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Nature's Microworlds

  • Season 1
  • 13 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 1: Galapagos

Summary

Documentaries exploring ecosystems around the world, with the first edition examining the Galapagos Islands, one of the most famous archipelagos on Earth. The film investigates the reasons the bizarre and unique creatures that live there have managed to thrive and how they inspired Charles Darwin's ideas that would revolutionise biology. Narrated by Steve Backshall.

Review

It’s unfortunate that this series comes so soon after Secrets of Our Living Planet. Where Chris Packham had an hour to explore small acts of symbiosis within ecosystems, Steve Backshall has to narrate the story of entire ecosystems in half that time. Try explaining the evolutionary path of the Galapagos Islands in 30 minutes.

But if the science is lightly sketched, the detailing of the creatures on Galapagos helps fill in the picture: from flightless cormorants and swimming iguanas to vampiric finches and tropical penguins. It’s full of arresting images, including my favourite - a satellite picture that reveals the largest island to be shaped like a sea horse.

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NarratorSteve Backshall

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Executive producerWendy Darke
Executive producerNick Shearman
Executive producerCerys Griffiths
ProducerJo Stevens
Series producerDoug Hope

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  • Episode 1

    Galapagos

    Summary

    Documentaries exploring ecosystems around the world, with the first edition examining the Galapagos Islands, one of the most famous archipelagos on Earth. The film investigates the reasons the bizarre and unique creatures that live there have managed to thrive and how they inspired Charles Darwin's ideas that would revolutionise biology. Narrated by Steve Backshall.

    Review

    It’s unfortunate that this series comes so soon after Secrets of Our Living Planet. Where Chris Packham had an hour to explore small acts of symbiosis within ecosystems, Steve Backshall has to narrate the story of entire ecosystems in half that time. Try explaining the evolutionary path of the Galapagos Islands in 30 minutes.

    But if the science is lightly sketched, the detailing of the creatures on Galapagos helps fill in the picture: from flightless cormorants and swimming iguanas to vampiric finches and tropical penguins. It’s full of arresting images, including my favourite - a satellite picture that reveals the largest island to be shaped like a sea horse.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    ProducerJo Stevens
    Series producerDoug Hope
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