Sir David Attenborough will present new landmark BBC series Dynasty (w/t) which follows animals in their battle to establish dominance and protect their families.
Each episode will follow an individual animal – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins – at the most critical period in their lives as they navigate the world’s rapidly changing habitats.
This series will show for the first time what an animal must do to create and maintain a dynasty, and leave a legacy in nature.
Made by the team behind Blue Planet II, the most watched programme of 2017, the BBC aims to recapture its success with new ‘intimate animal dramas’.
The BBC says, “This is an intense portrayal of the lives of these animals as they unfold, day-by-day, hour-by-hour, where the tiniest incident may end up having a huge consequence on their future. Their chances of success depend on their own strength of character, their choices and on luck. But these animals do not operate alone - their success or failure will also hinge on how they work with, or against, their own families."
The series has been four years in the making and is due to air on BBC One later this year.
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”
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."