On Earth also established David Attenborough and the award-winning Natural History Unit at the forefront of wildlife documentary filmmaking.

This collection is still as fresh today as it was back in 1979. Okay, Mr Attenborough's clothes and hairstyle may look very much out of date, but otherwise, this is as entertaining and informative as it was when it was first broadcast.

If you have children at home, this would make an excellent purchase as they are bound to learn more in one episode of this series, about the planet they live on, than they will in a year at school.

The only extra is a 30 min making of programme which was originally broadcast in 1979. What would have been interesting would have been a short modern documentary that looked back at the series and informed the viewer of how many creatures featured in the original programme have now become extinct thanks to mans ongoing quest to destroy the planet.

A wonderfully presented collection.

Pete Boomer

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