We don’t mean to creep you out here, and forgive us if you start to feel a little itchy after reading this, but in a single square metre, you could potentially find up to 200 spiders. More than 40,000 species of spiders inhabit the planet, which means these eight-legged critters probably outnumber cans of Raid by a healthy margin. But while their numbers may be great and they may look spooky, there might not be all that much to fear from the poor, misunderstood arachnid. This special uses state-of-the-art filming techniques to reveal the secret world of one of nature’s most enduring and adaptable creatures.
Partners: Zed / Nova Media for ARTE, Ushuaia TV, National Geographic Channel U.S., High Fidelity, TV5 Canada; distributed by Zed (Paris)
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Airing: April 2012 (ARTE)
Rights available: Worldwide