BBC Natural History Unit filmography

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This is a chronological list of selected television programmes and feature films produced or co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit since its inception in 1957. It is not intended to be exhaustive given the large amount of material the Unit has produced in its history, but it does capture all the major TV series and films for which it has gained recognition. A brief synopsis of pre-1957 radio and television programmes on a natural history theme made by the BBC is given in the History section of the main BBC Natural History Unit article.

Television productions[edit]

Series Title Year(s) Broadcast Subject Contributors DVD Release[a] Video Download[b]
Faraway Look 1957 Wildlife of Australasia Peter and Philippa Scott (presenter) No No
Eastwards with Attenborough 1973 Expedition to South East Asia David Attenborough (presenter) No No
Life on Earth 1979 The evolution of life David Attenborough (presenter) Yes No
The Living Planet 1984 How organisms adapt to their environment David Attenborough (presenter) Yes No
The Living Isles 1985 British wildlife Julian Pettifer (presenter) and Peter Crawford (presenter) No No
Supersense 1988 Sensory perception in animals Andrew Sachs (narrator) Yes No
The Trials of Life 1990 Animal behaviour David Attenborough (presenter) Yes Yes
Land of the Eagle 1991 The colonisation of North America Alan Ereira (narrator) and Peter Crawford (producer) No No
Lifesense 1991 Ground-breaking perception and precision in animals Andrew Sachs (narrator) Yes No
Realms of the Russian Bear 1992 Natural history of the former USSR states Nikolai Drozdov (presenter) No No
Sea Trek 1992 Exploration of dive sites Martha Holmes (presenter) and Mike deGruy (presenter) No No
Life in the Freezer 1993 Natural history of Antarctica David Attenborough (presenter) and Alastair Fothergill (producer) Yes Yes
The Private Life of Plants 1995 A study of the plants David Attenborough (presenter) Yes Yes
Alien Empire 1996 A series looking at the world of the insects John Shrapnel (narrator) No No
Spirits of the Jaguar 1996 Natural History of Latin America Alan Ereira (narrator) Yes No
Land of the Tiger 1997 Natural history of the Indian subcontinent Valmik Thapar (presenter) No Yes
Incredible Journeys 1998 Animal migration Geoffrey Palmer (narrator) and Nigel Marven (producer) No No
The Life of Birds 1998 A natural history of birds David Attenborough (presenter) Yes Yes
Living Britain 1999 British natural history Peter Crawford (producer) Yes No
Walking with Dinosaurs 1999 A natural history of dinosaurs Kenneth Branagh (narrator) Yes Yes
Andes to Amazon 2000 A portrait of South American landscapes and wildlife. Also known as Wild South America for the release. Fergal Keane (narrator) Yes No
Cousins 2000 Primates Charlotte Uhlenbroek (presenter) No No
State of the Planet 2000 The impact of humans on the natural world David Attenborough (presenter) Yes No
The Blue Planet 2001 A natural history of the oceans. Also known as The Blue Planet: Seas of Life for North America release. David Attenborough (narrator) and Alastair Fothergill (producer) Yes Yes[1]
Ultimate Killers 2001 Hunting techniques of predators. Steve Leonard (presenter) No No
Wild Africa 2001 A portrait of Africa's landscapes and wildlife. Fergal Keane (narrator) Yes No
Congo 2001 A portrait of the great central African river's forests and wildlife. John Lynch (narrator) and Brian Leith (producer) No No
Talking with Animals 2001 Animal communication. Charlotte Uhlenbroek (narrator) No No
The Ballad of Big Al 2001 The life story of an Allosaurus nicknamed "Big Al". Kenneth Branagh (narrator) Yes Yes
Walking with Beasts 2001 A portrait of life after the dinosaurs. Kenneth Branagh (narrator) Yes Yes
Wild New World 2002 Prehistory and wildlife of America from the arrival of humans to the end of the Ice Age. Also known as Prehistoric America for North America release. Jack Fortune (narrator) Yes No
The Life of Mammals 2002 A natural history of mammals. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[2][3] No
Wild In Your Garden 2003 Garden wildlife. Bill Oddie (presenter), Kate Humble (presenter) and Simon King (presenter) No No
Wild Down Under 2003 A portrait of Australasia's landscapes and wildlife. Also known as Wild Australasia for international release. Matt Day (narrator) Yes[4] No
Jungle 2003 Wildlife of the world's rainforests. Charlotte Uhlenbroek (presenter) No No
Dragons Alive 2004 The natural history of the reptiles. Lloyd Owen (narrator) No No
Britain Goes Wild 2004 The coming of spring in Britain. Bill Oddie (presenter), Kate Humble (presenter) and Simon King (presenter) No No
British Isles - A Natural History 2004 The natural history of the British Isles. Alan Titchmarsh (presenter) Yes[5] No
Nile 2004 The history and natural history of the Nile. Simon MacCorkindale (presenter) No No
Europe: A Natural History 2005 How European landscapes and wildlife have changed through time. Sean Pertwee (narrator) No No
Journey of Life 2005 Steve Leonard explores evolution on land, sea and air - on a voyage of discovery and surprises. Steve Leonard (presenter) Yes[6] No
Walking with Monsters 2005 A portrait of life before the dinosaurs. Kenneth Branagh (narrator) Yes[7] No
Life in the Undergrowth 2005 A study of terrestrial invertebrates. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[8][9] Yes[10][11]
Planet Earth 2006 A portrait of Earth's wildernesses and wildlife spectacles. David Attenborough (narrator) and Alastair Fothergill (producer) Yes[12][13][14][15] Yes[16][17][18]
Planet Earth: The Future 2006 Series highlight the conservation issues surrounding some of the featured species and environments. Simon Poland (narrator) and Fergus Beeley (producer) Yes[14][15][c] No
Galápagos 2006 A natural history of the Pacific islands. Tilda Swinton (narrator) Yes[19][20] No
Wild Caribbean 2007 A natural history of the Caribbean islands and Sea. Steve Toussaint (narrator) Yes[21] No
Saving Planet Earth 2007 A season of programmes dedicated to wildlife. conservation David Attenborough (presenter), Alan Titchmarsh (presenter) and others No No
