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One cameraman spent hundreds of hours waiting for the fleeting moment when a rare frog, which incubates its young in its mouth, finally spat them out.

Another built a replica of a mole rat burrow in a horizontally mounted wheel, so that as the mole rat ran along the tunnel, the wheel could be spun to keep the animal adjacent to the camera.

They have ranged from dancing bears to iguana hatchlings being chased by racer snakes, however the series has not been without controversy.

The BBC was accused of ‘fakery’ for reusing old footage and the portrayal of violence in the natural world has at times been considered excessive.

The cameramen took advantage of improved film stock to produce some of the sharpest and most colourful wildlife footage that had been seen to date.

The programmes also pioneered a style of presentation whereby David Attenborough would begin describing a certain species' behaviour in one location, before cutting to another to complete his illustration.

Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough is a television natural history series made by the BBC in association with Warner Bros. Like the earlier series, it was divided into 13 programmes (each of around 55 minutes' duration).

During the course of the series presenter David Attenborough, following the format established by Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man (both series which he designed and produced as director of BBC2), travels the globe in order to trace the story of the evolution of life on the planet.Discarding his scripted speech, he turned to camera and delivered a whispered ad lib: There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know.Their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell are so similar to ours that they see the world in much the same way as we do.The executive producer was Christopher Parsons and the music was composed by Edward Williams.Highly acclaimed, it is the first in Attenborough's 'Life' series of programmes and was followed by The Living Planet (1984)."Now, over half of us live in an urban environment," Attenborough stated. Looking down on this great metropolis, the ingenuity with which we continue to reshape the surface of our planet is very striking. It reminds me of just how easy it is for us to lose our connection with the natural world." "Yet, it's on this connection that the future of both humanity and the natural world will depend.