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Life – introduction

Life

Our planet may be home to more than 30 million different animals and plants. And every single one is locked in its own life-long fight for survival. Life uncovers some extraordinary strategies they've developed to stay alive and to breed.

Using state-of-the-art filming techniques, this 10-part BBC One series, narrated by David Attenborough, is about extreme behaviour. It's survival of the fittest in their battle against daily life or death challenges.

Mind-blowing behaviour captured for TV for the first time includes cheetahs working together to bring down prey twice their size; the courtship battle, known as the heat run, of the humpback whale; a huge number of enormous Humboldt squid joining forces for night-time hunting; and the legendary, fearsome Komodo dragons bringing down their buffalo prey.

Four years in the making, Life is full of surprises, drama and spectacle. It's nature but not as you know it.

There are strange creatures such as the star-nosed mole, the stalk-eyed fly and the weedy sea dragon.

There are epic spectacles including millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, dozens of polar bears feasting on a whale, and a billion butterflies cloaking a forest in Mexico.

The series music is specially created by award-winning composer George Fenton (Plant Earth, Blue Planet).

To find out more visit bbc.co.uk/life and explore the story of life with the Open University's Tree Of Life interactive at www.open2.net/treeoflife.

Life is a BBC/Discovery/Skai/Open University co-production in association with RTI Spa.

It is being simulcast on the BBC HD channel in Autumn 2009.

Notes to Editors

There is a book to accompany the series.

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