Ganges 2007 A journey along the sacred river from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. Sudha Bhuchar (narrator) Yes[22][23] No
The Nature of Britain 2007 A survey of British wildlife and habitats. Alan Titchmarsh (presenter) Yes[24] No
Life in Cold Blood 2008 A series dedicated to reptiles and amphibians. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[25][26] Yes[27][28]
Tiger - Spy in the Jungle 2008 Elephants carrying spy cameras tell the story of four tiger cubs growing up in the Indian Jungle. Over two years the cameras track their development from young cubs into adult hunters. David Attenborough (narrator) Yes[29] No
Wild China 2008 The BBC's first natural history series dedicated to China. Bernard Hill (narrator) Yes[30][31] Yes[32][33]
Nature's Great Events 2009 The world's principal seasonal changes and their impact on wildlife. Also known as Nature's Most Amazing Events for North America release. David Attenborough (narrator) Yes[34][35] Yes[36][37]
Yellowstone 2009 A year in the life of the animals of Yellowstone National Park. Peter Firth (narrator) Yes[38][39] Yes[40]
South Pacific 2009 Natural history of the islands of the South Pacific. Also known as Wild Pacific for North America release. Benedict Cumberbatch (narrator) Yes[41][42] Yes[43][44]
Life 2009 Blue-chip series looking at extraordinary animal behaviour from all parts of the natural world. David Attenborough (narrator) Yes[45][46] Yes[47][48]
The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart 2010 A series looking at flora, fauna, and people of the Great Rift Valley. Hugh Quarshie (narrator) Yes[49][50] Yes[51][52]
Mountain Gorilla 2010 Intimate footage of Africa's few remaining mountain gorillas. Patrick Stewart (narrator) Yes[53][54] No
The Bear Family & Me 2011 Follow with wildlife cameraman - Gordon Buchanan, as he tries to gain the trust of a wild bear family in a spectacular American wilderness. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) Yes[55] Yes[56][57]
Human Planet 2011 Mankind's incredible relationship with nature in the world today. John Hurt (narrator) Yes[58][59] Yes[60][61]
Madagascar 2011 A natural history of Madagascar. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[62][63] Yes[64][65]
The Animal's Guide to Britain 2011 Chris Packham examines Britain from an animal's point of view as he tries to understand their needs. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Ocean Giants 2011 A natural history of whales and dolphins. Stephen Fry (narrator) No Yes[66][67]
Nature's Miracle Babies 2011 Zoologist Martin Hughes-Games travels the world to discover the plight of threatened species and meets the babies born against the odds. Martin Hughes-Games (presenter) Yes[68] Yes[69][70]
Frozen Planet 2011 A seven-part survey of the polar regions. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) and Alastair Fothergill (producer) Yes[71][72] Yes[73][74]
Planet Dinosaur 2011 A six-part series brings to life pre-historic monsters of the biggest, deadliest and weirdest creatures ever to walk the Earth, using the latest fossil evidence and immersive computer graphics. John Hurt (narrator) Yes[75][76][77] Yes[78][79]
Great Barrier Reef 2012 Exploring Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on our planet. Monty Halls (presenter) Yes[80][81] Yes[82][83]
Survivors: Nature's Indestructible Creatures 2012 Professor Richard Fortey travels across the globe to find the survivors of mass extinction events. Richard Fortey (presenter) No No
Don't Blame the Dog 2012 Six-part series featuring with twelve young dog owners with bad attitudes spend a week living with people who depend on dogs - some for their survival in extreme environments around the world, and others who depend on them for their jobs. Danielle Ward (narrator) No No
Planet Earth Live 2012 Series featuring live wildlife footage from across the globe. Julia Bradbury and Richard Hammond (presenter) No No
Secrets of Our Living Planet 2012 Biodiversity, ecosystems and the complex relationships between plants and animals. Also known as How Nature Works for international release. Chris Packham (presenter) Yes[84] Yes[85][86]
The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World 2012 An expedition team films nocturnal creatures in Central and South America. Andy Serkis (narrator), Gordon Buchanan (presenter), George McGavin (presenter) and Justine Evans (presenter) Yes[87] Yes[88][89]
Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 2012 Over three very personal films, David Attenborough looks back at the unparalleled changes in natural history that he has witnessed during his 60-year career. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[90][91] Yes[92][93]
Africa 2013 A six-part series that explores wildlife in Africa. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) Yes[94][95] Yes[96][97]
The Polar Bear Family & Me 2013 Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan follows a wild polar bear family over three seasons in Svalbard. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No Yes[98][99]
Wild Arabia 2013 A three-part series that explores the Arabian wildlife, landscape and people. Alexander Siddig (narrator) Yes[100] Yes[101][102]
Great Bear Stakeout 2013 Deep in Alaska an expert team of film-makers follow the astonishing lives of grizzly bears. Billy Connolly (narrator) No Yes[103][104]
Ice Age Giants 2013 A three-part series as it travels back to 20 000 years which follows the trail with the great beasts of the Ice Age in North America and Europe. Alice Roberts (presenter) No No
The Great British Year 2013 A portrait of the spectacular, dynamic nature of Britain over the course of one year. Also known as Wild Kingdom for international release. Joseph Fiennes (narrator) No Yes[105][106]
Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains 2013 Kate Humble and Simon King follow the animals living along Zambia's Luangwa River, from the last days of the longest dry season in memory to the arrival of the rains that will change everything. Also known as Countdown to the Rains for international release. Kate Humble (presenter), Simon King (presenter) No No
