For every animal on earth there is just one goal in life – to continue its bloodline in the form of offspring. The odds may be stacked against it succeeding, but each animal is born with a relentless instinct to overcome those odds and triumph again and again, over every challenge life throws at it.
Life Story, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, shows how animals attempt to overcome the challenges that face them at each of the six crucial stages of life.
The animals must survive the hazards of being young and defenceless, learn how to survive in the adult world, find a home, climb the social ladder to a position of power, win a mate, become a parent and usher the next generation into the world.
Success at each stage means taking a step towards their ultimate target, of creating the next generation.
Each episode shows animals attempting to overcome the challenges of life through resilience, tenacity and extraordinary behaviour.
This is the ultimate battle against the odds. This is Life Story.
In the first episode of Life Story, animals must overcome their first great hurdle – surviving infancy.
In the journey towards adulthood, a moment comes when all animals must strike out on their own.
All animals must find somewhere to call home – a place that provides the necessities of life, shelter from the elements and a refuge from enemies.
As animals mature into adulthood, they must strive to gain a position of power in their worlds.
The competition to win a partner has created some of the most dazzling colours, elaborate dances and life-threatening violence ever seen in nature.
Raising offspring is the ultimate prize and is the final challenge in the game of life.
Executive Producer Mike Gunton and Series Producer Rupert Barrington share the inspiration behind Life Story.
Assistant Producer Theo Webb shares his funniest moment while filming bonobos in the Congo rainforest.
Sir David Attenborough and other members of the production team talk about some of the remarkable new behaviours captured in Life Story.
For the first time in a natural history series, stabilised camera systems were used – a technique usually applied to drama.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a natural history filmmaker? It's not without its challenges as the crew of Life Story reveals.
Bonobos are notoriously difficult to film, as cameraman Rolf Steinmann discovers in this behind-the-scenes clip.