"Our planet may be home to 30 million different kinds of animals and plants, each individual locked in its own lifelong fight for survival." narrates David Attenborough in the opening episode of a major new BBC nature documentary series called Life.
More than four years in the making, filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, LIFE uses cutting-edge High Definition cinematic techniques to capture the life-or-death struggles, sex, violence, emotion and beauty of life in the wild.
The landmark series, which began airing in Britain last month, is comprised of ten episodes and is reported to have cost over $20 million to produce.
In Canada, Life will premiere on Discovery Channel and Discovery HD this coming Sunday November 15th at 8pm ET.
The following is an overview of when you can expect to see each episode and what you can expect to see.
LIFE: “Challenges of Life”
Sun., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sun., Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Animals and plants must do extraordinary things in order to survive and reproduce. Witness amazing sights, captured at 1,000 frames per second: capuchin monkeys smashing open palm nuts with stone “hammers”; hippos launching from the water into the air; and chameleons stealing prey from a spider’s web. Sprint with cheetahs as they band together to tackle ostriches; watch dolphins form perfect rings of silt to trap fish, and swim with a seal as it struggles to escape attacking killer whales amongst the ice of Antarctica.
LIFE: “Reptiles and Amphibians”
Sun., Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/10p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sun., Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery HD
From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body along with sophisticated behaviours to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread. See Komodo dragons hunting buffalo; sea snakes with one of the most toxic venoms in the world that breed in caves; the seemingly suicidal leaps of a waterfall toad; the tender giant African bull frog that digs water channels to save not only its own young, but that of others too; and lizards that can walk on water.
Thurs., Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
New filming techniques reveal behaviour that was previously impossible to capture in extreme locations. Fly amongst one of the largest migrations on Earth, as more than ten million fruit bats leave the Congo basin and converge in a few special trees in Zambia to feed; sprint with the tiny, extraordinary-looking sengis as it escapes a predatory lizard; see 30 polar bears gather to feed on a bowhead whale carcass; and witness the biggest fight on Earth…male humpback whales battling for a female.
Thurs., Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Fish can fly, sense electricity, swim at over 160kph and even walk on land. From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish. See “sarcastic fringe-heads” fighting for their homes; hunt with sailfish; glide with flying fish; enter the secret world of courting sea-dragons; and even join the epic journey of the tiny, cliff-climbing gobies.
Thurs., Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Birds are supremely adaptable, capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature, running on water in pursuit of love and even of building intricate structures.
Thurs., Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Insects are the most diverse animal group on the planet. They possess fearsome weapons, yet can display surprising tenderness and sophisticated behaviour.
LIFE: “Hunters and Hunted”
Thurs., Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Every day in jungles, grasslands, deserts and frozen wastelands, battles are fought, won and lost between carnivores and their prey.
LIFE: “Creatures of the Deep”
Thurs., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Using specially developed underwater tracking time-lapse techniques, LIFE takes a journey to the unchartered corners of the ocean.
Thurs., Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
The drama of the plant world is impossible to view with the naked eye. But using the latest time-lapse technology, all is revealed.
Fri., Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel
Sat., Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery HD
Primates are uniquely intelligent – engaging in problem solving, communication, tool use and intimate social interplay.