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The Trials of Life: Arriving  (1990)

A thousand million lives launched

The opening episode of David Attenborough's third major Life series, this film is the first of twelve episodes detailing the mammoth journey from conception to adulthood, throughout the animal kingdom.

Exploring the various methods by which animals come into the world, Attenborough travels extensively, examining a wide range of weird and wonderful 'arrival' techniques. Christmas Island red crabs are land based yet dash into the tidal waters to deposit their eggs, giant clams release multitudes of ova, and a wasp species starts life inside a caterpillar eventually eating its unsuspecting host.

Through the world-famous cinematography of the BBC Natural History Unit, David Attenborough investigates a wealth of marine, land and ornithological life, highlighting the extraordinary diversity present in the tactics employed for the propagation of life on earth.

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

Assistant Film Editor: Angela Groves
Assistant Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation
Associated Broadcaster: Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.
Associated Broadcaster: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Dubbing Editor: Ian Butcher
Dubbing Mixer: Andrew Wilson
Executive Producer: Peter Jones
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphic Design: 422 Videographic design
Music Composer: George Fenton
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Paul Atkins
Photography: Barrie Britton
Photography: Glen Carruthers
Photography: Martyn Colbeck
Photography: Lindsay Cupper
Photography: Mike deGruy
Photography: Steve Downer
Photography: Kevin Flay
Photography: Jim Frazier
Photography: Alan Hayward
Photography: Mike Herd
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Richard Kirby
Photography: Rick Rosenthal
Photography: Mike Richards
Photography: Andy Young
Producer: Keenan Smart
Production Assistant: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Secretary: Yvonne Webb
Research Assistant: Rupert Barrington
Series Researcher: Nick Upton
Sound: Graham Ross
Unit Manager: Rita Morris

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