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The Miracle of Life

"The Miracle of Life" was an episode produced by Nova about the human reproductive process. The episode won multiple awards including a Peabody and an Emmy.[1] Photographed by Lennart Nilsson, the program was originally aired in Sweden as "The Saga of Life."[2] The BBC acquired the episode for the documentary series Horizon and aired it on October 11, 1982.[3] The original Swedish version was broadcast on November 25, 1982.[2]

The Nova episode was written and produced by Bebe Nixon and narrated by Anita Sangiolo, airing on February 15, 1983.[4]

A sequel called "Life's Greatest Miracle" aired on November 20, 2001 on PBS using microimagery taken by Lennart Nilsson with narration by John Lithgow.[5]


The episode won the following awards:[1]



  1. ^ a b "NOVA – Broadcast Awards Listed by Date".  
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  5. ^ "Life's Greatest Miracle". NOVA. 
  6. ^ "The Peabody Awards - NOVA: The Miracle of Life". PEABody Awards. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

External links

  • NOVA: The Miracle of Life DVD, PBS
  • Life's Greatest Miracle Video on PBS

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