Animal Odd Couples 2013 Liz Bonnin sets off on a worldwide journey of discovery to find out why animals of different species make friends with each other, and even with humans. Liz Bonnin (presenter) No No
Dolphins - Spy in the Pod 2013 Series use hidden cameras to go into the heart of the dolphins' world, offering the chance to encounter dolphins up-close. David Tennant (narrator) Yes[107][108] No
Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom 2013 Scientists and film-makers travel to Burma to survey endangered wildlife, the first such expedition in 50 years. Paterson Joseph (narrator), Gordon Buchanan (presenter), Ross Piper (presenter), Justine Evans (presenter) No No
Wild Brazil 2014 Series documenting the lives of Brazil's most charismatic animals: jaguars, giant otters, coatis and tufted capuchins. Also known as Brazil Gone Wild for North America release. Stephen Mangan (narrator) No Yes[109][110]
Hidden Kingdoms 2014 Dramatized documentary series showing how diminutive animals experience the world from their perspective. Also known as Mini Monsters for Discovery Channel release. Stephen Fry (narrator) Yes[111] Yes[112][113]
Monkey Planet 2014 A global survey of the primate order. George McGavin (presenter) Yes[114][115] Yes[116][117]
The Wonder of Animals 2014 Series takes a in-depth look at nature's winners to reveal the secret of animals success. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Super Senses: The Secret Power of Animals 2014 A three-part series exploring the extraordinary world of animal senses. Helen Czerski and Patrick Aryee (presenters) No No
Wonders of the Monsoon 2014 A five-part landmark series exploring the effect of the monsoon on the wildlife of the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. Also known as Lands of the Monsoon for international release. Colin Salmon (narrator) Yes[118][119] Yes[120][121]
Life Story 2014 A six-part series following specific animals from birth to parenthood. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) Yes[122][123] Yes[124][125][126]
Snow Wolf Family & Me 2014 Gordon Buchanan travels to the remote Canadian Arctic in search of wolves that have never seen people. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No Yes[127][128]
Animals in Love 2015 Liz Bonnin sets out to explore how animals meet, mate and in some cases form lifelong relationships, shining a light on the extraordinary emotions that it seems animals are capable of. Liz Bonnin (presenter) No No
Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom 2015 A three-part series that looks at a year in Alaska, revealing the stories of pioneering Alaskans, both animal and human, as they battle the elements and reap the benefits of nature's seasonal gold rush. Also known as Wild Alaska for international release. Dougray Scott (narrator) No Yes[129][130]
Shark 2015 A three-part series on over thirty species of shark which shows how they hunt, their intricate social lives, courtship, growing up and the threats they face. Paul McGann (narrator) Yes[131][132] Yes[133][134][135]
Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands 2015 A three-part series about the natural world and wildlife of Japan's islands: Honshu, Hokkaido and the southernmost Islands. Also known as Wild Japan for international release. Michelle Dockery (narrator) No Yes[136][137]
Nature's Greatest Dancers 2015 A two-part series exploring the flamboyant, eye-catching and sometimes bizarre world of slick animal movers. Steve Backshall (narrator) No No
Animal Super Parents 2015 A two-part series revealing the weird and wonderful stories of some of the natural world's most incredible parents. Hugh Dennis (narrator) No No
Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth 2015 A three-part series exploring the Atlantic Ocean that stretches nearly 10,000 miles, from Arctic to Antarctic and from sun-drenched tropical reefs to crushing abyssal depths. Also known as Wild Atlantic for European release. Cillian Murphy (narrator) Yes[138][139] Yes[140][141]
Big Blue Live 2015 Series celebrates a wildlife success story and marine animal phenomenon in Monterey Bay, California. Also known as Big Blue: Monterey Bay for international release. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (presenter), Steve Backshall (presenter), Liz Bonnin (presenter), Matt Baker (presenter) No No
Big Blue UK 2015 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a team of marine enthusiasts follow the animals arriving and thriving in UK waters. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (presenter), Lindsey Chapman (presenter), Richard Taylor-Jones (presenter) No No
India: Nature's Wonderland 2015 Two-part series which travels to land of stunning wildlife, ancient cultures and extreme landscapes of India. Also known as Hidden India for international release. Liz Bonnin (presenter), Freida Pinto (presenter), Jon Gupta (presenter), Geraldine James (narrator, international version) No No
World's Weirdest Events 2015 Chris Packham travels fascinating journey to discover the answers to some of the strangest questions on the planet. Also known as Weird Wonders Season 1 for BBC America and Weird Wonders of the World Season 1 for international release. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise 2015 A three-part series exploring the landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia. Also known as Wild Patagonia for international release. Santiago Cabrera (narrator) No Yes[142][143]
Earth's Wildest Waters: The Big Fish 2015 Series follows the eight British fishermen by using their skills to the limit in six epic fishing locations across the world. Also known as The Big Catch for international release. Ben Fogle (presenter) No Yes[144][145]
The Hunt 2015 A six-part major landmark series that looks in detail at the fascinating relationship between predators and their prey. Rather than concentrating on 'the blood and guts' of predation, the series looks in unprecedented detail at the strategies predators use to catch their food and prey use to escape death. David Attenborough (narrator) and Alastair Fothergill (Executive producer) Yes[146][147] Yes[148][149][150]
