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they are, which I ad­mire th­ese guys [the pro­duc­ers] for, is a new form of wildlife film­mak­ing.”

While en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues aren’t the fo­cus of Dy­nas­ties, Sir David sug­gests the demise of our world and what we can do about it is “al­ways there th­ese days. Whether it’s pop­u­la­tion or whether it’s the cli­mate or whether it’s the acid­ity of the sea, there is al­ways that facet of the crys­tal that you can take.

“And we do have a prob­lem as to, do we ac­tu­ally, ev­ery time the im­age comes up, say: ‘But re­mem­ber they’re in dan­ger’.

“How of­ten do you say this with­out it be­com­ing a real turn-off? It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble to ig­nore it but equally we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity of mak­ing pro­grammes which look at all the rest of the as­pects.”

Sir David joined the BBC in 1952 and within two years cre­ated his ac­claimed Zoo Quest se­ries, film­ing wild an­i­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat for the first time. He has con­tin­ued to present nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries, in­clud­ing The Tri­als of Life, Life of Mam­mals and Frozen Planet, over the decades since, with his fans span­ning gen­er­a­tions.

In fact, the BBC con­firmed the first three episodes of Planet Earth II at­tracted more view­ers aged 16-34 than The X Fac­tor on ITV.

Sir David re­veals we can ex­pect sev­eral mo­ments like this in Dy­nas­ties, in­clud­ing one in the first episode when we see the king of a chimp troop be­ing beaten up.

“What they have said in the de­scrip­tion of the pro­gramme is that we will show what hap­pens. We are not go­ing to tart this up, we are not go­ing to dis­tort it in any way,” he says.

“If it’s a tri­umph, fine, if it’s a tragedy, that too we will show.

Dy­nas­ties, BBC1, Sun­day, 8.30pm

Rob­bing Your Rel­a­tives (C5, 9pm)

Fam­i­lies are sup­posed to pro­tect and love one an­other but fam­ily fraud is on the in­crease, with mil­lions of pounds be­ing stolen from vic­tims by their own flesh and blood. This first pro­gramme in a two-parter fea­tures sev­eral such cases, in­clud­ing the mother who plun­dered more than £500,000 from her son’s in­sur­ance pay­out af­ter he nar­rowly sur­vived a fa­tal car crash. Plus, the daugh­ter who stole her mother’s life sav­ings, leav­ing her to die pen­ni­less, and the dis­abled sin­gle mother who faced fi­nan­cial ruin af­ter her son took more than £1,000 from her when he was only 10 years old.

The First (C4, 9pm)

Sean Penn and Natascha McEl­hone star in the US drama about a team of as­tro­nauts and sci­en­tists caught up in the race to be­come the first to reach Mars on a coloni­sa­tion mis­sion. A dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion puts Kayla and Tom at odds with each other, while a prob­lem arises with the Mars as­cent ve­hi­cle that may jeop­ar­dise the safety of the crew. Aiko hosts a din­ner party to cel­e­brate Sadie and Ol­lie’s wed­ding an­niver­sary. Co-star­ring LisaGay Hamil­ton, Anna Ja­coby-Heron and Melissa Ge­orge.

Chil­dren in Need 2018 (BBC1, 7.30pm)

You know that Christ­mas isn’t too far away when the clocks go back and Chil­dren in Need comes around again. The first part of the telethon ends at 10pm, be­fore which Tess Daly and Ade Ade­pitan kick off the evening’s en­ter­tain­ing with a huge per­for­mance from a hit West End mu­si­cal and a song from the Chil­dren’s Choir, fea­tur­ing singers from across the coun­try in a live link-up. Gra­ham Nor­ton and Mel Giedroyc then take over, pre­sent­ing more fun, fundrais­ing and sur­prise guests, as well as a re­port about the Rick­shaw Chal­lenge team as it crosses the fin­ish line in Sal­ford and a Strictly Come Danc­ing spe­cial. The pro­gramme re­turns at 10.40pm with Marvin and Rochelle Humes joined by new co-host Rob Beck­ett for al­most three fur­ther hours of non-stop en­ter­tain­ment.

