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First Flower
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NOVA; First Flower

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NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Premiered March 1974.

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Flowers hold a special place in the plant world as well as in the human heart. There are somewhere between 220,000 to over 400,000 different flowering species on earth. They dominate our gardens and landscapes, and provide many of our staple foods. Yet until recently, almost nothing was known about their origins; Charles Darwin called it "an abominable mystery." In the search for answers, THE FIRST FLOWER The First Flower takes NOVA viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery to a remote mountain region of China, to explore our fascination with flowers and the puzzle of how they began.

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Schreiber, Liev (Narrator)
David, Joey (Producer)
Izatt, Tracey (Producer)
Nguyen, Tina (Producer)
Apsell, Paula S. (Executive Producer)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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