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Greenlit: Easter Eggs Live

Easter Eggs Live (6 x 3-min + 2 x 60′) – The egg is one of nature’s most ingenious creations. Now a new series of live Easter programmes and live streaming at channel4.com/eggs will reveal the wonderful – and downright weird – world of eggs for the first time.  The programmes are presented by Mark Evans, alongside Jimmy Doherty and amphibian enthusiast Lucy Cooke as well as leading experts.

From crocodiles to cockroaches, fish to frogs, turtles to termites, sharks to snakes, penguins to preying mantis and spiders to salamanders, 99% of life comes from an egg. The programmes will show amazing imagery of hatching across a wide range of homegrown and exotic eggs from around the world.

Broadcast from a striking, state-of-the-art hatching studio, the programmes will be a TV and science first, exploring the new science of embryonic behavior across the animal kingdom and promising startling new insights into animal behavior from the hidden world inside the shell.

Using the very latest equipment, including powerful scanners and super-sensitive microphones, the programmes will reveal the beginnings of life like never before and show the remarkable, life-or-death journeys animals make as they break out and begin life in the outside world.

Viewers will be able to listen in, for the first time, as, BAFTA award-winning sound recordist Chris Watson wires up the eggs for sounds and vibrations. He will eavesdrop on reptile heartbeats; listen in to bird embryos talking to their siblings and calling out to their parents for attention and tune in to insect eggs as they explode into life.

The programmes will also reveal that some bird embryos learn ‘secret passwords’ from their parents – a single note that they sing when they hatch. They will also showcase never-before-seen footage of lizards hatching early to escape danger; unveil unseen images of caterpillars transforming into butterflies inside the cocoon and scientists will, for the first time, attempt to grow man-made eggshell.

And Mark will be making a live phone call to Australia – to a croc!

From Monday 25th March, 17 ‘egg streams’ will be going live. Follow the eggs 24/7 and catch them at the all-important moment when they hatch. There’ll be crocodiles, emus, penguins, spiders, turtles, snakes….every animal featured in the programmes.

And once the animals have hatched, ‘Baby Cam’ will stream all the baby animal action live. A team of natural history experts will be working around the clock to provide updates and answer your questions. And join us online straight after the programmes for an after-show chat with our presenters.

Viewers can follow all the action around the clock at channel4.com/eggs

Or follow on Twitter for all the latest updates on our eggs as they happen twitter.com/eastereggslive – using #eggslive
Mark and his co-presenters, Jimmy Doherty and amphibian enthusiast, Lucy Cooke, along with a range of animal experts will be answering a huge array of questions about eggs sent in via social media, such as: why are eggs egg-shaped, what are the largest and smallest eggs, how do embryos get out of their eggs, how do they breathe inside their eggs and the old chestnut: what came first, the chicken or the egg…?Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Windfall Films

TX: 25th March 2013

Source: Channel 4 press release

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