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  • Season 1
  • 13 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 3: Amazon

Summary

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.

Review

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…

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NarratorSteve Backshall

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Executive producerWendy Darke
Executive producerNick Shearman
Executive producerCerys Griffiths
ProducerMark Wheeler
Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope

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  • Episode 3

    Amazon

    Summary

    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.

    Review

    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…

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    ProducerMark Wheeler
    Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope
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