Making the Series
For First Life, David Attenborough returned to the film-maker’s road in order to make the series he believes completes his journey into the story of life. First life is the final piece of the jigsaw that lies at the very beginning – the origin of life itself. During an eighteen month production schedule, the First Life team travelled 40,000 miles across four continents. They battled snowstorms in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, floods in Morocco and 40˚C heat in Australia in search of leading experts and the latest discoveries. Combining new fossil discoveries, cutting edge science and groundbreaking computer generated imagery, First Life is a series that would not have been possible to make a few years ago – many of the pieces of the puzzle of the earliest life on Earth have only recently come to light.
The companion film Attenborough’s Journey is a remarkable portrait of the man behind the legend as he faces the challenges of a complicated shoot. The result is a revelation as we delve into the mind and character of one of the world’s most iconic broadcasters. We discover a man in his element, immersed in his three great passions: fossils, the natural world and film-making. We discover the method and craft that lie behind his iconic delivery, his unerring sense of humour and his reflections on a career that virtually spans the history of television itself.