DOCUMENTARY BBC1 HD, 8.30pm
David Attenborough presents this landmark series looking at the lives of chimps, lions, hunting dogs, tigers and emperor penguins.
Dynasties Sunday, BBC1 Hd, 8.30pm
FROM BRUTAL LEADERSHIP battles to vicious family feuds, David Attenborough’s epic new series has all the twists and turns, heartache and high drama that you’d expect from a top thriller.
The ambitious five-part series, which has been four years in the making, takes an intimate look at the crucial turning points in the lives of individual families from five of the world’s bestknown but endangered species – chimpanzees, penguins, lions, painted wolves and tigers – and reveals how their social dynamics are integral to their survival.
Cameras have captured jawdropping footage of life-or-death moments for each animal family, beginning this week with a tense and emotional power struggle within a troupe of chimps.
The series also explores how each species faces threats from both nature and mankind. Attenborough hopes Dynasties can have a similar ecological impact as Blue Planet II, which brought attention to the problem of plastic in our oceans.
‘We go from the South Pole to West Africa and the common concern is allowing animals space,’ explains
‘There are some telling scenes that show the encroachment of the human population.’
Here, he gives the lowdown on each episode…
‘There are some telling scenes that show the encroachment of the human population’ DAVID ATTENBOROUGH