David Attenborough's Galapagos

Series 1 - 1. Origin

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Radio Times
Review by:
David Crawford

Over on BBC2 David Attenborough has been looking back at his distinguished career in wildlife broadcasting. But at the age of 86 he is still breaking new ground. The annual series of 3D films he has made for Sky has shown a new horizon for natural history TV.

This year he’s headed back to that other unique treasure of the natural world, the Galapagos islands. He captures some stunning sights, from the first-ever shots of the pink iguana to the poignant final footage of the rarest creature in the world, Lonesome George, the huge Pinta Island tortoise who died last summer.

About this programme

1/3. The broadcaster explores the Galapagos, a collection of volcanic islands in the Pacific known for its extraordinary wildlife. More than 150 years after Charles Darwin formulated his ground-breaking theory of evolution on the remote archipelago, Attenborough explains how life on the islands has continued to evolve in biological isolation, examining how the ever-changing volcanic landscape has given birth to species and sub-species that exist nowhere else in the world. He begins by revealing how Galapagos rose from the ocean four million years ago.

Cast and crew


David Attenborough


Martin Williams
Sias Wilson