Gorilla Family & Me 2015 Gordon Buchanan travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet a family of rare Grauer's gorillas. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No Yes[151][152]
World's Sneakiest Animals 2015 Chris Packham explore how amazing new science is showing that cheating happens in almost all species alive, and revealing how simple tricks have evolved into complex and amazing deceptions. Also known as Natural Born Hustlers for international and PBS release. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough 2015 David Attenborough visits to one of the most magical place on earth, the Great Barrier Reef. Also known as David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef for international release. David Attenborough (presenter) Yes[153][154] Yes[155][156]
Nature's Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution 2016 Professor Richard Fortey investigates why islands are natural laboratories of evolution and meets some of the unique and remarkable species that live on them. Richard Fortey (presenter) No No
Earth's Greatest Spectacles 2016 Set in three of the most seasonally changeable landscapes on earth, revealing the stunning processes that occur each year and showing how wildlife adapts to cope. Also known as Seasonal Wonderlands for some country release. Domhnall Gleeson (narrator) No No
Extreme Mountain Challenge 2016 Steve Backshall embarks on one of the most dramatic expeditions ever filmed as his mission is to ascend Venezuela's tepuis - ancient, sheer-sided mountains. Steve Backshall (presenter) No No
Life in the Air 2016 Documentary series exploring the remarkable animals from around the world that take to the air. Also known as SuperNature - Wild Flyers for PBS release. Suranne Jones (narrator) No Yes[157][158]
Into the Wild 2016 Gordon Buchanan takes some of our best-loved household names on a wildlife adventure where they get up close and personal with some of the UK's most iconic species. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
Nature's Epic Journeys 2016 Series follows three iconic animals on three of the world’s most breathtaking wildlife adventures. Each must overcome immense obstacles, from challenging terrain to hungry predators and sheer physical exhaustion. Also known as Nature's Great Migrations for international release, and Nature's Great Race for PBS release. Liz Bonnin (presenter) No Yes[159][160]
New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands 2016 A three part series which explores the island chain’s rich and intriguing wildlife that has resulted from 80 million years of isolation. Also known as Wild New Zealand for international release. Sam Neill (narrator) No Yes[161][162]
Earth's Seasonal Secrets 2016 Series follows each of the four seasons transforms to the world. Also known as Earth's Great Seasons for international release. Andrew Scott (narrator) No No
Animal Babies 2016 Three-part series follows young animals as they take their first steps and face their earliest challenges. Gordon Buchanan (narrator) No No
Wild West: America's Great Frontier 2016 Three-part series which explores the amazing ways nature has found to survive in the extremely testing land of the wild west. Also known as Wild West for international release. James Norton (narrator) No No
Planet Earth II 2016 Series reveals our planet from a completely new perspective by travelling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities which explores with the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) Yes[163][164][165] Yes[166][167][168]
Elephant Family & Me 2016 Gordon Buchanan follows a herd of elephants in the Kenyan wilderness. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise 2017 Three-part series which exploring the tropical paradise of Thailand. Also known as Wild Thailand for international release. Sophie Okonedo (narrator) No Yes[169][170]
Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer 2017 Kate Humble and Patrick Aryee experience wildlife dramas as they unfold at Yellowstone, it's home to North America's most iconic wildlife and every year these animals must survive one of the harshest seasonal changes - The Thaw. Also known as The Great American Thaw for international release, and Great Yellowstone Thaw for PBS release. Kate Humble (presenter) and Patrick Aryee (presenter) Yes[171] Yes[172][173]
Spy in the Wild 2017 Series of animatronic “spy creatures" to go undercover in the animal world to explore their complex behaviour. David Tennant (narrator) Yes[174][175] Yes[176]
Down the Mighty River 2017 Steve Backshall sets out to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia. Also known as Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challenge for international release. Steve Backshall (presenter) No Yes[177][178][179]
Wild Ireland: The Edge of the World 2017 Colin Stafford Johnson journeys along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so unique. Also known as Ireland's Wild Coast for PBS release. Colin Stafford Johnson (presenter) No No
Galápagos 2017 Liz Bonnin joins a scientific team on an expedition across the Galapagos Islands to carry out important research that will help protect the islands and their inhabitants. Also known as Mission Galapagos for international release. Liz Bonnin (narrator/presenter, UK version), Mark Bonnar (narrator, International version) Yes[180] No
Mexico: Earth's Festival of Life 2017 Three-part series which exploring with the astonishing wildlife, landscape and culture in three distinct worlds on the Mexico - great mountain ranges, tropical forests and scorching deserts. Also known as Wild Mexico for international release, and Wonders of Mexico for PBS release. Eliud Gabriel Porra (narrator) No Yes[181][182]
Wild Alaska Live 2017 Series focus with nature's greatest drama live as spectacular wildlife and top predators gather for more converge for Alaska's summer feast. Steve Backshall (presenter), Liz Bonnin (presenter), Matt Baker (presenter) No No
