Winner 1999

The Life of Birds by David Attenborough

BBC, London, in association with PBS

Spectacular imagery and impeccable science are combined in the dazzling ten-part series The Life of Birds by David Attenborough. Renowned natural history filmmaker, Sir David Attenborough hosts this masterful production now perched high as the definitive television portrait of the avian species. In addition to writing the script for the series and hosting it, Sir David Attenborough visited all seven continents, flying 250,000 miles in 70 filming trips to 42 countries. Nearly three years in the making, the series takes a close-up look at how birds have evolved from prehistoric times and how they have adapted to life in the modern world. As ever, Sir Attenborough approaches his subject with wit and wonder, from the first flight, through the evolution of breeding and feeding strategies, to the last flickering of species on the verge of extinction. He will gleefully slog through mud, climb dizzying embankments or crawl on all fours to get the bird on film. Nearly 50 photographers assisted in the acquisition of superb footage of more than 9,000 species of birds. To Sir David Attenborough, executive producer Mike Salisbury and a dedicated team of photographers, sound recordists, animators and artists, a Peabody is presented to The Life of Birds by David Attenborough.