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Episode 4 The Himalayas

Episode 4 The Himalayas

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From narrator David Attenborough's opening words, you will lose yourself in a sumptuously beautiful film, first shown in 2010, recording the seasons in the world's highest, most inhospitable, mountains.

"There is more life here than in any other mountain range on earth," says Attenborough, before we are introduced to its inhabitants. These include mountain goats, where the bucks follow the available females with their tongues hanging out, like whiskery perverts in a public park.

Some of the footage is astonishing. Just watch as a pair of golden eagles ambush a crane, mid-flight, and prepare to hang on to your armchairs as honey-hunting humans dangle from cliffs as they raid the nests of huge, dangerous bees.

But it's the animals who are the stars like the lolloping brown bear who, laughably and improbably, looks just like a man in a brown bear suit.


Documentary looking at the wildlife of the most stunning mountain range in the world, home to snow leopards, Himalayan wolves and Tibetan bears. Snow leopards stalk their prey among the highest peaks. Concealed by snowfall, the chase is watched by golden eagles circling above. On the harsh plains of the Tibetan plateau live extraordinary bears and square-faced foxes hunting small rodents to survive. In the alpine forests, dancing pheasants have even influenced rival border guards in their ritualistic displays. Valleys carved by glacial waters lead to hillsides covered by paddy fields containing the lifeline to the east, rice. In this world of extremes, the Himalayas reveal not only snow-capped mountains and fascinating animals but also a vital lifeline for humanity.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Scriptwriter Mark Fletcher
Executive Producer Tim Martin

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