Natural World: Attenborough's Fabulous Frogs

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Natural World: Attenborough's Fabulous Frogs

Series 33

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Review

Frogs and toads aren’t top of the animal charts. Croaky, slimy-looking, cold-blooded – to a human eye, they’re hard to love. Unless you’re David Attenborough, of course. They were the first creatures he kept as a boy, he tells us. And what was on the cover of Life on Earth? A red-eyed tree frog, of course. In a splendid compilation doc, he talks us through the further reaches of frogology and curates some wonderful footage.

There are frogs that walk on water and frogs that wave to each other. There’s the frog that freezes solid over the winter, then thaws in spring. I particularly liked the species that secretes a version of sun cream during dry spells and carefully rubs it into its own skin with its hands, taking care not to miss a spot – extraordinary to watch. Plus, some rather touching instances of fine frog parenting.

Summary

As a boy, frogs were the first animals David Attenborough kept and today he is still just as passionate about them. In this film, he takes viewers into the weird and wonderful world of the amphibian, shedding new light on the charismatic, colourful and frequently bizarre creatures, and examining their anatomy, extraordinary behaviour and ability to survive in some of the most extreme places on the planet.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Attenborough
Producer Sally Thomson
Series Editor Roger Webb
Nature