ocumentary presented by Sir David Attenborough following endangered species fighting for their survival.
In the first episode, in Senegal, West Africa, live a group of chimpanzees led by an alphamale named David. He has already been alpha for three years - a time when leaders here are usually overthrown. To make matters worse, David has no allies - no-one to help him defend his leadership. As the dry season sets in, the group are forced closer together to survive. But David is now surrounded by rivals who all want his crown and are prepared to kill him for it.
David faces brutal battles, has his world engulfed in flames and has to pull off an extraordinary act of deception. In a story of power and politics, can David overcome the threats to his leadership and hold on to the alpha position long enough to sire a possible future heir to his throne?
Michael Gunton, executive producer told us: “At its most basic, Dynasties is about animal families, and the unique situations where the family has the ability to control and dominate the landscape.
“These animals live as a pride or a troop or a pack and, if you are the ruler of that family, you get everything. You get all the mating, you get all the food, you are effectively the equivalent of the king.
“So, it’s about the power of family, but it’s also about the struggle to become the most powerful within the family.
“At its most extreme, as with the chimpanzee film, it’s literally about other males trying to topple a king. And, at the other end of the spectrum, we have emperor penguins, where a colony of families help each other survive together. It’s a really interesting exploration of the power of family.”