Natures Great Events takes up the mantle left by the stunning BBC series Planet Earth, and offers a closer look at some of the most fascinating and dramatic natural happenings on the planet. Narrated by David Attenborough, it digs in some detail into the impact on nature of certain events, and manages to hone in on small stories in the midst of major happenings. Its a breathtaking cocktail.
What particularly lifts Natures Great Events too is the stunning photography. Those who recall Planet Earth will recall just how superb the shots within that frequently were, but if anything, Natures Great Events tops it. The cinematography here is world-class, and it greatly enhances the series around it as a result.
That said, theres more than enough substance to Natures Great Events as it stands anyway. Diligently made and researched, and presented in an accessible, yet not condescending manner, its another major success for the BBC in this area, and further cements why its a world leader where natural history documentaries are concerned.
Credit must go too for the decision to include the making-of material. Back when the BBC broadcast The Blue Planet, these were often just as interesting as the main feature itself, and the same is true here. Its a genuinely fascinating insight into the production of such an ambitious, and unmissable, series. --Jon Foster
Witness the planet's most breathtaking natural events, and follow the dramatic wildlife stories behind them. Combining the epic cinematography of Planet Earth, with all the emotion, intimacy and storytelling of a wildlife diary, this series charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate.
Whereas Planet Earth gave us a global view, Nature's great events delves into the more personal, emotionally engaging approach. Nature's great events brings us the same high definition quality and 'wow factor' images we've come to associate with PLANET EARTH.