The newest David Attenborough Life series began airing last night on BBC One. This one is called "Life in Cold Blood", about amphibians and reptiles. Here's a video clip:
Sigh, every time an Attenborough special comes out (and, it must be said, at almost no other time) I curse myself for not having a TV. I'll get the DVD soon enough I suppose, but it's not quite the same as witnessing it simultaneously with millions of rapt British viewers.
The Life series began in 1979 with Life on Earth (I'm sure I'm not the only one with vivid memories of this), then The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990, in which an orca tosses a seal out to sea and plays with it like so much bouncy play-doh), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995, one of his most popular and certainly my favorite), The Life of Birds (1998, in which a lyrebird memorably mimics the sound of a chainsaw), The Life of Mammals (2002, one word: pikas), Life in the Undergrowth (2005, in which super high-speed film reveals all sorts of invertebrate acrobatics) and now Life in Cold Blood (2008).
Rumour has it that Attenborough's next special is on Darwin, which gets us Beagle Projecteers all giggly. It is my fantasy that he'll agree to narrate or even write a series about the voyage of the new Beagle. He would most certainly be welcome aboard at any and all stages of the journey, not least so that I can shine his deck shoes (though I'll bet he wouldn't let me). How 'bout it Sir David?