100 BBC Natural History Unit Shows

by jordanhores | created - 24 Feb 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

This list is a list of TV shows produced by BBC Earth/Natural History Unit of nature shows. No specific ranking. *=DVD release

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2. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,440

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3. The Living Planet (1984– )

660 min | Documentary

David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,713

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5. Supersense (1988– )

Documentary

Smell your way across an ocean as a salmon does. See, through the multi-aspected eye of a fly, what a human hand looks like when it is about to strike. Amazing effects reveal the secrets of animal perception.

Votes: 18

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6. The Trials of Life (1990– )

Documentary

Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,487

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8. Realms of the Russian Bear (1992 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Adventure

A natural history of the former USSR.

Star: Nikolay Drozdov

Votes: 26

9. Life in the Freezer (1993– )

30 min | Documentary

Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,320

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10. David Attenborough Wildlife Specials (1995– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Occasional series of one-off documentaries, each examining the lifestyle of a particular animal.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 572

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11. The Private Life of Plants (1995– )

292 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,345

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12. Land of the Tiger (1997– )

Documentary

'When I came here and saw the tigers for the first time, in this incredibly historic setting, it just mesmerized me and I suppose at some level, I fell in love,' said Valmik Thapar. The ... See full summary »

Star: Valmik Thapar

Votes: 21

13. The Life of Birds (1998– )

TV-PG | 489 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,529

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15. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 4,819

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16. David Attenborough Wildlife Specials (1995– )
Episode: Lions: Spy in the Den (2000)

TV-PG | 59 min | Documentary

Introducing 'Bouldercam' - a revolutionary remote camera device that boldly goes where no camera has gone before - right into the heart of a lion pride.

Director: John Downer | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 124

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17. State of the Planet (2000– )

147 min | Documentary

David Attenborough investigates the latest scientific research to discover whether or not there is a global environmental crisis, and, if so, what solutions there are to it.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 671

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18. Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special (2000 TV Movie)

29 min | Documentary

The first half of this special is a recreation of Al's life, from birth through his death in adolescence.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks

Votes: 1,109

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19. Andes to Amazon (2000– )

Documentary

Andes to Amazon is an exploration of the exciting, diverse and unique wildlife that inhabits the dramatic landscapes of the vast South American continent. It's a land of great extremes, ... See full summary »

Votes: 35

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21. The Blue Planet (2001)

TV-G | 389 min | Documentary

Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Jason Roberts

Votes: 29,068

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22. Wild Africa (2001– )

Documentary

Wild Africa is a nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the African continent. The series comprises six episodes. Each concentrates on a particular environment. The ... See full summary »

Star: Fergal Keane

Votes: 360

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23. Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Documentary

Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Stockard Channing, Larry Agenbroad, Frank Fish

Votes: 2,353

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24. The Life of Mammals (2002–2003)

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,636

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25. Congo (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary

Three part documentary series looking at the natural history of the Congo.

Director: Brian Leith | Star: John Lynch

Votes: 26

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27. Wild Down Under (2003)

Documentary

A journey through space and time to reveal Australasia's natural wonders. Each episode is a detective story, delving into Australasia's hidden secrets to explain why its wildlife is so ... See full summary »

Star: Matt Day

Votes: 45

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28. Elephants: Spy in the Herd (2003 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

Elephants: Spy In The Herd provides the most intimate portrayal of the everyday life of an elephant herd. Narrated by David Attenborough and filmed over a year, throughout the program the ... See full summary »

Director: John Downer | Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 148

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29. Jungle (2003– )

60 min | Documentary

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Star: Charlotte Uhlenbroek

Votes: 28

30. Bears: Spy in the Woods (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Bears around the globe were observed in their natural habitat using specially designed and disguised cameras.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 180

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31. British Isles: A Natural History (2004– )

480 min | Documentary

This is a compelling 8 part documentary that examines the evolution of the British Isles - its landscape and wildlife that have evolved through climatic, geological and human change.

Star: Alan Titchmarsh

Votes: 53

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32. The Nile (2004 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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Star: Michael Gough

Votes: 32

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33. Dragons Alive (2004– )

PG | 147 min | Documentary

Consists of three documentaries: Ruling Reptiles, Smart Reptiles and Future Reptiles.

Star: Lloyd Owen

Votes: 26

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34. Wild Europe (2005– )

50 min | Documentary

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Star: Sean Pertwee

Votes: 121

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35. Journey of Life (2005– )

300 min | Documentary

The 5 x 60 minute programs cover the story of evolution, from the beginning of time to where we find ourselves today - the individual program titles being Seas Of Life, Land Grab, Airborne, Living Together and Human Life.

Star: Steve Leonard

Votes: 111

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36. Walking with Monsters (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

A 90-minute documentary about life before the dinosaurs.

Star: Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 1,590

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37. Life in the Undergrowth (2005– )

50 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 3,291

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38. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 151,930

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39. Galápagos (2006– )

180 min | Documentary

The history of these beautiful Islands from their creation as uprising lava to their being studied by Darwin to their modern day inhabitants.

Stars: Tilda Swinton, Richard Wollocombe, Tom Hiddleston, Stacy Keach

Votes: 1,209

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40. Wild Caribbean (2007– )

50 min | Documentary

Wild Caribbean is a four-part nature documentary series exploring the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands and Sea.

Star: Steve Toussaint

Votes: 118

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41. Saving Planet Earth (2007 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary

Ex-SAS hero Chris Ryan follows the plight of three endangered species in North East England - the hen harrier, the adder and the red squirrel.

Director: Sohail Shah | Star: Chris Ryan

42. Ganges (2007 TV Movie)

148 min | Documentary

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Star: Sudha Bhuchar

Votes: 196

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44. Tiger: Spy in the Jungle (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

David Attenborough narrates the lives of four growing tiger cubs using footage collected by hidden-camera-carrying elephants. Over two years, the elephants help capture the most intimate portrayal of tigers ever filmed.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 551

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45. Life in Cold Blood (2008)

Documentary

A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,483

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46. Wild China (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.

Star: Bernard Hill

Votes: 2,484

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47. Yellowstone (2009– )

50 min | Documentary

Filmed over the course of a year in Yellowstone, this documentary tracks the area's wildlife as they grapple with life and death within one of America's last remaining wilderness regions.

Stars: Peter Firth, Jeff Henry, Dick Powell, Mary Beth Schwartz

Votes: 1,579

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48. Wild Pacific (2009– )

353 min | Documentary

A documentary series on life in and adapted to the conditions of the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean, a vast aquatic region with an unequaled number of islands. Both wildlife and human ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Rowe, Richard Wollocombe, Mark Brownlow

Votes: 2,114

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