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Wildlife documentary series with David Attenborough, beginning with a look at the remote islands which offer sanctuary to some of the planet's rarest creatures.


Elizabeth White




Episode cast overview:
David Attenborough ... Himself - presenter


Islands are often isolated, creating unique, somewhat specialized fauna, as notably terrestrial species ar stuck and adapt separately. Special conditions can include the absence or inescapability of predators, scarcity of partners and harsh conditions such as weather or volcanic activity, which also creates new islands, as in the Galapagos. Even tiny islands also may have unique populations, even large ones like Madagascar entire types. Some species thrive surprisingly, like Komodo monitors on their Indonesian Island or even penguins on Antarctic ones. Written by KGF Vissers

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18 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the monthly season of January 2018, "Planet Earth II" was a recipient of a Gold Award (Films on Nature / Environment / Wildlife category) in Virgin Spring Cinefest, in India. See more »


During the segment filmed on the Seychelles off East Africa, the birds heard singing in the background come from eastern North America - Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo, Acadian Flycatcher. See more »


Featured in Universum: Planet Earth - Das Wunder Erde: Inseln (2018) See more »

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Yet Another Masterpiece
7 November 2016 | by harshaemailsSee all my reviews

Sir David and BBC are back at it again with an even better production quality, and a much more 'consuming' experience. "It's like the Planet Earth (2006), but better in many ways!" Hans Zimmer's soundtrack also takes it to a whole other level, and even though you are looking at the beautiful Planet Earth, the experience seems out of this world. It's all beautiful, but there is nearly always one standout O-M-G did-you-see? scene in these Attenborough shows. The base- jumping goslings in Life Story a while back, for example. In this, it happens on the island of Fernandina. A marine iguana hatchling emerges from the sand and sets off on the journey to join the adults at the edge of the sea. Oh no, this kind of journey scares me. What's it going to be? From the side of the frame, something else appears, and keeps on appearing … snake! Then another, and another – racer snakes, and it soon becomes apparent how they got their name. These snakes are fast, and hungry, and they want baby iguana for breakfast. Overall, it's easily one of the best, if not THE BEST TV Show ever to have been produced, and everybody seems to love it, because it is impossible not to.

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