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Every animal starts out with an overwhelming instinct to survive against the odds, and a single, irrepressible goal – to leave offspring, the next best thing to immortality. Every aspect of the behaviour of every animal on Earth is designed to meet a particular challenge; and every aspect of their physiology has evolved to improve the chances of survival against the odds. In this major new series, Sir David Attenborough explores the many and varied ways in which all manner of animals, from meerkats [above] to humpback whales, negotiate the journey through life – their ‘drive and inventiveness’ he says, is ‘breathtaking’. As is the photography – if you thought that there was nothing more the BBC’s natural history unit could do to surprise you, prepare to be seriously amazed. Thursday,hursday, 9pm, BBC1.