An epic, eight-part series that took five years to complete, The Blue Planet
firmly re-establishes the BBC as the world's pre-eminent producer of top quality nature documentaries. Exploring every aspect of marine ecosystems, from coastal marshes to deep-sea trenches and from polar waters to tropical reefs, The Blue Planet
is thorough and informative, yet never less than thrilling.
Sir David Attenborough is one of the most well-respected (and well-known) personalities in the field of nature programmes and his narration is flawless as he educates and inspires without patronising his audience or anthropomorphising his subjects. Spectacular camera work (of a standard not seen since the BBC's classic Life on Earth series) captures images of a fascinating world rarely seen by human eyes--in fact, in several instances, the subjects and behaviours filmed for this series have never been witnessed before, let alone caught on camera. This is particularly apparent on the series highlight, "The Deep" (Programme 2), where film crews discovered two new species in the depths of the ocean: a grotesque fish named the Hairy Angler and a fantastic, pink octopus-like creature, which is so new that it remains unnamed (but was nicknamed "Dumbo"). Both are testament to the fact that, although oceans cover two-thirds of the Earth, we know less about them than we do the moon. It is proof that, to us land-dwellers, much of our Blue Planet is alien indeed. A handsomely illustrated companion book is also available. -- Robert Burrow
Box set containing the complete BBC natural history series examining life beneath the world's oceans. 'The Blue Planet' presents an overview of the programmes to come, offering a sense of the amazing variety and complexity of the underwater kingdom. 'The Deep' explores the deepest depths of the oceans and looks at the predators which live there. 'Open Ocean' examines the stretches of deserted sea where very little life can be found, except some of the most dangerous predators of all. In 'Frozen Seas' life in the Arctic seas is compared with life in the Antarctic. 'Seasonal Seas' looks at the way the sun effects the marine environment in the temperate seas. 'Coral Seas' examines the way coral reefs are formed, the life which flourishes among them, and the destruction which ultimately comes their way. In 'Tidal Seas' the series examines tidal movements and their effect upon marine life. And finally 'Coasts' looks at the way underwater life uses the regions above the tide line, a habitat which holds few indigenous species but plays host to many visitors. Also included are two special episodes: 'Making Waves', a look at some of the characters who helped bring the series to the screen; and 'Deep Trouble', an investigation of man's relation to the sea.