Kingdom of Plants

Using time-lapse technology, discover the surprising hidden world of plants. 3D technology reveals a whole new dimension in the lives of plants, from the most bizarre to the most beautiful.

Released : 2012

Runtime : 3 x 60 minutes

In this sensational series, shot over the course of a year, David Attenborough explores the fascinating world of plants. A world where insects feed and breed, where flowers fluoresce and where plants communicate with each other and animals using scent and sound.

He meets the extraordinary animals and fungi that have unbreakable ties with the plant world, from hawk moths and bats, to tiny poison dart frogs and a fungus that can control the mind. He does all this in one unique place – The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London, UK. Using 3D time-lapse and pioneering techniques in 3D macro photography, he traces them from their beginnings on land to their vital place in nature today, exposing new revelations along the way. He moves from our time scale to theirs, revealing the true nature of plants as creatures every bit as dynamic and aggressive as animals.

A multi-platform project, Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough goes beyond traditional TV broadcasting with an accompanying app created especially for Apple iPad, using video and imagery from the series the app provides a virtual tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The companion book contains an introduction by Professor Stephen Hopper, as well as contributions from leading botanists and horticulturists, and unpicks the strands of our planet’s network of botanical life.

Recent awards


3D Creative Arts



A national treasure navigating a national treasure… Remarkable

The Guardian

Stunningly beautiful, one of the few genres enhanced by 3D. Astonishing

The Daily Telegraph

Attenborough’s enthusiasm and authority makes this irresistible, 3D at its most impressive… irresistible

The Daily Mail

Spectacular three-part series, the 3D is stunning. A thrilling new perspective. Watch it.

The Observer

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