Life is a nature documentary series made by BBC television, first broadcast as part of the BBCs Darwin Season on BBC One and BBC HD from October to December 2009. The series takes a global view of the specialised strategies and extreme behaviourthat living things have developed in order to survive; what Charles Darwin termed "the struggle for existence". Life is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit in association with the Discovery Channel and the Open University. The original script, used in theBritish and Canadian versions of the series, was written and narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
ModeLife is produced in a reflexive mode with therecognisable narrative of Sir David Attenborough.During the narrative Attenborough is either onscreen amongst the animals or providing a voiceover.This is a technique that I plan toincorporate into my owndocumentary because it creates arelationship between the audienceand narrator.
Camera AnglesBBC’s Life documentaries use a variety of camera angles,shots and positions. Incredible two-shots which containthe narrator and the animal he is detailing are the mostwell known shots used in the documentary series. Slowmotion tracking shots of animals in motion are also wellknown in the Life documentaries.For my documentary I plan toinclude a master shot which willcomprise of a panning or trackingshot, similar to those used in Life.
DocumentariesBBC documentaries are produced with aneducational aim. The BBC are mostly known fortheir documentaries on animals, nature andearth’s inhabitants although sometimes producedocumentaries on current social issues.