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NOVA collaborates with Swedish scientific photographer Lennart Nilsson to use breathtaking new footage and state-of-the-art computer animation to show – in more complete detail than ever before – the making of a human life. Among the stunning sequences shot by Nilsson is the incredible voyage of the sperm toward the egg. Other events captured in Life?s Greatest Miracle include the journey of the fertilized ovum down the fallopian tube, the hatching of the embryo from its confining shell on day six, and the miraculous transformation of an embryo from a ball of cells into three layers from which all the body?s organs will emerge. Nova delivers a bundle of gestational joy with “Life’s Greatest Miracle,” a magical, humbling look at the complex mechanics of baby making. Similar in content to the 1983 Nova classic “The Miracle of Life,” this artfully designed show features the skilled microphotography of Lennart Nilsson and the jocular voice of narrator John Lithgow. But this time the emphasis is on how an egg, a sperm, and their talented supporting cast (hormones, enzymes, and so on) build a human body, complete with 100 trillion cells. The one-hour show follows an expectant couple whose musings about their unborn child nicely punctuate the stunning inner uterine and embryo film work. Exquisite computer animation illustrates hard-to-show processes, including meiosis (where genes are shuffled and chosen for sex cells). Best of all, Julia Cort’s engaging script offers just the right blend of fact, humor, suspense, and tact to please viewers from high school age on up. –Liane Thomas