Lifesense is a six-part nature documentary television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 in 1991. The series producer was John Downer and the narrator Andrew Sachs. It used groundbreaking effects and filming techniques to show how animals perceive the wildlife, pioneering techniques reveal our lives from the animal's point of view and creatures across the landscapes from the world around them. The same production team went on to make the series' predecessor Supersense in 1988 and to the follow-up series Supernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals in 1999.

Also known asLifesense: Our Lives Through Animal Eyes
GenreNature documentary
Directed byJohn Downer
Narrated byAndrew Sachs
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)John Downer
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Bristol
Lionheart Television International
BBC Natural History Unit
Original networkBBC1
Picture format576i (4:3)
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 November (1991-11-11) 
16 December 1991 (1991-12-16)
Preceded bySupersense
Followed bySupernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals


  1. "Home Life" (11 November 1991)
  2. "Seed of Life" (18 November 1991)
  3. "Partners for Life" (25 November 1991)
  4. "Life and Soul" (2 December 1991)
  5. "Human Life" (9 December 1991)
  6. "Life in the Balance" (16 December 1991)


A VHS release of Lifesense featuring all six 30-minute episodes was released on 19 September 1995.[1]

A hardcover book to accompany the series, Lifesense: Our Lives Through Animal Eyes by John Downer, was released by BBC Books in November 1991 (ISBN 0-563-36115-8).


  1. "Lifesense [VHS]". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
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