Planet Knowledge

Hunt for the Giant Squid

The giant squid is one of the most mysterious animals on the planet. Attempts to find it and observe it in the wild have more or less failed. Are we missing something obvious? With the help of completely new cameras, and logic driven investigation, researchers think they know where and how to look for them.

Hunt for the Giant Squid reveals a magical underwater world through some of the most startling scenes nature has to offer. Glowing flashes of living organisms from shallow reefs known as bioluminescence, light up the ocean and possibly lead to the realm of the giant squid.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2012

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Freaks of the Sea

In the oceans of our planet lurk creatures weirder than our wildest dreams or our scariest nightmares. Multi award-winning underwater cameramen John Boyle and renowned Red Sea specialist John McIntyre have collaborated to produce this wide ranging blue-chip television special, filmed over several years, portraying some of the strangest underwater creatures from every corner of the planet. Among the creatures featured is one of the world’s longest animals, a strange snake-like jellyfish which can grow to well over 40 metres and has deadly stinging cells all along its body – yet it doesn’t even have a brain, the cannibalistic squid, shark that can only walk on the seabed and the supremely ugly frogfish, which strikes quicker than almost any other fish in the sea.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Eden at the End of the World

It is the last great wilderness of its kind. A rare and precious haven for some of earth’s most indestructible creatures. Covering more than a quarter of a million square miles of Chile and Argentina, this wild place is known as Patagonia. At its crown tip, a grand island – Tierra del Fuego – a land as harsh as it is beautiful. Carved by ice and wind, this wild place is a battleground for the elements. It takes a very special animal to survive here. In the course of millions of years only a few species have learned to endure in this realm of endless, punishing winds. And today, those that have face the greatest challenge of their lives.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Crucible of Life

The Celebes Sea – cradled by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – plunges over 5000 metres into a dark, cold, timeless abyss. Severed from contact with other oceans, life here in the deepest depths of the Celebes Sea comes alive with an explosion of strange, extraordinary creatures.

Thriving far below the depth of sunlight, these bizarre-looking creatures have evolved under conditions unlike anything found on land. For scientists, it is an entirely unexplored hotspot – one of the richest and most diverse on the planet – and it just may hold the secrets of undiscovered life.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Big Sur

Carved between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the magic of the ‘Big Sur’ stretches just 90 miles long and 20 miles wide and is flanked on the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Just offshore is the largest submarine canyon in North America, where a rich upwelling from the deep nourishes shallow kelp forests.

At the shoreline, rocks are mobbed with many species of seals and sea lions. Two miles inland, coastal redwoods offer sanctuary to cougars, California condors and several unusual and rarely seen creatures. East of the tall trees, Big Sur stretches into meadows and oak woodlands where coyotes and hawks compete with rattlesnakes for small prey. Nowhere else in the world does such a wide variety of extreme habitats exist in such close proximity to one another.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 1 of 1


 

From The World of Peyo To Planet Smurf

Almost twenty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1992, Pierre Culliford, better known as Peyo, passed away. In the Summer of 2011, his little blue creations made their first appearance in 3D in theatres worldwide in the hugely successful “The Smurfs” movie and they will be continuing their big screen adventures in 2013 with the second installment.

Now is therefore the ideal moment to delve into the magical world of Peyo and discover how the Smurfs and Peyo’s other creations, Johan & Peewit, Steven Strong and Pussy all came into being. Follow his family, friends and former colleagues as they share their memories and stories of Peyo the man and Peyo the artist.


Episode Length: 00:52:00

Year: 2011

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Desert Voyager – Bull Elephants in Namibia

Beautifully filmed in HDR – Ultra High Definition and HD. This episode of Desert Voyager films the great Bull Elephant’s 600km migration across the Namibia Etosha pans uninhabited landscape.


Episode Length: 00:07:01

Year: 2017

Episode: 1


 

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