Watch David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials

"David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials" is a series of nature documentaries made in the UK. So far, there 22 have been made, and David Attenborough narrated the first 18, while David Tennant narrated the remaining four. Each special would focus on a single type of animal. The first documentary, which was made in 1995, was about great white sharks, while the latest Attenborough special featured tigers.

1 Season, 10 Episodes
November 26, 1997
Nature, Documentary & Biography
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David Attenborough: Wildlife Specials Full Episode Guide

  • Produced by award winning film maker John Downer and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, 'Lion Spy - In the Den' uses the state of the art bouldercam and other pioneering techniques to transport us right to the heart of a pride of lions. When a lion charges, the viewers charge with it, when it rests, we lie alongside. This ground breaking production elevates the genre of natural history film making by pulling the viewer into the heart of the experience.

  • Filming 14,000 feet high in the Himalayas, in the Gobi desert and of course in North America, 'Grizzly - Nature's Entrepreneur' meets the most intelligent and adaptable of the worlds eight species of bear. This epic production, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, reveals the bears curiosity, playfulness and fighting prowess and its important role in the survival of their environment.

  • The celebrated naturalist treks across the globe to show us the incredible biodiversity that surrounds us throughout the seasons, including Japanese cranes in late winter, Alaskan grizzly bears in the summer and African wildebeest in the fall.

  • Attenborough tours all seven continents to bring us glimpses of the earth's greatest natural wonders and explain how they were formed. Locations include Death Valley in California, the ice caves of Europe and Angel Falls in South America.

  • Constant persecution throughout the ages has caused wolves to avoid contact with humans. Attenborough travels to Canada, Romania and the Arctic to examine these misunderstood beasts' true nature as tender, loyal caretakers.

  • The oft-romanticized songs of the humpback whale are revealed for what they really are: a blunt instrument in the war for sexual dominance, as the bulls of the species engage in combat that sometimes puts females and their calves in danger.

  • New techniques in cinematography allow us to soar with eagles, observing their predatory capabilities and aerial attacks on everything from monkeys to kangaroos. Attenborough also affords us an unexpected glimpse of the awesome bird's nurturing side.

  • State-of-the-art technology allows us unprecedented access to the nocturnal world of leopards, creatures that rely on their sharp senses of smell and hearing to capture prey. Rare glimpses of domestic life also shed light on mating and rearing cubs.

  • Dive below the surface to get an up-close glimpse at crocodiles, the seemingly lethargic lumps that can suddenly spring into lethal action, overwhelming prey in an instant. But these crocs also share their softer, more social side with the cameras.

  • Regarded by many as one of the most fearsome predators in existence, the polar bear comes into focus, up close and personal. Attenborough shows us both the savagery of their hunting techniques and the tenderness of their familial relationships.

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