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Africa Episode 1 of 6

David Attenborough takes a breathtaking journey through the vast and diverse continent of Africa as it has never been seen before.

In Africa's ancient south west corner, two extraordinary deserts sit side by side. Water is in short supply, yet these deserts are somehow full of life because the creatures that live here have turned the rules of survival on their head. This film celebrates nature's ingenuity, no matter how tough it gets.

In the Kalahari scrublands, clever meerkats are outsmarted by a wily bird, solitary and belligerent black rhinos get together to party and giant insects stalk huge flocks of birds. Rain almost never falls in the Namib - instead it must make do with vaporous, vanishing fog. The creatures in this, the world's oldest desert, have gone to the extremes, as spiders wheel to escape and a desert giraffe fights to defend his scant resources in the greatest giraffe battle ever filmed.

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Mon 18 Jul 2016 15:10

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Giraffe fight producer: "our jaws hit the floor"

Giraffe fight producer:

Africa production team members discuss the fighting giraffes footage on Radio 5 live.


Listen to the clip from the Richard Bacon show

Getting the perfect wildlife shot

Getting the perfect wildlife shot
"Remotely operated HD cameras can go where we cannot. We used them with lions in the Serengeti, with shoebills in Zambia and with a massive five metre long python in Uganda."

Read series producer James Honeyborne's TV blog post


Role Contributor
PresenterDavid Attenborough
NarratorDavid Attenborough
Executive ProducerMichael Gunton
Series ProducerJames Honeyborne
ProducerHugh Pearson

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