‘Attenborough’s Life in Colour’: everything you need to know about Sir David Attenborough’s spectacular wildlife series

Sir David Attenborough Attenborough's Life in Colour
Sir David Attenborough with a toucan in Attenborough's Life in Colour. (Image credit: BBC/Humble Bee Films/SeaLight Pictures/Gavin Thurston)

Nobody showcases the wonders of nature quite like Sir David Attenborough. Now, the veteran broadcaster is back with an epic new BBC1 series Attenborough’s Life in Colour, exploring the impact of colour on the animal kingdom.

Here’s everything you need to know about Attenborough's Life in Colour

Where can we watch Attenborough’s Life in Colour?

Attenborough’s Life in Colour, which is two parts, starts on Sunday February 28 on BBC1 and BBC iPlayer at 7pm.

What is Attenborough’s Life in Colour about?

The series see Sir David Attenborough examine how colour is vital within the natural world. He looks at how many creatures’ pigmentations and patterns help them attract a mate, beat a rival, hunt their prey or avoid predators.

“For us, colour is a source of beauty and wonder but for animals, it’s a tool for survival,” says Attenborough. “Colours attract attention, blend beautifully with their background and create extraordinary displays.”

Attenborough's Life in Colour also uses state-of-the-art technology to uncover how a variety of creatures can see a wider colour spectrum than humans.

“With new cameras, some developed especially for this series, we can reveal a world which has long been hidden from our eyes and that only some animals can see,” explains Attenborough.

Mandrill in Attenborough's Life in Colour.

A vibrant mandrill in Attenborough's Life in Colour. (Image credit: BBC/Humble BeeFilms/SeaLight Pictures/Guthrie O'Brien)

A host of creatures from across the globe come under the spotlight, including several birds who are seen displaying their gorgeous colours in a courtship dance to win a mate such as the hummingbird, peacock, bird-of-paradise and flamingo.

Attenborough also profiles mammals such as the Bengal tiger, whose orange fur is nearly invisible to its prey, while the black and white stripes of a zebra are a clever optical illusion to confuse its predators. Footage of male mandrill monkeys shows how their vibrant faces and rumps display their status to their peers. And the presenter also reveals how the iridescent peacock mantis shrimp reflects polarised light to signal to mates and rivals.

A peacock mantis shrimp in Attenborough's Life in Colour

A peacock mantis shrimp in Attenborough's Life in Colour. (Image credit: BBC/Humble BeeFilms/SeaLight Pictures/Roy Caldwell)

Is there a trailer?

There certainly is and it's a delight! It sees Attenborough demonstrate the startling difference between how we see a flower or a butterfly and how they are seen through an insect’s eyes. The brightly hued poison-dart frog and the fiddler crab also appear and a camouflaged tiger is shown lying in wait for a deer. A colourful toucan and a dazzling zebra are featured too. “There’s more to this story than meets the eye,” says Attenborough.

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.