Mountain: Life at the Extreme 2017 Three-part series revealing the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world - Rockies, Himalaya and Andes. Also known as Mountains: Life Above the Clouds for international release, and Kingdoms of the Sky for PBS release. Dougie Henshall (narrator) No No
Blue Planet II 2017 From the intense heat of the tropics to the frozen poles, from the coastlines to the darkest parts of the ocean, the series explores different marine worlds and the challenges they present for the creatures that live there. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) Yes[183][184][185] Yes[186][187][188]
Big Cats 2018 Three-part series uncovering the secret lives of big cats, by using the latest technology and scientific research to bring these animal superstars out of the shadows. Bertie Carvel (narrator) Yes[190] Yes[191]
Animals with Cameras 2018 Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan joins with scientists to put cameras on animals. Together, they make extraordinary discoveries about the lives of some of the planet’s most fascinating species. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
Big Cats About the House 2018 A three-part series follows Giles Clark - where he embarks with the life at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent. Andrew Lincoln (narrator), Giles Clark (participant) No No
Animals Behaving Badly 2018 Liz Bonnin meets the animals using outlandish means to find a mate and raise a family, and reveals the fascinating science that lies behind these animal antics. Also known as Natural Born Rebels for international and PBS release. Liz Bonnin (presenter) No No
Extraordinary Rituals 2018 Three-part (UK version)/Four-part (International version) series explores the spectacular and emotional world of rituals. Also known as Rituals for international release. Simon Reeve (narrator, UK version), Matthew Gravelle (narrator, International version) No Yes [192]
Dynasties 2018 Series focus on the five extraordinary animals, where each animal battling against the odds for the future of their families. David Attenborough (narrator/presenter) TBC TBC

Single-running television productions[edit]

Series Title Year(s) Broadcast Subject Contributors DVD Release[a] Video Download[b]
Woolly Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice 2012 Professor Alice Roberts reveals the natural history of the most famous of ice age animals - the woolly mammoth. Alice Roberts (presenter) No No
24 Hours on Earth 2014 A day in the life of our planet. Matthew Macfadyen (narrator) No Yes[193][194]
Snow Chick - A Penguin's Tale 2015 Story follows of an emperor penguin chick's first precarious months of life as it grows up in the world's most extreme nursery. Kate Winslet (narrator) Yes[195][196] No
Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur 2016 David Attenborough follows the excavation of bone remains of a gigantic dinosaur in southern Argentina. Also known as Raising the Dinosaur Giant - as a part of Nature series for PBS release. David Attenborough (writer and presenter) No No
Life in the Snow 2016 Gordon Buchanan meets the animals who live in nature's winter wonderlands. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
Life in Polar Bear Town 2016 Gordon Buchanan travels to the town of Churchill on the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay, where packs of polar bears gather each Autumn for their winter hunt. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
Attenborough and the Giant Elephant 2017 David Attenborough investigates the remarkable life and death of Jumbo the elephant - one of the largest African elephant and many believed to be the biggest in the world. David Attenborough (writer and presenter) No No
Winter's Weirdest Events 2017 Chris Packham embarks on a fascinating journey to explain some of winter's weirdest events. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Reindeer Family and Me 2017 Gordon Buchanan travels to the frozen north, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to meet the ancient Sami people and the animals they hold so close - reindeer. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No No
The Real T-Rex 2018 Chris Packham embarks on a global journey to discover the astonishing truth behind the T. Rex, the animal that has endured centuries of scientific inaccuracy and Hollywood misrepresentation. Chris Packham (presenter) No No
Attenborough and the Sea Dragon 2018 David Attenborough explores the case of a newly-discovered ichthyosaur - a giant sea dragon that ruled the oceans when the dinosaurs ruled the land. David Attenborough (writer and presenter) No No
Drowning in Plastic 2018 Wildlife biologist Liz Bonnin investigates the scale of the plastic crisis in the ocean, and what it means for the future of all life on our planet. Liz Bonnin (narrator/presenter) No No

Long-running television productions[edit]

Series Title Year(s) Broadcast Subject Contributors DVD Release[a] Video Download[b]
Look 1955–1969 Weekly magazine show Peter Scott (introduced by), Desmond Hawkins (producer), Tony Soper (producer) and Jeffery Boswall (producer) No No
On Safari 1957–1965 Filming animals in East Africa Armand and Michaela Denis (presenter) No No
Undersea World of Adventure 1958–1960 Sea life Hans and Lotte Hass (presenter) and Tony Soper (producer) No No
Animal Magic 1962–1983 Weekly magazine show for children Johnny Morris (presenter) No No
Private Lives 1967–1970 Series on individual species including kingfisher, cuckoo and fox Jeffery Boswall (producer) No No
The World About Us 1967–1983 Weekly blue-chip documentary strand featuring NHU content Various No No
Wildlife on One 1977–2005 Weekly series profiling different animals David Attenborough (narrator) No No
Natural World 1983–present Weekly blue-chip documentary strand Various Yes[197][198][199]
The Really Wild Show 1986–2006 Weekly magazine show for children Terry Nutkins (presenter), Chris Packham (presenter), Michaela Strachan (presenter) and others No No
The Wildlife Specials 1995–2007 One-off profiles of individual species David Attenborough (narrator) Yes No
Big Cat Diary
Big Cat Week
Big Cat Live
