Life on Earth

Series 1 - 6. Invasion of the Land

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Having just won a National TV Award for Frozen Planet and with his BBC1 series on Africa showing to huge acclaim and impressive viewing figures, we hardly need reminding that David Attenborough makes superb wildlife documentaries. But this landmark series from 1979, which started last week and runs daily, is worth watching many times over.

In this edition he describes the move from water to land, handling a goliath frog with webbed feet that transform them into “dazzling athletes” capable of leaping more than 15 metres – that’s 100 times their body length. They’re noisy little creatures, too. Their mating call can be heard from up to a mile away.

About this programme

6/13. Renowned naturalist David Attenborough looks at the evolution of amphibians 350 million years ago, when fish are thought to have crawled from water on to land, spawning newts and salamanders, and he also takes a look at the characteristics of a goliath frog.

Cast and crew


David Attenborough


Executive Producer
Richard Brock