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Life of Mammals, Part 1

Synopsis
The first 5 parts of the series by David Attenborough.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2002
Notes
Broadcast weekly in 5 parts on BBC1, beginning 20/11/02
Documentation
Book of the same name available separately
Subjects
Biology
Keywords
mammals; natural history; wildlife

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Price
£19.99 (inclusive)
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
300 minutes
Year
2002

Sections

Title
Winning design, A
Synopsis
David Attenborough looks at why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet. He visits Australia and South America to study the lives of marsupials and then moves on to mammals such as humans, who develop their young in wombs rather than pouches.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Insect Hunters
Synopsis
Looks at the mammals that hunt insects, creatures that once shared the planet with the dinosaurs. When the giant reptiles disappeared, the mammals seized the chance to conquer new territory. Shows moles that can swim through sand, a shrew that hunts underwater, and the world’s strangest bat in New Zealand.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Chisellers
Synopsis
Looks at rodents, all of whom possess constantly growing incisor teeth with chisel-sharp enamel on their front edges. Among the animals observed are the agouti, a terrier-sized rodent that can bite through rock-hard shells, the beaver, which can fell trees with its teeth, and the capybara, a relative of the guinea pig, which is the largest rodent in the world
Duration
60 mins

Title
Plant Predators
Synopsis
Looks at some of the biggest predators on Earth whose plant prey is armoured, indigestible and sometimes even poisonous. Among the animals examined are the sloth that lives on nothing but leaves, and the rubble rabbit that makes poisons work to its advantage as preservatives.
Duration
60 mins

Title
Meat Eaters
Synopsis
Looks at carnivores, from arctic foxes who cache food for winter, through pack-hunting wolves, to big cats. Using infrared technology, he trails a lone leopard, and seeks out the biggest cat of all, the Siberian tiger
Duration
60 mins

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Worldwide Publishing

Web
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Phone
020 8576 3560
Fax
020 8576 3570
Address
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
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