Inside Life

Inside Life is a BBC nature documentary series for children's television which aired on the CBBC Channel in autumn 2009. It is a companion to the BBC Natural History Unit's series, Life, which looks at the extraordinary lengths to which animals and plants go in order to survive and reproduce. The aim of Inside Life is to present this information in a way that is simple for children to understand. Each of the ten Inside Life programmes follows a lucky child as they accompany the Life filmmakers on expeditions around the world with the aim of capturing groundbreaking wildlife footage. The series is aimed at 7-9 year olds.

Inside Life
Region 2 DVD cover art
GenreNature documentary
Children's television
Narrated byBarney Harwood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)Wendy Darke
Producer(s)Scott Alexander
Doug MacKay-Hope
Vanessa Coates
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Natural History Unit
Original networkCBBC Channel
Picture formatSD: 576i (16:9)
Audio formatStereo
Original release13 October (2009-10-13) 
15 December 2009 (2009-12-15)
Related showsLife
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In each 30-minute programme, the presenter (called an Inside Life "agent") first sets out on a fact-finding assignment in the UK to discover more about the animal they will be filming, before joining the Natural History Unit's expedition team to try to film the species in the wild.[1]

A hardback book, Inside Life by Doug Hope and Vanessa Coates was published 2 October 2009 to accompany the series. It is presented in the style of a scrapbook and gives an insight into the programme's creation, as well as providing educational material about the animals featured in the series.[2]

A 2-disc DVD box set of the television series was released by 2Entertain on 30 November 2009.[3]


#TitleDirected byOriginal Airdate
1"Polar Bears"Vanessa Coates13 October 2009 (2009-10-13)
Louise is sent to the freezing state of Alaska to help film some wild polar bears.
2"Komodo Dragons"Doug Mackay-Hope20 October 2009 (2009-10-20)
Isobel travels to Komodo to help the Life team film the Komodo dragon.
3"Gibbons"Vanessa Coates27 October 2009 (2009-10-27)
Bryony scales dizzying heights to help the Life team film gibbons in the treetops of Thailand.
4"Garter Snakes"Scott Alexander3 November 2009 (2009-11-03)
Matthew travels to Canada to get up close and personal with garter snakes.
5"Frigate Birds"Jerry Short10 November 2009 (2009-11-10)
Gregory takes to the skies as he assists the Life in filming frigate birds.
6"Fish Frenzy"TBC17 November 2009 (2009-11-17)
Sam heads to Patagonia in hope of filming a huge underwater bait ball.
7"Tigers"TBC24 November 2009 (2009-11-24)
Scarlett travels to India to film tigers and to find out just how alive the rainforest really is.
8"Rock Climbing Fish"TBC1 December 2009 (2009-12-01)
Jacob heads to Hawaii to capture some footage of the waterfall climbing Gobies.
9"Bahamas Reef"TBC8 December 2009 (2009-12-08)
James dives down in the Bahamas to see just what it takes to create a coral reef.
10"Madagascar Lemurs"TBC15 December 2009 (2009-12-15)
Billy flies to Madagascar to help the Life film the ring tailed lemurs.


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