Monday 14 November 2016

Planet Earth 2

I can't let another week go by without mentioning this and how much I love it. Those baby iguanas! Those snakes! I was on the edge of my seat. Here's a clip in case you don't know what I'm talking about (fair warning: there are snakes in it)

I think my favourite bit is at 58 seconds, when he's standing there and the snake is actually on him.
"'s on my tail Dave....I just can't..."
"Hold still, it hasn't seen you!"

If you didn't see the episode, this is actually less scary than the first scene when the baby iguana is happily trotting along and then not one but about thirty of these slithery serpents just glide out from nowhere. I thought of my friend Tom, who hates snakes but loves Attenborough. He said he had to hide behind some marking.

I very much enjoyed the eagle scrapping and snow leopards this week, too. And there were considerably fewer animal deaths in this one: no blinded crabs or kamikaze penguins or seedy birds. I surmise based on this episode that mountains are more hospitable than islands.

Well done, BBC. Amazing, amazing production.

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