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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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.
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.
Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife in the world's deepest lake. Planet Earth captures 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.
The lives of animals and plants are dominated by the sun and fresh water which trigger seasonal journeys. The latest technology and aerial photography enable the Planet Earth team to track some of the greatest mass migrations.
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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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