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Alien Empire: Hardware  (1996)

A journey to the world of insects

The first of six episodes in the Alien Empire series, Hardware explores the intricate micro-architecture of insects. Examining the 'design' of some of the billions of bugs that share our planet, this half hour programme allows a unique glimpse into insect engineering, looking at their external skeleton, wings, sensors and learning capabilities.

Incredible photography, graphics and time-lapse techniques investigate how these agile creatures become airborne, seemingly defying the conventional laws of flight. From the beautiful blues, greens and reds of jewel beetles to close-up footage of a moon moth emerging from its cocoon, this WNET/BBC co-production provides a fascinating insight into the sophisticated miniature world of insects.

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: Rod Clarke
Additional Photography: James Gray
Assistant Producer: Ian Gray
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Digital Effects: Anna Newton
Digital Effects: Science Pictures Ltd
Dubbing Editor: Angela Groves
Dubbing Mixer: Graham Wild
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphic Design: James Hall
Graphic Design: Rachel Irons
Music Composer: Martin Kiszko
Music Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Orchestra: Munich Symphony Orchestra
Photography: Kevin Flay
Producer: Steve Nicholls
Production Manager: Elizabeth Toogood
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Research: Wendy Darke
Scientific Advisor: Christopher O'Toole
Script Consultant: Victoria Coules
Series Producer: Steve Nicholls
Writer: David Helton
A journey to the world of insects
A journey to the world of insects
Shimmering micro-architecture
Shimmering micro-architecture
External skeletons - armour for a miniature world
External skeletons - armour for a miniat...
Sophisticated fliers
Sophisticated fliers