A Natural History of the Oceans
The Blue Planet, the definitive natural history of the world's oceans, from popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious open depths. Two-thirds of the planet is covered by the oceans and yet they remain largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series will change that and subsequently change our views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography have opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored.
Featuring eight stunning episodes: The Blue Planet, The Deep, Open Ocean, Frozen Seas, Seasonal Seas, Coral Seas, TIdal Seas, Coasts and two additional programs. Making Waves (the making of The Blue Planet), and Deep Trouble (an ecological documentary).
Episode 1 - The blue planet
The oceans remain, for the most part, an unexplored mystery. This episode introduces the viewer to the series. Touching on all aspects of the oceans, it reveals the sheer scale, power and complexity of the Blue Planet.
Episode 2 - The deep
Of all the ocean habitats, the deep ocean remains the least known. An eerie would where animals play and seek. Predators with massive teeth and enormous mouths lurk like patient rat-traps, waiting for the prey to come to them.
Episode 3 - Open ocean
The search for life in the immense space of open ocean. Endless blue stretches in every direction. In this marine desert there is nothing save the burning sun above and the blackened abyss below - yet here live many of the most spectacular predators in the ocean.
Episode 4 - Frozen seas
For the first time the bitter, frozen worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic are compared. Here, the annual freeze and retreat of the sea ice governs the pace of life. With winter temperature plummeting to 70°C below freezing, relief only comes with spring - a brief respite.
Episode 5 - Seasonal seas
Following the seasons of the year, this program explores the effects of the changing power of the sun on marine life in the richest of all the ocean's habitats the temperate seas.
Episode 6 - Coral seas
Bathed in warm, clear tropical water and brilliant sunlight, coral reefs are the rainforest of the sea, an oasis amongst the desert of the ocean floor. This is the story of coral, from formation into a reef, to ultimate and devastating destruction.
Episode 7 - Tidal seas
Tides dominate the marine life, dictating precisely where and when many will breed. Tidal marshes are also one of the most productive parts of the world, yet life is not easy.
Episode 8 - Coasts
The world above the tide line is possibly the most dynamic habitat in the oceans. Constantly in flux, the coasts have few permanent residents but many must return from the open ocean to breed.
The program takes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this epic series. High adventure and stunning wildlife are combined with intimate, and at times emotional, studies of the characters who brought it to the screen.
For years man has ploughed the ocean in search of food and riches, but now we may be about to lose this valuable asset, such is the intolerable strain we have inflicted. Deep trouble is presented by Martha Holmes.
Theatric Short - 80 Picture Photo Gallery
Interviews with Alastair Fothergill, Doug Allen and Penny Allen.