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S1-E3 Amazon

S1-E3 Amazon

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What a dense little treat of a series this is: fascinating facts teamed with amazing photography. In this episode, we’re looking at the Amazon rainforest, which somehow manages to survive everything nature can throw at it, not least the fact that heavy rain and the Amazon itself wash away almost all the mineral nutrients vital for plant growth — it’s often referred to as a “wet desert”. So how come it’s ended up as home to three million species?

There are some jaw-dropping time-lapse scenes: I particularly enjoyed the fungal spores that kill insects from within…


Steve Backshall explores the ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest, offering an insight into a world of intricate relationships and unexpected hardship. He also reveals a hidden secret that may be the key to keeping the jungle's inhabitants alive.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Steve Backshall
Executive Producer Wendy Darke
Executive Producer Nick Shearman
Executive Producer Cerys Griffiths
Producer Mark Wheeler
Series Producer Doug Mackay-Hope
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