Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins pioneering Russian big cat experts in a mission to rescue lynx kittens and adults from captivity and return them to the wild. In this snowy Russian wildlife adventure celebrating the resilience and wonder of our natural world, Gordon works with Russian scientists to take lynx from a fur farm and the pet trade and train them for life back in the wild. In an emotional journey, he teaches them how to survive in the forest, how to avoid humans and how to hunt. This ambitious and beautiful series allows Gordon to get close to these charismatic ‘big cats’, experiencing every nerve-wracking and heartwarming moment and, ultimately, their triumphant return to the wild.
Enter a world of dynastic power struggles and family treachery that’s more dramatic than any work of fiction. Filmed over four years in glorious locations around the globe, this intimate landmark series pulls viewers into the lives of some of the world’s most iconic animals. As their stories unfold, you witness their incredible determination to protect their family line in the face of challenges to their leadership or from the often harsh environment around them. This stunningly shot series explores the complex relationships of these characters and shows the teamwork it takes to hold onto their territories. It immerses the audience in every poignant moment and heart-wrenching betrayal as they strive to create the dynasties to rule for generations.
Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, this series shares these astonishing new discoveries. Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic Ocean. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a killer whale as it rips into shoals of fish. Inspiring awe and wonder, Blue Planet II reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.
The contests between predators and prey are the most critical events in nature. The outcome of these interactions is seldom a foregone conclusion. For both sides, it is a matter of life and death. This series takes an intimate look at the remarkable strategies of hunters and, in some cases, the hunted, exploring the challenges animals face and the tactics they employ. It is how animals respond to a particular challenge that determines whether they are successful. The strategies of both predators and prey are shaped by where they live, so each episode focuses on one principal habitat, whether savannah, jungle or ocean.
A decade ago, Planet Earth redefined natural history filmmaking, giving us the ultimate portrait of life on Earth. Ten years on, advances in both filming technology and our understanding of the natural world mean we can reveal our planet from a completely new perspective. Now, Planet Earth II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. Travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail.
Embark on the trip of a lifetime, as the BBC’s acclaimed Natural History Unit takes you on a spectacular polar expedition into a breathtaking landscape most humans will never experience. Ambitious and epic in scale, this landmark series is the ultimate portrait of the great wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic before they change forever. Narrated by world renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Frozen Planet has taken new technology to the most extreme and remote parts of our planet, capturing groundbreaking imagery as camera teams go deep under the ice into a magical world of giants, plunge into the heart of an erupting polar volcano and fly to the South Pole across the Antarctic ice cap. Get closer than ever before to the lives of charismatic animal characters and witness extraordinary examples of survival against the odds.
From the moment they are born, every animal on the planet begins the same great and perilous journey – life. Like us, animals have to overcome both the struggle to reach adulthood and the unpredictable challenges thrown at them by their environment, their enemies and even their own families. Told from the perspective of individual animals, this captivating series follows the journey from birth to parenthood.
Award-winning filmmaker Louis Theroux revisits the hugely controversial Westboro Baptist Church, investigating what effect the death of its founder and figurehead Pastor Fred Phelps has had on its members and those who have since left. Thirteen years since first encountering one of America’s most notorious hate groups, Louis makes a long-anticipated return to Kansas to immerse himself in the strange and unpleasant world of Westboro. He explores what happens when a group largely populated by one family loses its patriarch. Louis discovers how Pastor Phelps’ doctrine of divine hate has cast a shadow not only on the church’s true-believers but also on those who have managed to escape Westboro’s vice-like grip.
Ben Fogle meets more people who've turned their back on the rat-race and set up home in some of the most remote locations on Earth. Does the reality of leaving it all behind live up to the dream? These people have chosen to ditch a life of debts and daily grind, and gone in search of something different. Are they daring, or just downright crazy?
Wildest Places explores some of the most incredible natural habitats on the planet and an extraordinary diverse range of wildlife. Covering the Pacific, Antarctic and Australia, it includes amazing never-before-seen footage filmed over more than 10 years. Wildest Pacific goes above and below the water to uncover spectacular and surprising marine life on our most significant coral reefs, bays and islands. At the far southern reaches of the world, Wildest Antarctic journeys to our coldest continent that has evolved wildlife like nowhere else on Earth. This series showcases astonishing aspects of animal life in an untamed world and features rarely captured animal behaviours in remote habitats.
The biggest animals on the planet have the most incredible anatomies. Big Animal Surgery reveals these miracles of biological design – by saving their lives on the operating table. Ground-breaking operations. Performed by the most skilled surgeons in the world. This series captures life-or-death treatments as never before.
Larger than some American states, Yellowstone National Park is one of the world’s last and most spectacular wildernesses – a global icon of natural beauty. It is also home to some of the richest wildlife beyond the plains of Africa. Against its vast and majestic landscapes, full of lush meadows, deep forests and violent hot springs, this landmark series follows the intertwining stories of Yellowstone’s iconic inhabitants.
BBC Earth will take you on a thrilling journey of discovery by sharing the incredible wonders of our universe and will showcase a broad range of world-class factual programming represented by natural history, human stories, adventurous travels and scientific investigations.