David Attenborough’s New Nature Documentary Is ‘Even More Gripping Than Planet Earth II’

by : Julia Banim on : 27 Aug 2018 14:02
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At 92-years-old, Sir David Attenborough shows no sign of slowing down, with a new BBC documentary preparing to stampede into the nation’s living rooms.


It seems the nonagenarian naturist is continuing to enhance the quality of his documentary making, with new five part series, Dynasty, hailed to be ‘even more intense and gripping’ than TV landmarks Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

High praise indeed, although it’s hard to imagine how improvements could be made without a group of baby gorillas actually scampering through your TV screen and cuddling up with you on the sofa.

Executive Producer at the BBC, Mike Gunton, made the following intriguing statement in a press release:


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.

Dynasty will follow wild animal ‘leaders’ in their natural habitat, as they cling to power under gruelling circumstances.

The series will look at how lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins struggle to protect their family and territory, under increasingly challenging circumstances, ultimately striving to preserve their dynasty.

Director of Content at the BBC, Charlotte Moore, previously said:

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.

Speaking at a London based BAFTA masterclass, as reported by the Mirror, Sir David hinted this series will include some moments of darkness:

I am not going to go into detail but I can tell you there will be some fairly dark moments and we won’t tidy it up.

This is a new concept and I am privileged to have been be asked to write some of the commentary.


Much like elephants gathering at a watering hole, armchair naturalists have gathered together on social media to celebrate the impending return of one of the most beloved broadcasters in TV history.

One person tweeted:

His documentaries are easily my favourites of all time. Partly because of his personal brand of quality but also because of the tireless work from his brilliant photographers and crew.

Another remarked:

I got a nice projector recently & we’ve been watching the earth 2 series over and over. Absolutely breathtaking, masterful work. [sic]

Truly makes me unironically feel ‘what a time to be alive’ to have access to these marvellous videos.

Dynasty is set to become our new telly obsession this autumn, with the animals no doubt ready to provide more drama than Love Island and Celebrity Big Brother combined.

There may be a chill in the in the air, but we can all be comforted with the knowledge Sir David will soon be here to take us to distant, beautiful lands.


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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Animals


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