1996–2008 Family lives of the Masai Mara's lions, leopards and cheetahs Jonathan Scott (presenter), Simon King (presenter) and Saba Douglas-Hamilton (presenter) and others Yes No
Birding with Bill Oddie 1997–2000 Birdwatching in the UK and abroad Bill Oddie (presenter) No No
Bill Oddie Goes Wild 2001–2003 Watching British wildlife Bill Oddie (presenter) No No
Wild Battlefields 2002–2003 How lions, polar bears, tiger sharks and wolves hunt their prey Sanjeev Bhaskar (narrator) No No
Amazon Abyss
Pacific Abyss
2002–2008 Expeditions exploring the deep oceans, the Amazon and the seas of Micronesia Kate Humble (presenter) and Mike deGruy (presenter) No No
Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife 2005–2006 Watching British wildlife Bill Oddie (presenter) Yes No
Coast 2005–2013 Journeying around Britain's coastline (additional material by the NHU) Nicholas Crane (presenter) and Neil Oliver (presenter) Yes No
2005–present Observing British wildlife in spring, autumn and winter Bill Oddie (presenter), Kate Humble (presenter), Simon King (presenter), Chris Packham (presenter), Martin Hughes-Games (presenter), Michaela Strachan (presenter) and others No No
Lost Land of the Jaguar
Lost Land of the Volcano
Lost Land of the Tiger
2008–2010 An expedition team explores various things Steve Backshall (presenter), Gordon Buchanan (presenter), Justine Evans (presenter) and George McGavin (presenter) Yes No
Deadly 60 2009–present Children's series tracking the world's deadliest animals Steve Backshall (presenter) Yes No
Nature's Weirdest Events 2012–present Investigations into strange happenings in the natural world Chris Packham (presenter) Yes[207][d] Yes[208][d]
Nature's Microworlds 2012–2013 Nature series which looks at some of the world's most iconic ecosystems Steve Backshall (narrator) No No
Nature's Miracle Orphans 2014-2016 Observational documentary series following orphaned baby animals and the dedicated people that rescue, rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. Ellie Harrison (presenter), Max Hug Williams (presenter), Lucy Cooke (presenter), Patrick Aryee (presenter) No No
Earth's Natural Wonders 2015-2018 Series which exploring natural wonders and examining what it takes to survive in some of the most extreme places on the planet. Olivia Colman (narrator, Series 1), Sophie Okonedo (narrator, Series 2) No No
Tribes, Predators & Me 2016-2017 Gordon Buchanan follows the world’s most remote tribes to observe how they live alongside with nature’s most deadly predators. Also known as Tribes, Animals & Me for international release. Gordon Buchanan (presenter) No Yes[209]

Feature film productions[edit]

Title Release Year Subject Contributors DVD Release
Deep Blue 2003 Feature-length version of The Blue Planet TV series. Michael Gambon (narrator), Alastair Fothergill (director) Yes
Earth 2007 Feature-length version of the Planet Earth TV series. Patrick Stewart (narrator), Alastair Fothergill (director), Mark Linfield (director) Yes
The Meerkats 2008 Follows the daily struggles for survival of a meerkat clan in the Kalahari Desert. Paul Newman (narrator), James Honeyborne (director) Yes
One Life 2011 Feature-length version of the Life TV series. Daniel Craig (narrator), Michael Gunton (director), Martha Holmes (director) Yes
Wings 2014 Feature-length version of the Earthflight TV series. David Tennant (narrator) Yes
Tiny Giants 2014 Feature-length version of the Hidden Kingdoms TV series. Stephen Fry (narrator), Michael Gunton (producer), Mark Brownlow (producer & director) Yes
Enchanted Kingdom 2014 Follows on a spell-binding journey through seven realms of Africa to reveal a natural world stranger, more magical, and more mystical than anything that people might imagine. Also known as Nature for European and Japanese release. Idris Elba (narrator), Patrick Morris (director), Neil Nightingale (producer & director) Yes
Wild Africa 2015 Follows with a spectacular trip through the most varied regions of the African continent: which gives a striking account of the impact of water on wild Africa and its animals. Helena Bonham Carter (narrator), Patrick Morris (director), Mike Slee (director), Neil Nightingale (producer & director) Yes
Earthflight 2016 Film follows with an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Cate Blanchett (narrator) No
Incredible Predators 2016 Feature-length version of The Hunt TV series. Alastair Fothergill (director) No
Earth: One Amazing Day 2017 Feature-length version of the Planet Earth II TV series. Robert Redford (narrator), Peter Webber (director), Lixin Fan (director), Richard Dale (director) Yes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c DVD & Blu Ray available at Amazon UK (Region 2).
  2. ^ a b c Video download available at iTunes UK, Amazon UK Instant Video, Microsoft Store UK or PlayStation Store UK.
  3. ^ Included as a bonus feature on the fifth disc in Planet Earth Special Edition set on DVD & Blu Ray
  4. ^ a b Series 1 only available on DVD and iTunes Store UK.


  1. ^ "The Blue Planet (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  2. ^ "The Life of Mammals (DVD)".
  3. ^ "The Life of Mammals (DVD Repackaged)".
  4. ^ "Wild Down Under (DVD)".
  5. ^ "British Isles: A Natural History (DVD)".
  6. ^ "Journey of Life (DVD)".
  7. ^ "Walking with Monsters (DVD)".
  8. ^ "Life in the Undergrowth (DVD)".
  9. ^ "Life in the Undergrowth (DVD Repackaged)".
  10. ^ "Life in the Undergrowth". iTunes Store UK.
  11. ^ "Life in the Undergrowth (Amazon Instant Video)".
  12. ^ "Planet Earth (DVD)".
  13. ^ "Planet Earth (Blu-ray)".
  14. ^ a b "Planet Earth Special Edition (DVD)".
  15. ^ a b "Planet Earth Special Edition (Blu-ray)".
  16. ^ "Planet Earth". iTunes Store UK.
  17. ^ "Planet Earth (Amazon Instant Video)".
  18. ^ "Planet Earth (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  19. ^ "Galápagos (DVD)".
  20. ^ "Galápagos (Blu-ray)".
  21. ^ "Wild Caribbean (DVD)".
  22. ^ "Ganges (DVD)".
  23. ^ "Ganges (Blu-ray)".
  24. ^ "The Nature of Britain (DVD)".
  25. ^ "Life in Cold Blood (DVD)".
  26. ^ "Life in Cold Blood (DVD Repackaged)".
  27. ^ "Life in Cold Blood". iTunes Store UK.
  28. ^ "Life in Cold Blood (Amazon Instant Video)".
