Nature's Great Events, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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Narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events, and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth, with all the emotion, intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary, this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate. Each episode is set in a different part of the world — from the great flood of the Okavango delta to the plankton blooms of the Pacific Ocean, and from the Indian monsoon to the race for survival triggered by the annual Arctic melt — and shows how immense natural forces, often starting thousands of miles away, drive a chain reaction that culminates in a spectacular wildlife event. For some animals, it's a window of opportunity, but for others, it's the most dangerous time of their lives. Follow their emotional, involving stories to a dramatic climax where their fate will be revealed.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Melt||The summer melt of Arctic ice provides opportunities for millions of animals, including narwhal, beluga whales, families of Arctic foxes and vast colonies of seabirds.||49:41||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Salmon Run||A spectacular natural event takes place in North America every year as hundreds of millions of salmon return from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain streams where they were born.||49:18||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Migration||We follow the moving story of one lion family's struggle to survive until the return of the great migration.||49:18||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Tide||A mighty army of dolphins, sharks, whales, seals and gannets hunt down billions of sardines along South Africa's east coast each winter.||49:00||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Flood||The Great Flood in the Okavango turns 4000 square miles of arid plains into a beautiful wetland.||49:25||£2.49||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Great Feast||Every summer in the seas off Alaska humpback whales, sea lions and killer whales depend on an explosion of plant life, the plankton bloom.||49:04||£2.49||View In iTunes|
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Natures Great Events: The Great Melt
What an amazing programme, I couldn't take my eyes of it watching the Salmons journey and all they faced. What a brave camera man filming those bears, they looked like giant teddy bears but with sharp teeth and claws. So surprised they didn't see man as a threat. Loved watching them almost dancing in the water trying to kick up the salmon from the bottom of the river. Kinda felt sorry for the salmon but incredible watching those bears. Def a must to see nature at its best so unspoiled but yet highlights what we as man are doing to our planet.
Beautiful TV, as it should be.
Beautiful cinematography, narration and subject. The BBC at it's best. This was an amazing episode (The journey of the Salmon) and I expect the rest of the season to be equally so. A must buy...