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Good contents - Presentation annoying,
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This review is from: Journey Of Life [DVD] (DVD)
I love natural history documentations and thus am familiar with most of the BBC's productions. This one left me with mixed feelings.
On the one hand the clear stamp of excellent BBC nature film makers is apparent, on the other hand the presentation is too populist for me.
The material presented in this series is excellent and most informative. The natural history documentary bits are of the usual BBC high quality.
Steve Leonard, however, tries to create enthusiasm and the viewer's attention when there clearly is no need to as the material is fascinating enough. This series feels like a schools' programme, somewhat patronising as if he was talking to a slightly dim child not able to concentrate on the subject given. This style may appeal more to people who prefer more flashy programmes and presentations or who need everything to be overly presented in bite-size chunks matching intervals of short attention spans. After a programme or two I find the presentation style so annoying that I keep wanting to switch off again. What a shame as the contents, as mentioned above, is really good!
I would say, overall this product, although good in contents, is more suitable for viewers not familiar with the subject. I would not recommend it for the reasonably educated viewer who is content with quiet, good material which speaks for itself. For those I recommend David Attenborough's "Life", "First Life" and "Rise of Animals" programmes.