  29. ^ "Tiger: Spy in the Jungle (DVD)".
  30. ^ "Wild China (DVD)".
  31. ^ "Wild China (Blu-ray)".
  32. ^ "Wild China". iTunes Store UK.
  33. ^ "Wild China (Amazon Instant Video)".
  34. ^ "Nature's Great Events (DVD)".
  35. ^ "Nature's Great Events (Blu-ray)".
  36. ^ "Nature's Great Events". iTunes Store UK.
  37. ^ "Nature's Great Events (Amazon Instant Video)".
  38. ^ "Yellowstone (DVD)".
  39. ^ "Yellowstone (Blu-ray)".
  40. ^ "Yellowstone". iTunes Store UK.
  41. ^ "South Pacific (DVD)".
  42. ^ "South Pacific (Blu-ray)".
  43. ^ "South Pacific". iTunes Store UK.
  44. ^ "South Pacific (Amazon Instant Video)".
  45. ^ "Life (DVD)".
  46. ^ "Life (Blu-ray)".
  47. ^ "Life". iTunes Store UK.
  48. ^ "Life (Amazon Instant Video)".
  49. ^ "Great Rift (DVD)".
  50. ^ "Great Rift (Blu-ray)".
  51. ^ "The Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart". iTunes Store UK.
  52. ^ "Great Rift: Africa's Wild Heart (Amazon Instant Video)".
  53. ^ "Mountain Gorilla (DVD)".
  54. ^ "Mountain Gorilla (Blu-ray)".
  55. ^ "The Bear Family & Me (DVD)".
  56. ^ "The Bear Family & Me". iTunes Store UK.
  57. ^ "The Bear Family & Me (Amazon Instant Video)".
  58. ^ "Human Planet (DVD)".
  59. ^ "Human Planet (Blu-ray)".
  60. ^ "Human Planet". iTunes Store UK.
  61. ^ "Human Planet (Amazon Instant Video)".
  62. ^ "Madagascar (DVD)".
  63. ^ "Madagascar (Blu-ray)".
  64. ^ "Madagascar". iTunes Store UK.
  65. ^ "Madagascar (Amazon Instant Video)".
  66. ^ "Ocean Giants". iTunes Store UK.
  67. ^ "Ocean Giants (Amazon Instant Video)".
  68. ^ "Nature's Miracle Babies (DVD)".
  69. ^ "Nature's Miracle Babies". iTunes Store UK.
  70. ^ "Nature's Miracle Babies (Amazon Instant Video)".
  71. ^ "Frozen Planet (DVD)".
  72. ^ "Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)".
  73. ^ "Frozen Planet". iTunes Store UK.
  74. ^ "Frozen Planet (Amazon Instant Video)".
  75. ^ "Planet Dinosaur (DVD)".
  76. ^ "Planet Dinosaur (Blu-ray)".
  77. ^ "Planet Dinosaur 3D: Ultimate Killers (Blu-ray)".
  78. ^ "Planet Dinosaur". iTunes Store UK.
  79. ^ "Planet Dinosaur (Amazon Instant Video)".
  80. ^ "Great Barrier Reef (DVD)".
  81. ^ "Great Barrier Reef (Blu-ray)".
  82. ^ "Great Barrier Reef". iTunes Store UK.
  83. ^ "Great Barrier Reef (Amazon Instant Video)".
  84. ^ "Secrets of our Living Planet (DVD)".
  85. ^ "Secrets of our Living Planet". iTunes Store UK.
  86. ^ "Secrets of our Living Planet (Amazon Instant Video)".
  87. ^ "The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World (DVD)".
  88. ^ "The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World". iTunes Store UK.
  89. ^ "The Dark: Nature's Nighttime World (Amazon Instant Video)".
  90. ^ "Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild (DVD & UV copy)".
  91. ^ "Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild (Blu-ray)".
  92. ^ "Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild". iTunes Store UK.
  93. ^ "Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild (Amazon Instant Video)".
  94. ^ "Africa (DVD)".
  95. ^ "Africa (Blu-ray)".
  96. ^ "Africa". iTunes Store UK.
  97. ^ "Africa (Amazon Instant Video)".
  98. ^ "The Polar Bear Family & Me". iTunes Store UK.
  99. ^ "The Polar Bear Family & Me (Amazon Instant Video)".
  100. ^ "Wild Arabia (DVD)".
  101. ^ "Wild Arabia". iTunes Store UK.
  102. ^ "Wild Arabia (Amazon Instant Video)".
  103. ^ "Great Bear Stakeout". iTunes Store UK.
  104. ^ "Great Bear Stakeout (Amazon Instant Video)".
  105. ^ "The Great British Year". iTunes Store UK.
  106. ^ "The Great British Year (Amazon Instant Video)".
  107. ^ "Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (DVD)".
  108. ^ "Dolphins: Spy in the Pod (Blu-ray)".
  109. ^ "Wild Brazil". iTunes Store UK.
  110. ^ "Wild Brazil (Amazon Instant Video)".
  111. ^ "Hidden Kingdoms (DVD)".
  112. ^ "Hidden Kingdoms". iTunes Store UK.
  113. ^ "Hidden Kingdoms (Amazon Instant Video)".
  114. ^ "Monkey Planet (DVD)".
  115. ^ "Monkey Planet (Blu-ray)".
  116. ^ "Monkey Planet". iTunes Store UK.
  117. ^ "Monkey Planet (Amazon Instant Video)".
  118. ^ "Wonders of the Monsoon (DVD)".
  119. ^ "Wonders of the Monsoon (Blu-ray)".
  120. ^ "Wonders of the Monsoon". iTunes Store UK.
