BBC Natural History Unit has announced a new 5 part series, presented by Sir David Attenborough to be co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions.
With the working title Dynasty, each episode follows individual animals – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins – at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler – a leader of their family, their troop, their pride – each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.
But the odds are stacked against them as changes to the planet impact their habitat.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, says: “The wonderful David Attenborough will inspire audiences once again when he brings the natural world to life on BBC One with Dynasty. Four years in the making, capturing extraordinary family dynamics and behaviour, I hope these intimate animal dramas will connect with audiences just as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II did.”
Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, says: “After making Planet Earth II it’s very exciting to now have the chance to show another, and I think even more intense and gripping, perspective on the lives of our planets most impressive, yet vulnerable creatures.”
Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, says: “Dynasty is such a distinctive series, with a completely unique approach to bringing the audience into the lives of these iconic animals. I’m thrilled that Sir David will be bringing his extraordinary storytelling to this incredibly ambitious, landmark project – a gripping portrait of our planet at a tipping point for the animals, their habitats and our world”
It will air in the UK later this year.