Planet Earth 1986 | TV Show Watchlist
A seven-part science series examining forces that have shaped `our ever-changing planet,' as narrator Richard Kiley put it. Produced in association with the National Academy of Sciences, `Earth' covered areas ranging from earthquakes to `nuclear winter,' a (more…)
Premiered: January 22, 1986
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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 2000m down captures eels crabs and giant isopods eating a carcass completely consuming it within three hours.
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.
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.
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.
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- Premiered: January 22, 1986
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- Premise: A seven-part science series examining forces that have shaped `our ever-changing planet,' as narrator Richard Kiley put it. Produced in association with the National Academy of Sciences, `Earth' covered areas ranging from earthquakes to `nuclear winter,' a… (more)
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