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An Evening with David Attenborough and Friends
To mark next year's 40th anniversary of the BBC's Natural History Unit, David Attenborough and four of the cameramen he has worked with over the years recall some of their experiences. Their discussions lead into some of the best BBC nature films and sequences ever made. Throughout the evening, viewers have the chance to vote for their favourite wildlife programme of all and the most popular choice will then be shown at the end of the evening.
For details of how to vote see page 26.
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David Attenborough's Winter Wonder Night: page 24
6.15 Namib... Strange Creature of the Skeleton Coast
By day lizards dance, spiders turn cartwheels and beetles stand on their heads to drink. At night, to a chorus of barking geckos, the legless lizards and golden moles go hunting. Few men venture into the harsh yet hauntingly beautiful landscape of the Namib Desert in Africa. It is one of the bleakest spots on earth, where drifting dunes and gravel plains stretch along the notorious Skeleton Coast. But the shifting sands are home to one of the world's strangest communities of animals. (First shown in The World about Us series in 1976) Director David Hughes ; Producer Michael Rosenberg Repeat
7.15 Malice in Wonderland
A Red Sea coral reef resembles a garden of paradise but few plants exist there. In this film, the latest underwater photographic technology reveals a coral reef at its most spectacular and follows the fierce battles played out between the predatory animals that inhabit it. First shown in 1994 in the Wildlife on One series.
Producer Keith Scholey (Repeat)
7.50 Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Mightiest and most feared of all hunters, the polar bear stalks seals among the Arctic icebergs. But, in contrast to the great wh ite bears wrestling in the autumn snows, the females of the species are shown lovingly tending their cubs as they emerge into the spring sunshine. Producers Hugh Miles and Mike Salisbury
8.55 The Restless Year
Using the same revolutionary time-lapse photography developed for the series The Private Life of Plants, this film provides an astonishing natural history journey through winter, spring, summer and autumn in just 50 minutes. Set in the Cotswolds, it's a celebration of the British countryside, and the unique photography reveals the secrets of this wildlife year in a dramatically different way. Narrated by Norman Painting. Director Tim Shepherd ; Producer Neil Nightingale
9.50 On the Tracks of the Wild Otter
In the far north of Britain, on the storm-washed Shetland Islands, lives a rare and beautiful animal which most people never see - the otter. But this special version of a film first shown in 1982 in The Natural World series, provides an opportunity to watch the day-to-day activities of a family of wild otters. The camera shows a courting pair at play, young cubs bobbing at the water's edge, and maturing otters learning to hunt and fend for themselves.
Director Hugh Miles ; Producer Dilys Breeze
10.20 Attenborough in Paradise
David Attenborough realised his lifelong ambition when he set out to film the most exquisitely feathered and romantic of all birds. The birds of paradise have been a passion of his since he was nine years old. Their courting rituals are among the greatest wonders of the natural world. The cameramen - Richard Kirby and Mike Potts - spent nine months in the remote forests of New Guinea to capture the displays of over ten species. Many had never been filmed before, some had not even been described. David Attenborough travelled with Kirby and Potts to present this film which reveals the remarkable behaviour of these birds.
Producer Paul Reddish (Repeat) (Stereo)
11.30 The Most Popular BBC Wildlife Programme
A chance to see the programme chosen by viewers as the best BBC wildlife programme of all time.
Producer Mike Beynon (Natural History Night)
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