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Dynasties: David Attenborough's New Series Is Like Nothing He's Ever Done Before


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Dynasties: David Attenborough's New Series Is Like Nothing He's Ever Done Before

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David Attenborough - or the 'god' as he's commonly known in the UK - has continued to wow audiences with his groundbreaking nature documentaries for well over 60 years.

Making nature fun, the documentary-maker has covered all regions of the world in series such as Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth, in which he and his production team have caught never-before-seen phenomena on camera, from a bird struggling to find love to a dramatic chase between a giraffe and a lion.

And despite ol' Dave celebrating his 92nd birthday this year, he's not ready for retirement just yet. In fact, he'll be back on our screens TONIGHT with his latest BBC documentary series, Dynasties.

Exciting stuff, even more so since the details of the show have been announced and it looks like Attenborough and Co. are mixing things up.

According to Mashable, unlike his previous work, the episodes of Dynasties won't cut between different animals, and instead each hour-long installment will focus on a specific species as they fight for survival under pressure both in and outside of their environment.

Some of the animals in the spotlight include emperor penguins, tigers, lions, chimpanzees and, interestingly, hunting dogs.

The first episode hits BBC1 tonight at 8.30pm and focuses on chimpanzees, in particular on a chimp named David in Senegal who struggles to maintain leadership in his group. Apparently the footage took two years to film, with the production crew walking a total of 2,500km to make the hour-long episode.

Speaking about the experience, the episode's director and producer, Rosie Thomas, said: "We had the opportunity to spend this long time with them, to get to know them.

"And every single one of those chimps in that group had a different personality, and different character, and we got to know those - and by being able to get to know those we were able to read them a lot better, and therefore able to bring each story because we could see how those relationships were forming and changing."

Are you suitably hyped? Yes? Good - that's your evening sorted. Crack open a couple of cold ones, get the snacks in and transport to another realm alongside the soothing voice of David Attenborough. It's what Sundays were made for.

Topics: Blue Planet, BBC, Planet Earth, documentary series, david attenborough, Documentary, Nature

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