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IR David At­ten­bor­ough thought that the pro­duc­ers of new wildlife se­ries Dy­nas­ties were mad when he first heard their idea. The plan for each episode was to spend time on one an­i­mal at a fork in the road and with a life about to change fun­da­men­tally de­pend­ing on which di­rec­tion it took.

Pick­ing the fam­i­lies for th­ese in-depth sto­ries – which crews spent hun­dreds of days in a sin­gle lo­ca­tion film­ing – was a huge risk.

“You can’t tell whether any­thing’s go­ing to hap­pen and you’ve got to be there and avail­able if some­thing does and, at the end of it, noth­ing may have hap­pened,” says 92-yearold Sir David, who was born in West Lon­don.

“What are you go­ing to do then? It’s a huge fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment.”

How­ever, the de­ci­sion paid off, as the much-loved nar­ra­tor of the se­ries adds gen­tly: “Ex­tra­or­di­nary, in­ter­est­ing things did hap­pen in all five that they chose.”

First off, there’s a chim­panzee leader bat­tling for his po­si­tion and his life on the edge of the Sa­hara, while in the sec­ond episode thou­sands of em­peror pen­guins in Antarc­tica gather to face the cold­est and cru­ellest win­ter on Earth.

In the African sa­van­nah, we meet a pow­er­ful li­on­ess, aban­doned by her male pro­tec­tors. Then, on the flood­plains of Zim­babwe, the fo­cus is on a feud be­tween a mother and daugh­ter painted wolf. Last but not least, we see a ti­gress at­tempt­ing to raise her fam­ily in the jun­gles of In­dia, un­der ever-grow­ing pres­sure from her ri­vals and hu­man­ity.

Dy­nas­ties fol­lows on from the suc­cess of award-win­ning se­ries such as 2016’s Planet Earth II, which drew record-break­ing view­ing fig­ures for a na­ture show, and Blue Planet II – the most-watched TV show of 2017. They fur­ther ce­mented the po­si­tion of pre­sen­ter Sir David as a na­tional trea­sure.

Blue Planet II was par­tic­u­larly

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