Sir David At­ten­bor­ough's sooth­ing voice re­turns to nar­rate Dy­nas­ties, which doc­u­ments the lives of five of the most cel­e­brated and en­dan­gered an­i­mals on the planet

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The broad­caster talks about the chal­lenges of mak­ing the se­ries and why view­ers will find it a wel­come re­lief from the daily news cy­cle.

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough thought 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 par­tic­u­lar 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 in­depth 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 92­year­old 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 much­loved nar­ra­tor 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 ever­grow­ing pres­sure from her ri­vals and hu­man­ity.

Around 8.5 bil­lion plas­tic straws are thrown away each year, con­tribut­ing to the more than 150 mil­lion tonnes of plas­tic in the world's oceans.

"When you talk to the peo­ple who were work­ing on that, they were all ab­so­lutely ag­o­nised by the amount of plas­tic, just ev­ery­where," says Sir David.

Fol­low­ing on from the as­ton­ish­ing re­sponse to Blue Planet II, it has been an­nounced plas­tic straws, drinks stir­rers and cot­ton buds could be banned from sale in Eng­land without it be­com­ing a real turn real tragedy'." un­der plans be­ing set out by off ? It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble to There are bound to be other Theresa May. ig­nore it but equally we have a heart­break­ing mo­ments in

Asked if the aim of Dyn­re­spon­si­bil­ity of mak­ing proDy­nas­ties ­ af­ter all, as ex­e­cuasties is to have a sim­i­lar im­grammes which look at all the tive pro­ducer Michael Gun­ton pact on gov­ern­ment pol­icy, Sir rest of the as­pects." puts it, these are an­i­mals in David rea­sons: "We all have reSir David first joined the trou­ble. spon­si­bil­i­ties as ci­ti­zens but BBC in 1952 and within two "There is an en­vi­ron­men­tal our pri­mary job is to make a years cre­ated his ac­claimed sub­text to this ­ all these anis­eries of pro­grammes which Zoo Quest se­ries, film­ing wild mals are in de­cline be­cause are grip­ping and truth­ful and an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habithere isn't enough space for speak about some­thing quite tat for the very first time. them," he adds. im­por­tant, and to tell it in its He has con­tin­ued to present But there will be uplift­ing round full­ness. nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries, in­clud­tales of sur­vival, too, and

"These aren't eco­log­i­cal pro­ing The Tri­als of Life Life of view­ers will no doubt be left grammes, they're not pros­e­lyMam­mals and Frozen Planet, think­ing about their re­la­tion­tis­ing pro­grammes, they're not over the decades since, with his ship with na­ture as we learn alarmist pro­grammes. fans span­ning gen­er­a­tions. about the lives these ex­traordi

"What they are, which I adIn fact, the BBC con­firmed nary an­i­mals lead. mire these guys [the pro­duc­ers] the first three episodes of With what feels like a con­for, is a new form of wildlife Planet Earth II at­tracted more stant news stream about the film­mak­ing." view­ers in the 16 to 34 age tur­bu­lent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate we

While en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues bracket than The X Fac­tor on cur­rently find our­selves liv­ing aren't the fo­cus of Dy­nas­ties, ITV. through, Sir David be­lieves we Sir David sug­gests the demise Clips from the show went need shows like Dy­nas­ties. of our world and what we can vi­ral on so­cial me­dia ­ most "I think all of us think that, Dy­nas­ties fol­lows on from the do about it is "al­ways there memorable per­haps was a se­faced with what we are fac­ing, suc­cess of award­win­ning se­ries these days". quence show­ing a baby iguana with Brexit and on the other such as 2016's Planet Earth II, "Whether it's pop­u­la­tion or be­ing chased by snakes. side of the At­lantic, ev­ery time which drew record­break­ing whether it's the cli­mate or Sir David re­veals we can exyou turn on the tele­vi­sion set view­ing fig­ures for a na­ture whether it's the acid­ity of the pect sev­eral mo­ments like this you get it," he says. show, and Blue Planet II ­ the sea, there is al­ways that facet in Dy­nas­ties, in­clud­ing one in "I cer­tainly watch the news most­watched TV show of 2017. of the crys­tal that you can the very first episode when we all the time and to get a pro

They fur­ther ce­mented the take," adds the fa­ther­of­two, see the king of a chimp troop gramme which is about some­po­si­tion of pre­sen­ter Sir David whose wife El­iz­a­beth died of a beaten up. thing which is more fun­dame­nas a na­tional trea­sure. brain haem­or­rhage in 1997. "What they have said in the tal and more el­e­men­tal, and

Blue Planet II was par­ticu"And we do have a prob­lem de­scrip­tion of the pro­gramme also ab­so­lutely true, is a great larly memorable for high­ligh­tas to, do we ac­tu­ally, ev­ery time is that we will show what ... I wouldn't say it's an es­cape, ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­the im­age comes up, say 'but re­hap­pens ­ we are not go­ing to be­cause it's re­al­ity, but it's a tro­phe tak­ing place in our mem­ber they're in dan­ger'. tart this up, we are not go­ing to great change and it's a great re­o­ceans. lief."Howof­ten­doy­ousaythis­dis­tor­titi­nany­way,"hesays.

"If it's a tri­umph, fine, if it's "The fact that even it [Dyna tragedy, that too we asties] has over­tones and will show. And at im­pli­ca­tions into our that par­tic­u­lar own lives and our mo­ment [with own de­ci­sions is David the as it should be chimp], the but it's as far as film­mak­ers you can get sud­denly away from the thought 'and po­lit­i­cal land­now the pass­cape, which sage of this film oth­er­wise is de­ter­mined, dom­i­nates this is go­ing to be a your thoughts."

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