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The Living Planet: The Building of the Earth  (1984)

Also known as: Programme 1
The changing face of the earth

The opening episode of The Living Planet, David Attenborough's second major natural history series, The Building of the Earth is an in-depth account of the huge geological forces that have shaped our planet.

Winning an Emmy for Outstanding Information Series, complex earth science is explained in a logical manner with its implications on modern day life explored in detail.

Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC's Natural History Unit, Attenborough examines the special physiology plants and animals have developed to cope with the Earth's varying physical and biological conditions. Tracking the Kali Gandaki River through the Himalayas, skillful photography demonstrates the different adaptations species possess as the conditions alter from the tropical regions of the lower river to the higher polar peaks.

Placing nature centre stage the crew filmed in highly challenging environments. Waiting over two years to hear of an erupting volcano they had to drop everything when news finally came in, rushing to reach it in time.

An informative and highly educational piece, The Building of the Earth provides an incredible insight into both the history of our planet, and the remarkable effect an organism's habitat has on its physical form.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Additional Photography: Charles Lagus BSC.
Executive Producer: Richard Brock
Film Editor: Andrew Naylor
Graphic Design: Margaret Perry
Music: Elizabeth Parker
Music: BBC - Radiophonic Workshop
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Wolfgang Bayer
Photography: Gary Capo
Photography: Walt Deas
Photography: David DeVries
Photography: Jim King
Photography: Krov Menuhin
Photography: Bora Merdsoy
Photography: Hugh Miles
Photography: Peter Scoones
Photography: Craig Smith
Photography: Lee Tepley
Producer: Ned Kelly
Sound: Lyndon Bird
Sound: David Old
Sound: Keith Rodgerson
Unit Manager: Andrew Buchanan
Writer: David Attenborough

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The Living Planet: New Worlds (1984)
The Living Planet: The Making of The Living Planet (1984)
David Attenborough
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An extraordinary scientific discovery
The changing face of the earth
The changing face of the earth
Erupting Icelandic volcanoes
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Life at high altitude
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