Primates are uniquely intelligent, engaging in problem solving, communication, tool use and intimate social interplay.

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New filming techniques reveal behaviour that was previously impossible to capture in extreme locations. Fly amongst one of the largest migrations on Earth, as more than ten million fruit bats leave the Congo basin and converge in a few special trees in Zambia to feed; sprint with the tiny, extraordinary-looking sengis as it escapes a predatory lizard; see 30 polar bears gather to feed on a bowhead whale carcass; and witness the biggest fight on Earth…male humpback whales battling for a female.

  • 2018-07-22T02:00:00-07:00


Fish can fly, sense electricity, swim at over 100mph and even walk on land. From the open ocean to coral reef and storm-ravaged surf to the freshwater springs of Kenya, swim with sharks, mudskippers and convict fish. See ‘sarcastic fringe-heads’ fighting for their homes; hunt with sailfish; glide with flying fish; enter the secret world of courting sea-dragons; and even join the epic journey of the tiny, cliffclimbing gobies.

  • 2018-07-24T15:00:00-07:00
  • 2018-07-29T02:00:00-07:00


Birds are supremely adaptable, capable not only of flying at phenomenal speeds and covering great distances, but of displaying a murderous nature, running on water in pursuit of love and even of building intricate structures.

  • 2018-07-31T15:00:00-07:00
  • 2018-08-05T02:00:00-07:00


There are 200 million insects for each of us. They are the most successful animal group ever. Their key is an armored covering that takes on almost any shape.  Darwin's stag beetle fights in the tree tops with huge curved jaws. The camera flies with millions of monarch butterflies which migrate 2000 miles, navigating by the sun.  Super-slow motion shows a bombardier beetle firing boiling liquid at enemies through a rotating nozzle.  A honey bee army stings a raiding bear into submission.

  • 2018-08-07T15:00:00-07:00
  • 2018-08-12T02:00:00-07:00

Hunters & Hunted

Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted.  In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands does something unique: it sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea.  Slow-motion cameras reveal the star-nosed mole's newly-discovered technique for smelling prey underwater: it exhales then inhales a bubble of air ten times per second.

  • 2018-08-14T15:00:00-07:00