The Blue Planet - BBC

Last updated by Darren on 03 July 2009

The Blue Planet is a documentary series about the sea and the things that live in the ocean.The Blue Planet is a joint production between the Discovery Channel and BBC Natural History. The Blue Planet contains amazing footage of often never before seen animals.

The Blue Planet was originally a television program shown on BBC television. The Blue Planet was subtitled "a natural history of the oceans”. David Attenborough narrates the Blue Planet series, which was first shown in September 2001 on the BBC1 channel in the UK. The Blue Planet attracted an audience of over 12 million people. The project cost over £7 million. Since then the Blue Planet has been sold to more than 50 countries.

 

The Blue Planet contains of 8 episodes:

  1. The Blue Planet
  2. The Deep
  3. Open Ocean
  4. Frozen Seas
  5. Seasonal Seas
  6. Coral Seas
  7. Tidal Seas
  8. Coasts

Each episode is just under 50 minutes long. The episodes are recorded in 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with stereo sound.

The series had an accompanying book. The DVD box set contains the three additional programs:

  • Making Waves - the making of the Blue Planet
  • Deep Trouble - ecological documentary
  • Blue - a five minute theatrical short, plus interviews with the production team and a photo gallery.

The Blue Planet is the ultimate exploration of the underwater world. From pole to pole and from shore to seabed, extraordinary life that has never before been seen is captured by some of the world’s best film crews. The images and information presented in the Blue Planet are just amazing. Many species are filmed that have never been recorded before. Some entirely new species are discovered such as the hairy angler fish.

The Deep – concentrates on what lives in the deep water of the worlds oceans. Animals that are void of color, or that have adapted beyond belief to cope with the most extreme conditions found on the sea bed.

Open Oceans – shows the lives of the many animals that make up the food chain of the creatures that live in the open oceans. Animals such as sardines, marlin, tuna, dolphins and whales are followed. Animals of the open oceans cover massive distances, in a three dimensional world. Human pollution has left the animals needing to adapt. Not all is bad though. The playful lives of Dolphins are shown.

Frozen Seas – follows the creatures that live in and survive off the frozen waters. We may not expect many creatures to live in the -50 degrees centigrade of the Antarctic, but they do, and with dramatic results. The vital migration of these cold living animals is followed. A memorable scene of trapped beluga whales is expertly presented. The springtime lives of polar bears are a treat to watch. The changing landscape is shown as the ice retreats during the changing seasons.

Seasonal Seas – the changing seasons of the planet result in the change of the daily lives of millions of animals. We see the grey seals of Nova Scotia, the basking sharks of California, and the lobsters and salmon of Alaska. The beautiful lives of dolphins are shown once again.

Coral Seas – coral environments offer a unique and special place for life to exist. The Blue Planet follows the lives of many creatures relying on the coral for life. Fish, starfish, crabs, larva, eels and sharks are all shown living their lives around the coral reef. The beautiful images of the reef are very warming to watch.

Tidal seas – the Amazon River provides a superb and surprising background for tidal seas. The moon plays it twice daily part in affecting the tides of the world’s oceans. The many animals that rely on the tides are shown in amazing glory.

Coasts – the coastlines around the world provide shelter and food for millions of creatures in and out of the water. Amazing footage of turtles give a great insight into their lives. Coastlines from around the world are shown, including: Brazil, Newfoundland, Russia and Patagonia.

Overview

The Blue Planet is an amazing unrivalled collection of stories and tales from the underwater world. The BBC is the best at filming and presenting such ideas, and the Blue Planet is the pinnacle of their underwater productions. Children and adults alike will love this collection for a very long time. The DVD box set offers excellent value for money.

I'd like to buy the 5th movie, Seasonal Seas on DVD. The only thing I can find is the 1-4 movies in a box set. I don't mind the box set things, but where are the second set of movies?
If they're not available, you should state that somewhere on the page.
Thanks for listening,
Jeff Brough

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