David Attenborough concludes his epic history of the evolution of flight with an exploration of the highly advanced fliers that dominate our skies today.


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While flying insects survive unlike flying dinosaurs, and remain the most numerous by far, our modern skies are dominated since by vertebrates who learned to fly. Foremost are birds, whose perfecting of feathers, wings and much more enabled them to adapt to varied environmental needs, in terms of climate, distance, predation and so on. Unlike odd gliders such as the squirrel, the flight of skin-covered-winged bats compares to birds and they too span most of the globe. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 January 2015 (UK) See more »

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Triumphant finish
3 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said many times, David Attenborough is a national treasure. He may apparently dislike the term, but it is hard to not say that about such a great presenter who has contributed significantly to some of the best programmes of the documentary genre and overall.

It is really hard picking favourites, let alone a definite favourite, among what Attenborough has done because he has done so many gems. 'David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D' is another winner of his 3D offerings. Is it among his best and most ground-breaking work? No, he has done a lot of work on flying animals. That doesn't stop it from being any less fascinating and exceptionally well-made. Like Attenborough's other 3D offerings, it contains everything that is so good about his work, regardless of whether it's one of his best or not, and seeing 3D this good for a TV series makes me appreciate 3D in general more.

'David Attenborough's Conquests of the Skies 3D' ends on an episode that lives up to its name, triumphant is right.

"Triumph" looks amazing visually. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting more with the animals) way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The editing is always succinct and smooth and the scenery is spectacular.

3D has had very variable execution when used. Sometimes it can enhance the experience and look great, at other times it distracts and is both overused and abused. Luckily, the 3D here is of the incredibly well made kind and enhances the experience. It is a long way from soulless either, helping one to actually care for something that is non-human.

The music score fits very well, never overly grandiose while never being inappropriate while also being a beautiful score in its own right.

Even if not ground-breaking in terms of information and subject (but very much so in the use of 3D), "Triumph" is incredibly educational and always maintains interest. Still found myself learning a vast amount about the different kinds of birds.

Attenborough's presenting as always helps quite a bit. He clearly knows his stuff and knows what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more.

To conclude, amazing. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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