Life on Earth and Beyond: Producing the Wildlife Blockbuster

  • Jean-Baptiste GouyonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Science and Popular Culture book series (PSSPC)


Life on Earth was a milestone in the production of wildlife television. It opened a new epoch, characterised by the production of large-scale, ambitious series which rested on the creation of a new public figure for wildlife television: the telenaturalist, as embodied in David Attenborough. In turn, the appearance of this new figure rendered the MOD necessary, for it established the claim that the telenaturalist could be trusted to produce objective knowledge of nature in front of the camera for the benefit of the watching public. The model instituted with Life on Earth was perfected with the next two series, The Living Planet (1979) and The Trials of Life (1990).


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  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology StudiesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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