Life

7:30pm Friday, December 23 on Prime

Documentary Series

Birds are supremely adaptable, capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature, running on water in pursuit of love and even of building intricate structures. Using aerial camera techniques, Life flies with the birds and explores their incredible diversity and behaviour: dodging the piratical frigate birds; soaring with the lammergeyers; dancing with a thousand flamingos in the lakes of Africa; and witnessing the extraordinary displays of spatule-tailed hummingbirds, western grebes and bowerbirds as they attempt to attract a mate.

7:30pm Friday, December 16 on Prime

Documentary Series

Fish

Fish can fly, sense electricity, swim at over 100mph and even walk on land. From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, you’ll swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish. See ‘sarcastic fringe-heads’ fighting for their homes; hunt with sailfish; glide withflying fish; enter the secret world of courting sea-dragons; and even join the epic journey of the tiny, cliffclimbing gobies.

7:30pm Friday, December 9 on Prime

Documentary Series

New filming techniques reveal behaviour that was previously impossible to capture in extreme locations. Fly amongst one of the largest migrations on Earth, as more than ten million fruit bats leave the Congo basin and converge in a few special trees in Zambia to feed. Sprint with the tiny, extraordinary-looking sengis as it escapes a predatory lizard. See 30 polar bears gather to feed on a bowhead whale carcass; and witness the biggest fight on Earth… male humpback whales battling for a female.

7:30pm Friday, December 2 on Prime

Documentary Series

From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioural innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread. See Komodo dragons hunting buffalo, sea snakes with one of the most toxic venoms in the world that breed in caves, the seemingly suicidal leaps of a waterfall toad, the tender giant African bull frog that digs water channels to save not only its own young, but that of others too; and lizards that can walk on water.

7:30pm Friday, November 25 on Prime

Documentary Series

Challenges of Life

More than four years in the making, across every continent, this is Life – as you’ve never seen it before. Introducing the amazing things animals and plants must do in order to survive and reproduce.Witness amazing sights, captured at 1,000 frames per second: capuchin monkeys smashing open palm nuts with stone ‘hammers’, hippos launching from the water into the air, and chameleons stealing prey from a spider’s web. Sprint with cheetahs as they band together to tackle ostriches, watch dolphins form perfect rings of silt to trap fish, and swim with a seal as it struggles to escape attacking killer whales amongst the ice of Antarctica.

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Life

The BOX – Tuesdays from 5 July, 7.30pm

Damian Lewis stars as Detective Charlie Crews who returns to the police force after serving time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Crews’ second chance has given him a new perspective in his life and profession that isn’t always appreciated or understood by his reluctant new partner.

In the season two premiere, detectives Crews and Reese (Sarah Shahi) are on the hunt for a serial killer when three numbered trunks containing suffocated bodies are found scattered across Los Angeles.

8:40pm Sunday, May 8 on Prime

Documentary Series

Primates

On tonight’s final episode of Life we come face to face with Primates. Primates are uniquely intelligent, engaging in problem solving, communication, tool use and intimate social interplay. In the Congo, we meet a tightly bound group of western lowland gorillas led by an ancient silverback, whose chest-beating sends shockwaves more than a mile through the undergrowth; we see grey Phayre’s leaf-monkey mothers in Thailand battling for the privilege to babysit bright orange newborns; we encounter the violent disputes of a thousand hamadryas baboons, and join chacma baboons shark egg hunting on the coast of South Africa.

8:40pm Sunday, May 1 on Prime

Documentary Series

Plants

The drama of the plant world is impossible to view with the naked eye. But using the latest time-lapse technology, all is revealed: how a Venus flytrap snaps shut and imprisons its prey; how the animal-like grasping hooks of the cat’s claw creeper and the sticky pads of the Boston ivy help in their fight for light. Tonight we fly with the seed that inspired the design of gliders and watch the fastest growing plant on Earth rocket up two feet a day. We also discover the water-trapping abilities of the bizarre dragon’s blood tree, which oozes red sap from its branches.

8:40pm Sunday, April 17 on Prime

Documentary Series

Creatures Of The Deep

Using specially developed underwater tracking time-lapse techniques, tonight’s episode of Life takes a journey to the unchartered corners of the ocean. It is here that the newest discoveries are being made and the strangest creatures live, from huge spider crabs which gather in their thousands, seeking safety in numbers as they shed their protective shell to cross-dressing giant squid. Join a pack of Humboldt squid, 250 strong, hunting; see the ultimate self-sacrifice of a Pacific giant octopus mother who starves to death tending her young; and dive under the permanent ice of Antarctica to see a seething carpet of starfish as they devour a seal pup carcass.

8:45pm Sunday, April 10 on Prime

Documentary Series

Hunters And Hunted

Every day in the jungles, grasslands, deserts and frozen wastelands, battles are won, fought and lost between carnivores and their prey. On tonight’s episode of Life see cheetahs join forces to bring down an ostrich; a tiny stoat take on a rabbit ten times its size; elephant seal pups snatched from their nursery pool by a killer whale; the antics of a squirrel as it outwits a rattlesnake; and at an amazing 2,000 frames per second, the strike of a bulldog bat flying at 100 kph.