Preview | The Egg: Life’s Perfect Invention - About

Premieres Wednesday, April 10 at 8 pm EST (check local listings)

The egg is perhaps nature’s most perfect life support system. These remarkable structures nurture new life; protecting it from the outside world at the same time as allowing it to breathe. They are strong enough to withstand the full weight of an incubating parent and weak enough for a hatchling to break free. But how is an egg made? Why are they the shape they are? And perhaps most importantly, why lay an egg at all? Piece by piece from creation to hatching, host David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.

Production Credits Print

Presented By
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Directed, Produced and Written By
BETH JONES AND MIKE BIRKHEAD

Film Editor
RICHARD WILKINSON

Principal Photography
GEORGE WOODCOCK

Additional Photography
BEN SADD
BEN TUTTON
DAWSON DUNNING
NICK LYON
RALPH BOWER
ROBIN SMITH

Sound Recordist
EWAN DRYBURGH

Composer
BARNABY TAYLOR

Midi Programmer
ED WATKINS

Graphics
MICK CONNAIRE

Scientific Consultant
TIM BIRKHEAD

Archive
BBC MOTION GALLERY
DUNCAN JACKSON
TIM BIRKHEAD
IMAGING AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Colorist
PAUL INGVARRSON

Dubbing Mixer
GRAHAM WILD

Sound Design
DAVID YAPP

Production Accountant
ANNIE McGEOCH

Production Manager
CAROLINE AITZETMULLER

Line Producer
CHERRY DORRETT

Special Thanks
ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY
DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL AND PLANT SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
DOUGLAS RUSSELL
DUNCAN JACKSON
EDWARD GREY INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
ELLEN THALER
IMPERIAL COLLEGE
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
STEVE ROBERTS
TOMMASO PIZZARI
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
THE WESTERN FOUNDATION OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
WILDLIFE TRUST OF SOUTH AND WEST WALES

 

For the BBC

Production Coordinator
JOANNA MANLEY

Production Manager
PAULINE GATES

Series Editor
ROGER WEBB

 

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
KAREN HO

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
JON BERMAN

Original Funding Provided in Part by
The Arnhold Family in Memory of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in Memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas
The M. & H. Sommer Foundation
Ron Hull
The Hite Foundation
Bradley L. Goldberg Family Foundation
Charles Rosenblum
The Sun Hill Family Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A MIKE BIRKHEAD ASSOCIATES PRODUCTION FOR THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC AND BBC STUDIOS IN ASSOCIATION WITH WNET

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