Review of Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019)

Moving picture, 7 hours

Seen in 2020.

Seen with Swedish-language narration on SVT, including addenda describing how certain scenes were filmed.

Wildlife: One episode per continent, from Antarctica to Africa.

Fine work throughout in this BBC production, with a good mix of known and lesser-known species. The potent motif of walruses crowded out by climate change falling to their deaths is repeated from Netflix’s Our Planet (2019). Highlights include similarly maladapted albatrosses failing to recognize their own chicks when they’re blown out of their tall nests, much smarter polar bears learning to “fish” for huge beluga wales, and African cuckoo catfish (a.k.a. multipunks) doing to cichlids what avian cuckoos do to other birds, with the added twist that the target cichlid’s embryos gestate in its mouth, so that she vomits out the parasites and her own less finished young in a scene like Alien (1979); all of this is after the male cichlid tells the female to lay her eggs by gesticulating with pictures of eggs on his anal fin.

References here: Faktafel på SVT Play.

moving picture non-fiction nature series