The series starts by following a troupe of chimpanzees in Senegal, West Africa. The group’s leader, David, has held onto power for three years, and faces constant, and potentially deadly, challenges for his crown from aggressive rivals Luthor and Jumkin.
‘This is a story about power, politics and the fight for survival,’ says Attenborough. ‘David is the longest-running alpha this group has ever seen but there will always be rivals. It was my misfortune that this old grizzled chimpanzee, who has been there forever and is wondering how he is even holding on, is called David!’