Planet Earth + Planet Earth: The Future [BBC DVD]

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The shots that are captured on film are like none ever seen and remind us of both the power of mother nature and her fragility.



Planet Earth is a 2006 television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Four years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and also the first to be filmed in high definition. Each of the 11 episodes features a global overview of a different habitat on Earth.

The series was co-produced by the Discovery Channel and NHK in association with the CBC, and was described by its makers as "the definitive look at the diversity of our planet".

Planet Earth: The Future is a 2006 BBC documentary television miniseries on the environment and conservation, produced by the BBC Natural History Unit as a companion to the multi-award winning nature documentary Planet Earth. Each episode highlights the conservation issues surrounding some of the species and environments featured in Planet Earth, using interviews with the film-makers and eminent figures from the fields of science, conservation, politics, and theology.

Planet Earth won (and was nominated for) the following awards:

Awards won:

• Broadcasting Press Guild Award
• Innovation in Broadcasting Award
• 4 Emmy Awards
• Festival Prize
• Television Producer of the Year Award in Non-Fiction Television
• Peabody Award
• RTS Television Award
• 2 TCA Awards
• TRIC Award

Nominated for:

• Saturn Award
• Audience Award (TV)
• 4 BAFTA TV Awards
• 3 Emmy Awards
• National Television Award
• RTS Television Award
• TCA Award

The 14 episodes of the two BBC TV series are presented in a box set of 5 DVD discs. See the list of episodes and other details under Additional information.

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David Attenborough, Simon Poland (narrators)


Box set, Colour PAL

Main soundtrack

English or Greek (selectable)
Dolby Digital 5.1 or Dolby Digital 2.0 (selectable)


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 2: Europe (except Russia, Ukraine and Belarus), Western Asia, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, French overseas territories, Greenland

Aspect ratio


Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

27 November 2006 in the UK

Run time

700 minutes (11 hours 40 mins)



List of episodes

Discs 1-4: Planet Earth

Episode 1: From Pole to Pole

The ultimate portrait of our planet looks at the key factors that shape our natural history. The sun and fresh water dominate the lives of all animals and plants on Earth and trigger seasonal migrations, small and large.

In the Arctic spring, a mother polar bear and cubs emerge from their winter den. They have just two weeks to cross the frozen sea before it melts and they become stranded. Share the most intimate and complete picture of polar bear life ever filmed.

For more than three years, time-lapse cameras captured the annual transformation created by the Okavango floods. The latest technology and aerial photography enables us to track some of the greatest mass migrations, following prey and predators on truly epic journeys.

Episode 2: Mountains

Welcome to an extreme landscape of rock, ice and snow. We tour the mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on Earth and ending at the summit of Everest. Find out how some of the most secretive animals rise to the challenge of mountain life.

Share one of Earth's rarest phenomena, a lava lake that has been erupting for over 100 years. The same forces built the Simian Mountains where we find troops of gelada baboons nearly a thousand strong. In the Rockies, grizzlies build winter dens inside avalanche-prone slopes and climb the peaks to devour abundant summer moths. In another world first, the programme brings us astounding images of a snow leopard hunting on the Pakistan peaks.

Episode 3: Freshwater

Fresh water is our most precious resource and it defines the distribution of life on land. Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife below the ice in the world's deepest lake.

Witness unique and dramatic moments of animal behaviour: a showdown between smooth-coated otters and mugger crocodiles; deep-diving long tailed macaques; massive flocks of snow geese on the wing and a piranha frenzy in the perilous waters of the world's largest wetland.

Episode 4: Caves

The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is a 400m vertical shaft, deep enough to engulf the Empire State Building. The Lechuguilla cave system in the USA is 193km long and 500m deep with astonishing crystal formations hanging from its chambers.

Although often overlooked, caves are remarkable habitats with equally bizarre wildlife. Cave angel fish cling to the walls behind cave waterfalls with microscopic hooks on their flattened fins. Cave swiftlets navigate by echo-location and build nests out of saliva. The Texas cave salamander has neither eyes nor pigment. Unique access to a hidden world of stalactites, stalagmites, snotites and troglodytes brings a wealth of surprises.

Episode 5: Deserts

Around 30% of the land's surface is desert, the most varied of our ecosystems despite the lack of rain. Unravel the secrets of desert survival and experience the ephemeral nature of this dynamic environment. Watch Saharan sandstorms nearly a mile high and desert rivers that run for a single day.

In the Gobi Desert, rare Bactrian camels get moisture from the snow. In the Atacama, guanacos survive by licking dew off cactus spines. In the USA, the brief blooming of Death Valley triggers a plague of locusts 65km wide and 160km long. A unique aerial voyage over the Namibian desert reveals elephants on a long trek for food and desert lions searching for wandering oryx.

Episode 6: Ice Worlds

The Arctic and Antarctic experience the most extreme seasons on Earth. Time-lapse cameras watch a colony of emperor penguins, transforming them into a single organism. The film reveals new science about the dynamics of emperor penguin behaviour.

In the north, unique aerial images show a polar bear swimming more than 100km, diving for up to two minutes at a time. The exhausted polar bear later attacks a herd of walrus in a true clash of the Titans.

