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The Living Planet

1984 ,    » 20 Comments
Ratings: 8.80/10 from 25 users.

The Living PlanetOriginally broadcast in 1984, The Living Planet was an ambitious 12-part documentary that spanned the globe with portraits of each of the major geographical regions that offer a home to life.

Attenborough demonstrates how even in the most hostile of environments, from the volcanic Furnaces of the Earth to The Frozen World of mountains and tundra, the Arctic and Antarctic, live maintains a foothold.

He takes us to The Northern Forests, the Jungle, Seas of Grass, and The Baking Deserts and, ever the genial host, details how, in all its endless diversity, life is ingeniously suited to its surroundings.

Through breathtaking imagery we meet our fellow inhabitants, from penguins to polar bears, lions to scorpions, oaks to eagles, and journey on to The Open Ocean and the New Worlds, which mankind itself is rapidly fashioning through ever more radical technological change. The series ends with an impassioned environmental plea that rings even more urgent now than in 1984.

20 Comments / User Reviews

  1. q_bit

    Now theres a bit of nature doco nostalgia. I've still got my copy of the companion book to the series that Attenborough autographed for me. As surely the greatest ever populariser of the science and appreciation of wildlife and the biosphere as a whole, he's one of the Earth's true heroes. :)

    This upload is in the wrong aspect ratio though. :(

  2. Irishkev
  3. Irishkev

    Yeah Man, I still have Life on Earth, amazing book. Wouldn't worry about the picture, with Mr Attenborough it's all about the voice.

  4. Guest
  5. Guest

    Mr A. looks so young. I remember this series well and was surprised to see how old it is, I was 12. Still utterly beautiful and well worth a watch if only for the man. He's back now with The Frozen Planet, joy!

  6. q_bit
  7. q_bit

    Heh, sure, his voice is key, but he now showing us a worldful of fat animals. ;)

  8. Yavanna
  9. Yavanna

    If any of you are in the UK or otherwise have access to up to date BBC programmes: David Attenborough has narrated the latest nature doc called "The frozen planet." Awesome cinematography and D.A is on location at both the North and the South pole albeit briefly during the first episode. The man is a phenomenon! I just wish I had just a small percentage of his constitution.

  10. Yi Wen Qian
  11. Yi Wen Qian

    Lol, yep, fat! Damn stretched frames... I'm so use to these HD films that I forgot what documentaries originally look like lol.

  12. Irishkev
  13. Irishkev


  14. Sam Adams
  15. Sam Adams

    Granted the time this was made, I would still rate it a wonderful program! Definitely worth the watch and it just goes to show that fancy computer graphics don't make a quality program but having David Attenborough narrate never hurts :)

  16. Sam Haslam
  17. Sam Haslam

    In the second documentary in the playlist, which is largely about life at the poles, it's interesting to note that, despite showing animated illustrations highlighting the fact we are in a sustaining period of warming, the term nor the concept of global warming isn't mentioned once. Makes one wonder/think. Fabulous films all the same.

  18. Yi Wen Qian
  19. Yi Wen Qian

    That's because only in 1980s, the mean annual temperature was accepted to be warmer and rising. Originally it was expected that another ice age should be upon us. This was made in 1984. The science that supported global warming as a result of carbon emissions didn't come to light till 1990s, which lead to the Kyoto agreement in 1998. The rest I think most people already knows.

  20. lex lexich
  21. lex lexich


  22. J
  23. J

    I can't download or even see the documentaries, I live in Iran. what do I have to do

  24. Emil 'Djemalo' Solano
  25. Emil 'Djemalo' Solano

    get a iP re-routing program from google or something

  26. David Santiago
  27. David Santiago

    No choice, get a IP address in america (payed for) or a IP address program... IP ghosting blocking etc.

  28. wheelnut53
  29. wheelnut53

    Thank Goodness this is still here

  30. Secretagent667
  31. Secretagent667

    I don't even need the visual content.

  32. Sumeetha Ayyappan
  33. Sumeetha Ayyappan

    is there any way to download if then please let me know

  34. Noel David
  35. Noel David

    Download "Realplayer" programe from the net. Play the movie and move the cursor over the screen, you will see an icon of "Realplayer" suggesting you to download that video.

  36. abner holtiton
  37. abner holtiton

    Youtube downloader.. Some docs here are on youtube just use google if some doc dont work and you'll find from youtube, google vids etc..

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