5 nature doccies to entertain and educate kids
Sir David Attenborough says it best: “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
Screen time doesn’t have to mean downtime for kids’ brains. These nature doccies will take the whole family around the world and beyond with quality viewing presented by the likes of legend David Attenborough.
Across five one-hour episodes, Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto explores the dramatic history of the eight planetary siblings in our solar system, as it unfolded over 4.5billion years. Using extensive computer-generated imagery and footage from space missions, including NASA’s Cassini–Huygens mission and the New Horizons probe, the series reveals the spectacular landscapes, apocalyptic weather systems and unbelievable science (on Saturn, it rains diamonds) of our neighbouring worlds.
Get a new perspective on our blue planet in this fascinating series that cleverly incorporates amazing footage filmed – you guessed it! – from space. From way up high, it becomes apparent how incredible the Earth truly is, and how fast it’s changing. Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates the four-episode series that’ll change the way you think about the place we live.
Attenborough looks back on his impressive career, which has spanned six decades. He looks at how much things have changed in that time – from new camera technology (including 3D and micro-cameras) to the science, as well as how the field of natural history itself has changed.
This series will give you a better understanding of just how much an impact humans have had on the world in such a short period of time. Attenborough travels back to Borneo, where the contrast between the pristine, orangutan-filled jungles of a few decades ago and today’s palm oil plantations puts conservation efforts in perspective.
What’s better than an Attenborough doccie? A murder mystery with Attenborough acting as lead detective. Oh, and it’s prehistoric.
It doesn’t get much cooler than this. Attenborough is a master storyteller, putting together bits of a fossil of an ichthyosaurus from an actual dig. He pieces together how this prehistoric dragon would have behaved by comparing it to sharks, crocodiles and dolphins in a delightful way that only Attenborough can do.
Narrated by another British living legend named David – this one’s surname is Tennant, of Doctor Who fame – this fascinating BBC series infiltrates the animal world using robots and disguised hidden cameras to show what really goes on when humans aren’t present.
There are only four episodes and two of them have been finalists for Jackson Wild, the Emmys of nature documentaries, and the series as a whole was nominated for an actual Emmy, for Outstanding Cinematography.