Un­re­ported World (C4, 7.30pm)

Mar­cel Th­er­oux is granted rare ac­cess to North Korea, wit­ness­ing the first Mass Games to be held in five years, in which 100,000 cit­i­zens sing for the father­land in cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s 70th an­niver­sary. He tours Py­ongyang’s metro sys­tem, vis­its a trade fair and a col­lec­tive farm, and gets an of­fi­cially sanc­tioned hair­cut. How­ever, as he ob­serves a chang­ing coun­try with an emerg­ing soft cap­i­tal­ism, Th­er­oux is con­stantly re­minded of the things his of­fi­cial min­der Mr Ri isn’t show­ing them, such as the nu­mer­ous po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers and the one in five chil­dren stunted by a lack of food.

100 Years of the RAF (C5, 8pm)

On April 1, 1918, the Royal Air Force was born. It is now the old­est in­de­pen­dent air force in the world, and at the time of its for­ma­tion, the largest. In the decades since, the courage and per­se­ver­ance of its per­son­nel, cou­pled with its in­no­va­tions, have helped se­cure free­dom and safety for many, both at home and abroad. In this fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary, Mar­tyn Lewis nar­rates the RAF’s his­tory, re­veal­ing how it still strives to live up to its mis­sion state­ment to pro­vide an ag­ile, adapt­able and ca­pa­ble air force that, per­son for per­son, is sec­ond to none, and that makes a de­ci­sive air power con­tri­bu­tion in sup­port of the UK de­fence mis­sion. Sto­ries of brav­ery and sac­ri­fice are re­vealed, along­side pre­vi­ously un­seen his­tor­i­cal footage of both world wars.

Alone at Home (C4, 8pm)

Ali­son and hus­band An­drew have three chil­dren. Their youngest two, 12-year-old Lola and 10-year-old Travis, of­ten ar­gue, leav­ing Ali­son “at her wit’s end”. How­ever, Lola wants to prove that she is more ca­pa­ble than her par­ents be­lieve is the case. Their el­dest child, 15-year-old Char­lie, has Down’s syn­drome, although Ali­son feels peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate him and hopes four days “home alone” un­der arm’s-length su­per­vi­sion will see him be­come more in­de­pen­dent and con­fi­dent. How­ever, the big­gest rev­e­la­tion of the sep­a­ra­tion ac­tu­ally comes from Ali­son.

this new se­ries is more of a com­pan­ion piece with the fo­cus firmly on the drug car­tels of Mex­ico dur­ing the 1980s. Michael Pena heads the cast as Kiki Ca­marena, an un­der­cover DEA agent who has re­cently moved his wife and son from Cal­i­for­nia to Guadala­jara be­fore a new as­sign­ment. The job turns out to be more chal­leng­ing than he could ever have imag­ined. Kiki be­comes em­broiled in the world of Fe­lix Gal­lardo (Diego Luna), the man be­hind the rise of the Guadala­jara Car­tel who builds an em­pire by uni­fy­ing an army of traf­fick­ers. As Kiki learns more about Gal­lardo’s op­er­a­tion, a tragic chain of events be­gins to un­fold.

It’s 20 years since a group of uni­ver­sity friends de­cided to swap their band’s name from Starfish to Cold­play and they haven’t looked back since. Hit af­ter hit has come their way, win­ning them fans around the globe who, at live con­certs, prob­a­bly know the words to the likes of Fix You, Trou­ble and Yel­low bet­ter than even lead singer Chris Mar­tin. To mark the an­niver­sary, Cold­play are re­leas­ing a doc­u­men­tary that looks back at the band’s his­tory, from those early days, when they re­hearsed in a cramped bed­room, to their cur­rent stand­ing as one of the world’s big­gest acts. To tie in with the film, Ama­zon Mu­sic is also mak­ing three ex­clu­sive live tracks – Stayin’ Alive, Us Against the World and Don’t Panic – avail­able to stream.

Cold­play: A Head Full of Dreams, Ama­zon Prime

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