Five years in the making, the elaborate British-American documentary series Blue Planet: Seas of Life
was created for the purpose of revealing "the complete natural history of our planet." At least those were the words of the series' narrator, the renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough
. By focusing on the world's oceans, the series charted such concepts as evolution, the food chain, survival of the fittest, and the future of that omnipresent non-sea creature known as Man. Many of the underwater images qualified as "firsts," boldly going where no photographer had gone before. Even when the narrative portions of the program lagged, the slack was taken up by the brilliant visuals. Originally lasting eight 50-minute episodes and boasting a budget of ten million dollars, Blue Planet: Seas of Life
debuted in England over the BBC on September 12, 2001, then was broadcast in America over the Discovery Channel beginning January 28, 2002.