  121. ^ "Wonders of the Monsoon (Amazon Instant Video)".
  122. ^ "Life Story (DVD)".
  123. ^ "Life Story (Blu-Ray)".
  124. ^ "Life Story". iTunes Store UK.
  125. ^ "Life Story (Amazon Instant Video)".
  126. ^ "Life Story (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  127. ^ "Snow Wolf Family & Me". iTunes Store UK.
  128. ^ "Snow Wolf Family & Me (Amazon Instant Video)".
  129. ^ "Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom". iTunes Store UK.
  130. ^ "Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom (Amazon Instant Video)".
  131. ^ "Shark (DVD)".
  132. ^ "Shark (Blu-ray)".
  133. ^ "Shark". iTunes Store UK.
  134. ^ "Shark (Amazon Instant Video)".
  135. ^ "Shark (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  136. ^ "Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands". iTunes Store UK.
  137. ^ "Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands (Amazon Instant Video)".
  138. ^ "Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth (DVD)".
  139. ^ "Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth (Blu-ray)".
  140. ^ "Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth". iTunes Store UK.
  141. ^ "Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth (Amazon Instant Video)".
  142. ^ "Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise". iTunes Store UK.
  143. ^ "Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise (Amazon Instant Video)".
  144. ^ "Earth's Wildest Waters: The Big Fish". iTunes Store UK.
  145. ^ "Earth's Wildest Waters: The Big Fish (Amazon Instant Video)".
  146. ^ "The Hunt (DVD)".
  147. ^ "The Hunt (Blu-ray)".
  148. ^ "The Hunt". iTunes Store UK.
  149. ^ "The Hunt (Amazon Instant Video)".
  150. ^ "The Hunt (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  151. ^ "Gorilla Family & Me". iTunes Store UK.
  152. ^ "Gorilla Family & Me (Amazon Instant Video)".
  153. ^ "David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef (DVD)".
  154. ^ "David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef (Blu-ray)".
  155. ^ "Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough". iTunes Store UK.
  156. ^ "Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (Amazon Instant Video)".
  157. ^ "Life in the Air". iTunes Store UK.
  158. ^ "Life in the Air (Amazon Instant Video)".
  159. ^ "Nature's Epic Journeys". iTunes Store UK.
  160. ^ "Nature's Epic Journeys (Amazon Instant Video)".
  161. ^ "New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands". iTunes Store UK.
  162. ^ "New Zealand: Earth's Mythical Islands (Amazon Instant Video)".
  163. ^ "Planet Earth II (DVD)".
  164. ^ "Planet Earth II (Blu-ray)".
  165. ^ "Planet Earth II (4K UHD Blu-Ray + Blu-Ray)".
  166. ^ "Planet Earth II". iTunes Store UK.
  167. ^ "Planet Earth II (Amazon Instant Video)".
  168. ^ "Planet Earth II (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  169. ^ "Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise". iTunes Store UK.
  170. ^ "Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise (Amazon Instant Video)".
  171. ^ "Yellowstone - Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (DVD)".
  172. ^ "Yellowstone - Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer". iTunes Store UK.
  173. ^ "Yellowstone - Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer (Amazon Instant Video)".
  174. ^ "Spy in the Wild (DVD)".
  175. ^ "Spy in the Wild (Blu-ray)".
  176. ^ "Spy in the Wild (Amazon Instant Video)".
  177. ^ "Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall". iTunes Store UK.
  178. ^ "Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall (Amazon Instant Video)".
  179. ^ "Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  180. ^ "Galapagos by Liz Bonnin (DVD)".
  181. ^ "Mexico: Earth's Festival of Life". iTunes Store UK.
  182. ^ "Mexico: Earth's Festival of Life (Amazon Instant Video)".
  183. ^ "Blue Planet II (DVD)".
  184. ^ "Blue Planet II (Blu-Ray)".
  185. ^ "Blue Planet II (4K UHD Blu-Ray + Blu-Ray)".
  186. ^ "Blue Planet II". iTunes Store UK.
  187. ^ "Blue Planet II (Amazon Instant Video)".
  188. ^ "Blue Planet II (Microsoft Video)". Microsoft Store UK.
  189. ^ "Blue Planet II (PlayStation Video)". PlayStation Store UK.
  190. ^ "Big Cats (DVD)".
  191. ^ "Big Cats". iTunes Store UK.
  192. ^ "Extraordinary Rituals". iTunes Store UK.
  193. ^ "24 Hours on Earth". iTunes Store UK.
  194. ^ "24 Hours on Earth (Amazon Instant Video)".
  195. ^ "Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale (DVD)".
  196. ^ "Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale (Blu-ray)".
  197. ^ "Natural World - On The Trail Of Tarka (DVD)".
  198. ^ "Natural World - The Bear Man Of Kamchatka (DVD)".
  199. ^ "Natural World - 2007 BBC Collection (DVD)".
  200. ^ "Natural World - Snow Leopard (DVD)".
  201. ^ "Natural World - Earth Pilgrim (DVD)".
  202. ^ "Natural World: Badgers - Secrets of the Sett (DVD)".
  203. ^ "Natural World: Lobo - The Wolf that Changed America (DVD)".
  204. ^ "Natural World - 2010 BBC Collection (Blu-ray)".
  205. ^ "Natural World - The David Attenborough Collection (DVD)".
  206. ^ "Natural World - The David Attenborough Collection (Blu-ray)".
  207. ^ "Nature's Weirdest Events Series 1 (DVD)".
  208. ^ "Nature's Weirdest Events (Series 1)". iTunes Store UK.
  209. ^ "Tribes, Predators & Me (Series 1)". iTunes Store UK.

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