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Documentary narrated by David Tennant that films penguins from a unique perspective. Through the use of cameras disguised as life-sized penguins, the film-makers were able to capture penguin life from within the colony. With features on emperor penguins, the humboldt penguin and the unusual rockhopper penguins that live in the Falkland Islands, the documentary explores a range of penguin species and behaviours.

Starring:
David Tennant
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Product Details

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  • Feature exempt
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring David Tennant
Genres Documentary
Studio Acorn Media UK
Rental release 8 April 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature exempt
Runtime 3 hours 0 minutes
Starring David Tennant
Genres Documentary
Studio Acorn Media UK
Rental release 22 April 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
I think most people have seen March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet [DVD] [2005], and so are aware of the Emperor Penguin and the birth of its young. In this set of documentaries we do see the Emperor Penguin, but also we follow Humboldts, and Rockhoppers. This series follows these three breeds of penguins, although near the end we do get a glimpse of Adelie Penguins as well.

By using things like 'penguin cams' and 'egg cams' this series can get some really close up shots of the penguins from right inside their nesting grounds making this excellent to watch. We follow the Emperors in Antarctica, the Rockhoppers in the Falklands, and the Humboldts in Peru as they first come to land to lay their eggs, and then to rear their young.

This makes compulsive watching as we see both the joys of birth and the woes when things don't go right. With eggs and young penguins being vulnerable they have to be protected from natural predators, and in the case of the Emperors, the extreme cold, meaning that not all make it to adulthood. As we watch these animals being brought up we can also see group dynamics, with penguins looking for mates, as well as stealing baby birds. And of course as the baby penguins start to move around they will try to fool any penguin into feeding them.

At times funny and others sad this is riveting viewing that really brings penguins to life like never before, and shows the strong survival instincts of these wondrous birds. Narrated by David Tennant this is great viewing for young to old, although there is violence and death in this series. This is a documentary series well worth watching, and I am sure will be viewed many times, both because of its educational value, and also because it is just great tv.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack D on 4 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Pioneering documentary techniques, wonderful narration and beautiful photography throughout the entire series. Im a big fan of all wildlife/science series and this is up there with some of my favourite Attenborough collections. Interesting story line with the perfect amount of detailed scientific information, couldn't recommend it enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DaveT on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Well-narrated by David Tennant and beautifully filmed with cameras hidden in model penguins and dummy eggs by John Downer, the team that brought you Earthflight a year earlier. Fortunately available in HD blu-ray format as well as DVD, unlike the new series Wild Arabia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
I recently watched BBC's three-part documentary about the lives, times and contretemps of penguins. I must say that these flightless birds are both interesting and fascinating!

We get to follow the entire life cycle of three penguin species: the Emperor Penguin of Antarctica, the Humboldt Penguin of Peru and the Rockhopper of the Falkland Islands. The two latter live really rough lives, attacked by an assortment of vicious predators and competing sea birds, the Humboldt Penguins even being forced to cope with vampire bats. Another classic is a battle between over-sized ducks and five eagles, with a poor Rockhopper stuck in between! It seems juvenile albatrosses don't say no to catching some penguin meat, either. (Always wondered what albatrosses were eating out there?)

As for the Emperor Penguins, they really do look like strange humans in tuxedo, while their chicks look like badly made toys... Sorry, can't help anthropomorphizing. The documentary shows how the adults deliberately abandon the chicks, in order to trigger the latter's survival instincts. On their difficult journey to the sea, the Emperor chicks are escorted by Adélie Penguins, a different species. Why would one species want to help the chicks of another one? Pardon my cynicism, but I think the helpful Adélies simply want to get rid of the Emperor Penguins from what they consider Adélie territory.

The documentary was taped with the help of spy cams disguised as (you've guessed it) penguins or penguin eggs, creating all kinds of humorous situations. One penguin attacks a spy cam which spurned his amorous advances, while one of the egg-cameras is taken by a flying seabird, giving us an excellent panoramic view of the penguin colony from above!

Probably this year's best nature documentary. This is Penguin Power and definitely worth five stars. Let's hope the DVD is as good as the televised version...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Oriaca on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
I am so pleased that this fantastic series is coming to DVD!! What a brilliant set of programmes,just Wow! Congratulations to all concerned. Can't wait to buy iy and watch it again!! Definately recommend it :)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David W on 22 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Yet another fantastic documentary from the BBC, All the images are crysal clear and give you an idea of the Penguins eye view of life
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nina on 5 May 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Such a nice concept, hidden cameras around penguins' natural habitats. I saw it on TV and bought the DVD so I can rewatch as I enjoyed it the first time. My favourites were definitely the bouncy rockhopper penguins, but all the portraits were brilliant and innovative. If you like penguins and haven't seen this, it's a definite must buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Ghinea on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Seen this on TV, great documentary, incredible of how much devotion and sacrifice the panguins are capable of. The title, Spy In The Huddle, comes from the penguin cams "Spycameras cleverly disguised as life size penguins" infiltrated through the real penguin population being able to record very close details of their real life. Great image quality on TV, should not be any different on DVD.
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