Episode 7: Great Plains

After filming for three years, Planet Earth finally captures the shy Mongolian gazelle. Only a handful of people have witnessed its annual migration. Don't miss the bizarre-looking Tibetan fox, captured on film for the first time.

Over six weeks the team follow a pride of 30 lions as they attempt to hunt elephants. Using the latest night vision equipment, the crew film the chaotic battles that ensue at close quarters.

Episode 8: Jungles

Jungles cover roughly three per cent of our planet yet contain 50 per cent of the world's species. High-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of animals living on the dark jungle floor.

In the Ngogo forest the largest chimpanzee group in the world defends its territory from neighbouring groups. Other jungle specialists include parasitic fungi which infiltrate an insect host, feed on it, and then burst out of its body.

Episode 9: Shallow Seas

A humpback whale mother and calf embark on an epic journey from tropical coral paradises to storm ravaged polar seas.

Newly discovered coral reefs in Indonesia reveal head-butting pygmy seahorses, flashing electric clams and bands of sea kraits, 30-strong, which hunt in packs. Elsewhere plagues of sea urchins fell forests of giant kelp. Huge bull fur seals attack king penguins, who despite their weight disadvantage, put up a spirited defence.

Episode 10: Seasonal Forests

The Taiga forest, on the edge of the Arctic, is a silent world of stunted conifers. The trees may be small but filming from the air reveals its true scale. A third of all trees on Earth grow here and during the short summer they produce enough oxygen to change the atmosphere.

In California, General Sherman, a giant sequoia, is the largest living thing on the planet, ten times the size of a blue whale. The oldest organisms alive are bristlecone pines. At more than 4,000 years old they pre-date the pyramids. But the baobab forests of Madagascar are perhaps the strangest of all.

Episode 11: Ocean Deep

Life goes to extraordinary lengths to survive this immense realm. A 30 tonne whale shark gorges on a school of fish and the unique overhead heli-gimbal camera reveals common dolphins rocketing at more than 30km an hour.

Descending into the abyss, deep sea octopus fly with wings and vampire squid use bioluminescence to create an extraordinary colour display. The first ever time-lapse footage taken from 2,000m down captures eels, crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass, completely consuming it within three hours.

Read full description of the series and its episodes in Wikipedia

Disc 5: Planet Earth: The Future

Episode 1: Saving Species

The sixth extinction phase - are we really at such a crisis point? Planet Earth revealed the Mongolian gazelle on the last great unseen migration spectacle in Asia. Why didn't they film the Saiga Antelope, that was filmed just 15 years ago as a spectacle for another series? The answer is because the Saiga is now on the brink of extinction. Martyn Colbeck and Saiga antelope expert Dr. Milner-Gulland tell us why. We also discover why there is a problem in the Simien Highlands in Ethiopia, where people have encroached up the mountains forces up species to the remaining peaks. The Polar bears that featured in Planet Earth trying to kill a walrus in the Canadian Arctic are hungry because the warmer climate is reducing the ice floes on which the bears used to hunt seals.

But is there really a problem? As Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the United Nations group on biological Diversity, tells us the rate of extinctions, the Head of the IUCN argues that we have no idea how many species there really are. Professor Edward Wilson's contribution is on the importance of the insects.

How do we choose which species we want? Why should we bother to save a highly endangered species? Why should we save the Panda? We hear from the world's leading experts.

Episode 2: Into the Wilderness

What is wilderness and how much is left? Russell Mittermeier of Conservation International assures us that, by his definition, wilderness still covers 40% of the planet. But is there enough to provide landscapes for animals such as the elephants that featured in Planet Earth?

How much wilderness do we need, and how fast is it disappearing? The forests of Bialowieza, the last remaining forest of Europe, are fast disappearing. What is threatening them? We discuss the issue of human population size, and discover in the Gobi desert and the Arctic tundra that just a few people, or a few corporations, can have an enormous impact.

But why is wilderness important? What does it do for us? James Lovelock and Jonathan Porritt tell us. Even where there are no people, much wilderness is changing because of climate change. How do we ensure our own survival and keep wilderness areas? It seems to have to include humans in the picture.

Episode 3: Living Together

Right now, conservation is going through a major re-think and re-assessment of what is the right way forward, bearing in mind the expanding human population. This film opens with dramatic footage of humpback whales - a success story for conservation. The 'Save the Panda' 'Save the World' and 'Save the Rainforest' campaigns are still very familiar too, but have we got anywhere?

The programme also looks back to past mistakes. For example, BBC archive footage of Nairobi National Park in 1977 illustrates how people were excluded - the fortress mentality. Various ways to involve people are considered. Behind some of the Planet Earth stars, like the snow leopard, are attempts to bring income to the local people through the wildlife. How can conservation fit into a world driven by economics and development? At what point does eco-tourism cross the boundary of real benefit to the wildlife? This episode looks at the role of religions in promoting a moral and ethical approach to our world, and asks the Archbishop of Canterbury whether we should be re-thinking our whole attitude to our place in the natural world.

Read full description of the series and its episodes in Wikipedia



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