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First Air Date: March 5th, 2006
Last Air Date: December 10th, 2006
Created By: David Attenborough, Vanessa Berlowitz, Gary Parker
Star Casts: David Attenborough
Aired On: BBC One
Episode Runtime: 60 minutes
Total Seasons: 1 Season
Total Episodes: 11 Episodes
Type: Miniseries
Status: Ended
Homepage: BBC One - Planet Earth

Last Updated: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:53:58 +0000

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Planet Earth


David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.

Seasons and Episodes

Specials (32 Episodes)

1: Diaries-Eye in the Sky

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2: Diaries-Snow Leopard Quest

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3: Diaries-Diving with Piranhas

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4: Diaries-Into the Abyss

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5: Diaries-Wild Camel Chase

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6: Diaries-Alive in the Freezer

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7: Diaries-Shot in the Dark

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8: Diaries-Trouble in Paradise

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9: Diaries-Shark Quest

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10: Diaries-Forest Fliers

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11: Diaries-Ocean Wanderers

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12: Extremes

Highlights the extreme conditions endured by those filiming "Planet Earth." From the Blu-Ray series.

13: Technology

Describes technology used to film Planet Earth including specialized airplanes and night vision cameras. From the Blu-Ray version.

14: Danger

Highlights the dangerous situations the filmers of "Planet Earth' experienced while making this series. From the Blu-Ray series.

15: Capturing the Moment

Highlights the extreme care the film crews had to take while filming "Planet Earth." Also shows how sometimes care was not enough--luck was also key. From the Blu-Ray series.

16: Diaries Part I

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17: Diaries Part II

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18: Saving Species - Aired: 2006-11-26

Saving Species asks if there really is an extinction crisis facing certain species. Alastair Fothergill, executive producer of Planet Earth, admits that making the series was a bittersweet experience since some creatures were filmed with the knowledge that their continued existence is under threat.

19: Into the Wilderness - Aired: 2006-12-03

The second part looks at man's potential effect on the world's areas of wilderness. As the human population has grown, only a quarter of Earth's land now remains uninhabited (aside from Antarctica). Although around 12% is protected, this may not be enough — providing such places are not just 'enclosures' and bordering territories are also managed. Ethiopia's Semien Mountains are increasingly encroached upon for farming land, and this example leads to the question of overpopulation. Some interviewees argue that it is not just about numbers: how humans consume their natural resources is also important.

20: Living Together - Aired: 2006-12-10

The last episode deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example.

21: Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth - Aired: 2008-01-04

Originally aired under BBC Natural World Collection. The BBC Natural History Unit explores a secret cave deep in the mountains of Pakistan where generations of snow leopards return each year to raise their young.

22: Secrets of the Maya Underworld

The freshwater pools that dot Mexico's Yucatan peninsula were believed by the Mayans to be portals to the underworld. For the first time ever, the BBC Natural History Unit explores this incredible, labyrinthine system of underground rivers.

23: Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert

Follow the struggle for survival of two female elephants trying to raise their young in one of the harshest climates on Earth.

24: Desert Lions - Aired: 2007-05-30

Originally aired under BBC Natural World Collection. Many years ago lions thrived in the deserts of Namibia's Skeleton Coast, until they were exterminated by man. Six years ago maverick biologist Flip Stander discovered a tiny remnant population alive and well in nearby mountains, and started to study them. Their numbers have grown and they are now returning to the desert in increasing numbers. But if these lions are to continue roaming here, Flip will have to persuade local people that these lions are worth more alive than dead.

25: Great Planet Earth Moments

The Planet Earth team reveal their most memorable moments from the making of the series. We'll discover their high points, and their not so high points. And they'll tell us which sequences they consider to be their great Planet Earth moments. From the

26: The Making Of The Series - Aired: 2007-01-07

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27: Episode 27 - Aired: 2017-01-01

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28: Episode 28 - Aired: 2017-01-08

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29: Episode 29 - Aired: 2017-01-15

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30: Episode 30 - Aired: 2017-01-22

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31: Episode 31 - Aired: 2017-01-29

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32: Episode 32 - Aired: 2017-02-05

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Season 1 (11 Episodes)

1: From Pole to Pole - Aired: 2006-03-05

A global tour examining the behaviors of animals and revealing the effects of climate change on their environments.

2: Mountains - Aired: 2006-03-12

An exploration of the world's major mountain ranges and the habitats they create.

3: Freshwater - Aired: 2006-03-19

Fresh water makes up only three percent of the world's available water, yet it is necessary for all land animals to survive. An exploration of rivers, and lakes and of the animals that benefit from their presence.

4: Caves - Aired: 2006-03-26

Although often overlooked, caves are remarkable habitats with bizarre wildlife. Explore the structures created inside the earth as well as the adaptations animals have made to thrive in these environments.

5: Deserts - Aired: 2006-04-01

Despite the lack of rain, deserts are the most varied of our ecosystems. In fact, about thirty percent of the earth's land surface is covered in desert. Explore the unique conditions present in deserts as well as the survival mechanisms developed by the animals that inhabit them

6: Ice Worlds - Aired: 2006-11-05

Experience life in the most hostile corners of the planet by exploring the terrain, seasons, and animals of the Arctic and Antarctic.

7: Great Plains - Aired: 2006-11-12

This episode deals with savanna, steppe, tundra, prairie, and looks at the importance and resilience of grasses in such treeless ecosystems. Their vast expanses contain the largest concentration of animal life. Over Africa's savanna, a swarm of 1.5 billion red-billed queleas are caught on camera, the largest flock of birds ever depicted.

8: Jungles - Aired: 2006-11-19

Jungles cover roughly three percent of our planet yet contain fifty percent of the world's species. Experience the countless flora and fauna that inhabit these unique areas.

9: Shallow Seas - Aired: 2006-11-26

A look at the shallow seas of the earth, from coral reefs to kelp forests and beyond.

10: Seasonal Forests - Aired: 2006-12-03

A look at the plants and animals that call Earth's deciduous forests home.

11: Ocean Deep - Aired: 2006-12-10

An exploration of the deepest, darkest realms of the ocean, spanning countless species to a depth of 2,000 meters