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Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety  (1979)

David Attenborough while filming for Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety

The opening episode of a landmark series, The Infinite Variety was the first of thirteen installments in David Attenborough's pioneering natural history production, Life on Earth. Redefining wildlife television, the thorough and in-depth approach used was a massive hit with viewers, its success paving the way for future serious ecological documentaries.

Filming in locales all over the world this first episode highlights the immense diversity found on our planet. Examining the origins of everything from cyanobacteria to sponges, The Infinite Variety is a hugely educational production, providing interesting and thought-provoking explanations of biodiversity and a range of evolutionary theories. Giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands bring Charles Darwin's natural selection theory to life and fossilized jellyfish in Australian mountain ranges raise questions about the earliest multi-celled organisms.

Placing nature centre stage, the BBC's Natural History Unit used groundbreaking photographic techniques to capture the outstanding beauty of our rich environment. Cementing their position as world leaders in wildlife cinematography, time-lapse, micro-, and high frame speed photography are combined in unerringly breathtaking sequences.

Described by Attenborough as the production he is most proud of, the stunning visuals are underpinned by a logical structure and the sense of time, having in his words an "unparalleled effect on the audience".

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Executive Producer: Christopher Parsons
Film Editor: Ron Martin
Film Editor: Alec Brown
Graphic Design: Bob English
Graphic Design: Charles McGhie
Music Composer: Edward Williams
Music Conductor: Marcus Dods
Photography: Maurice Fisher
Photography: Peter Parks
Photography: Walt Deas
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Oxford Scientific Films Ltd.
Presenter: David Attenborough
Production: Richard Brock
Production: John Sparks
Production: Neil Cleminson
Production: Mike Salisbury
Production: Keith Hopkins
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound: Lyndon Bird
Sound: Peter Copeland

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David Attenborough while filming for Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety
David Attenborough while filming for Life...
David Attenborough next to a rattlesnake while on location for Life on Earth
David Attenborough next to a rattlesnake...
Filming for Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety
Filming for Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety
Early macro studio used in the filming of Life on Earth
Early macro studio used in the filming of...