Over the last two months, David Attenborough has presented his latest masterpiece Seven Worlds, One Planet. Showcasing the true character of our seven unique continents while revealing extraordinary wildlife stories and unseen wilderness, our Sunday nights simply won’t be the same now it’s over. From the lush cloud forests of the Andes to the vast icy landscapes of Antarctica, the BBC have exposed some of Earth’s most spectacular creations, as well as featuring remarkable, new and exciting animal behaviour. To fill the void this evening, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite moments from the series to inspire you to experience what our wonderful planet has to offer first hand.
Characterised by its hostile conditions and harsh environment, Antarctica is one of the only true wildernesses left on our planet. With 98% of the mainland covered by ice, the so-called White Continent is home to only the hardiest of creatures, including fascinating penguins and mighty albatrosses, who have adapted to live in such conditions. This episode taught us how evolution has enabled species such as the Weddell seal to thrive even when the sea freezes over. This spectacular mammal uses its teeth to grind away sea ice to keep its breathing holes open, so that it can survive the unkind winter.
Asia is the largest and most extreme continent on our planet. It stretches from the tropical forests on the equator to the Arctic Circle in the north, giving it the largest temperature range of all continents. We learnt that heavy rainfall in the dense forests in the southern part of the continent has allowed the tallest jungle trees on the planet to grow. Orangutans (our favourite forest friends) were the stars of this episode and demonstrated their miraculous climbing ability from an extremely young age. One of man’s closest relatives, their remarkable likeness to humans makes them truly fascinating to observe.
South America is the most species-rich continent on Earth and is known for its contrasting landscapes. This episode beautifully unpicked its diversity and took us from the bone-dry deserts of the Atacama to the vast wilderness of Patagonia. The distinctive environment of Patagonia boasts landscapes every bit as dramatic as one would expect from such remote reaches at the end of the world, as well as being home to unique wildlife such as the guanaco and Patagonian puma. Bursting with jagged mountains, emerald forests, snow-capped peaks and blue glaciers, it’s a dramatic, raw and vibrant region.
The final episode of the series explored Africa, home to some of the greatest wildlife gatherings on Earth. This unique continent is packed full of visual spectacles that never fail to wow. From the rich grasslands of the Serengeti, where cheetahs were seen hunting their prey, to the arid sands of the Namib Desert where an elusive brown hyena was living in the ruins of an old mine, this episode reminded us just how intelligent and tactical the wildlife of Africa is. Who would have thought that even the largest elephants in Zimbabwe could balance on their hind legs while reaching for fruit from the tallest trees?