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Jungles are vast melting pots of life where everything is linked together in a mesh of almost unbelievable complexity - in fact there is probably nothing more complex in the universe.

This series uses the newest science and filming technology to cut through the impenetrable undergrowth and chaos. Spectacular wildlife images and behaviour are combined with stories of scientists and explorers from 500 hundred years ago to the present day.

Graphics add new levels of clarity to the Jungle picture. They clear away the tangle and trees to show where the life is. And reveal unexpected links and intricate connections between the animals and the forest itself. The result is the first modern picture of what a Jungle is and what makes it tick.

We see the smallest details through microscopic lenses and the biggest picture through 3d-enhanced satellite imaging.  In the 4th dimension we speed up time to show the life and death of a tree in a matter of minutes. And slow it down to see the crash of a single rain drop.  High speed cameras reveal the riddle of a bird's dance. And heat-imaging devices show us the largest gathering of fruit bats on earth.

Key stories, animals and plants reverberate through the series adding new levels of understanding every time we come back to them.  This is a ride into the jungle as you have never seen it before.  We reveal the first ever sequence of a Sumatran tiger in the wild.  In the wilds of Madagascar Darwin's famous giant moth is filmed sipping at the orchid for the first time.  Computer graphics enable the first visualization of a strangler fig's kill. New understandings of Chimpanzee behaviour and culture are revealed through chilling scientific footage.  And Martin Nicholas finds the fabled Chicken-Eating spider - a giant Amazonian tarantula yet to be named by science.

This series offers us a new vision of the most complex, the most biodiverse and the most beautiful environment on the planet.


  • Deep Jungle: New Frontiers
    It seems incredible, but there's a species of tiger out there which science is yet to observed in the wild. Planet jungle heads deep into the Sumatran Jungle to achieve what has never been done before. This jungle quest introduces a whole world of other scientific adventurers. And their arsenal of gadgetry can reveal the forest as it has never been seen before. Mobile phones track elephants through the Congo basin. Thermal lenses show us the largest fruit-bat migration on Earth. And high speed video reveals not only one of the fastest movements in the animal kingdom, but also that Michael Jackson's moonwalk lives on in the forests of Costa Rica. Most startling of all are the insights into the Jungle as an engine of extreme evolution. In Madagascar, infra-red cameras reveal Darwin's infamous giant moth. And in Borneo a new 3D mapping technique provides us with a breathtaking virtual tour of the canopy and a glimpse into evolution itself.
  • Deep Jungle: Monsters of The Forest
    We travel to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru to unlock the secret of how a jungle works. State of the art graphics visualise brand new science, showing that we can only understand the jungle by focusing on its basic building block - a giant tree and all the life that lives around it. The biggest creatures of the forest live out their lives here, from the huge Harpy Eagle to the planet's greatest predator, the Strangler Fig. This cube of forest works through an extraordinary web of interconnections, like the electrical connections in a computer, and bee expert David Roubik goes there to find a mysterious key that holds the whole thing together. He discovers that the key is a bizarre relationship between a bee and the perfume of a rare orchid. Martin Nicholas travels to the cube on his hunt for a legendary giant chicken-eating spider. His discovery shows that even in a single cube like this there are layers of complexity still to be discovered. Graphics visualise the natural end of this cube - from the huge Harpy Eagle to one of the planet's biggest predators, the Strangler Fig.
  • Deep Jungle: The Beast Within
    In Deep Jungle, researchers focus on the connections between the rain forest and our own species, looking for possible insights into humanity's past, present, and future. Italian Primatologist, Chloe Cipolletta, tries to make the first contact with lowland Gorillas in the remote African forests of the Congo. Similar contact with other great apes by experts like David Watts in Uganda shows where our ability to use tools came from, and the kind of nature that we might have inherited. American Archaeologists Rene Munoz and Charles Golden, working in the forests of Guatemala, and British Archaeologist Charles Higham in Cambodia are studying the ruins of lost civilizations to discover what happens when we turn the skills we inherited from our primate past against the forest. The fate of these civilizations offers us a powerful lesson about our own future and the future of the jungle.