Planet Knowledge

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


Crocodile King

The largest reptile on Earth, the saltwater crocodile, rules the rivers and estuaries of Australia’s Northern Territory. But each year this cunning, ferocious predator is tested by the harsh extremes of nature and by battles for dominance with its own kind. National Geographic takes you deep into the salties’ territory, using high-speed cameras and infrared technology, to reveal the little-known world of these master hunters.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2010

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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