David Attenborough’s First Life

A story that is over half a billion years in the making

David Attenborough travels the globe in search of evidence of the very first animals that lived on Earth.

Title: David Attenborough’s First Life

Released: 2010

Runtime: 2 x 60

From the fog-bound Newfoundland to the deserts of North Africa and the rainforests of Queensland, Attenborough finds evidence in fossils and living animals of an extraordinary period in Earth’s history, half a billion years ago, when animals first appeared in the oceans.

Bringing together fossil finds that have transformed our understanding of early life forms with photorealistic CGI technology, First Life brings these animals and their environments back to life in brilliant detail. The team worked with expert scientists to gather scientific data which was used re-create the weird and wonderful creatures that existed during this early period of animal evolution in complete accuracy.

An accompanying behind the scenes film Attenborough’s Journey was filmed over the course of a  year and is a remarkable portrait of the man behind the legend showcasing the challenges he faced on a complicated shoot and how his expertise and experience enabled him to overcome them.

 

Awards

Emmy

Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction

Emmy

Outstanding Nature Programme