Is there anything more soothing than observing the bloody, ferocious drama of the animal kingdom, narrated by the wise, soft-voiced Sir David Attenborough?
Now, our collective grandfather is coming back to our living rooms with a brand new nature documentary, and all is right with the world once again.
Later this year, the 92-year-old naturalist will present Dynasty, a five part series which will follow the lives of wild animals in their natural habitat, including lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins.
Each episode of Dynasty will focus on the ‘leader’ of the group, who’s determined to hold on to power. They’ll also battle to protect their family, territory and thus, their dynasty.
These animals, whose odds are stacked against them, will have to preserve their dynasty while up against a number of perils.
Our planet is changing at an incredible rate and the habitats these animals live in are under increasing pressure, not least from the impact of humanity itself.
A passionate environmentalist, Sir David will document their ever-increasing struggles.
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) August 22, 2018
The BBC press office have now offered a glimpse into what can be expected from the programme, tweeting two beautiful ‘first-look images’.
The BBC has high hopes for this exciting new series, with Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, saying:
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.
Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, Tom McDonald, said:
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 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.
Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, added:
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.
VERY impressed with the first look clip that has been shown at #EdTVFest of Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC1 series #Dynasty about species who are iconic and endangered. Will be a must-see that’s for sure.
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) August 22, 2018
Sir David Attenborough always in complete childlike awe of everything around him is so relatable. I don't think I'll live to see my 90s, nor do I really have any desire to, but on the off chance that I do, I hope to have a similar sense of wonder and curiosity about the world.
— Christi Gravett (@Hallo_Mea) August 22, 2018
This coming September, Sir David will attend a gala hosted by the Perfect World Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden as a guest of honour.
Here he will be given an honorary prize for his continuously wonderful work, which has inspired generations of viewers to empathise with the lives and suffering of animals.
Previous recipients of this award have included primatologist Jane Goodall and paleoanthropologist Dr Richard Leakey.
CEO and founder, Ragnhild Jacobsson, said in a statement:
Through his work, Sir David Attenborough has given wildlife a voice and raised interest for nature and wildlife world over. It is a great honour to have him as our guest.
Ahh David Attenborough documentaries. pic.twitter.com/ox9H3M989e
— Paul B/ Barbs (@GeographyNow) August 22, 2018
David Attenborough honestly just fascinates me
— H o l l i e ? (@CorcoranHollie) August 19, 2018
David Attenborough has the best documentary narrator voice ever. Prove me wrong.
— Rob Stiles (@robstiles1) August 18, 2018
A living legend, Sir David never fails to educate and entertain us with his incomparable documentaries.
Can’t wait for this!
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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.