Sir David Attenborough has a new show coming to the BBC this year and it looks so good.
If there was any news I wanted to hear on a Monday, this is it.
Episodes of Dynasty will follow lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins – at the ‘most critical period’ in their lives.
They are rulers by nature and the programme watches on as they stay determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.
Made by the team behind Blue Planet II, the new series will air on BBC One later this year.
It promises to give 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’.
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, 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.
Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, added:
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.
Sir David will take viewers on a journey, looking at how the animals’ chances of success depend on their own strength of character, ‘choices and on luck’.
Dynasty will also show for the first time what an animal must do to create and maintain a dynasty, and leave the most important legacy in nature.
The BBC said following the outstanding success of Planet Earth II in 2016 and Blue Planet II last year, Dynasty is the ‘natural history landmark series’ for 2018.
Episode one of Blue Planet II was the most watched programme of 2017, drawing in an audience of more than 14 million viewers. It was also the most streamed programme of 2017 on BBC iPlayer, watched by almost 4.8 million – and it was phenomenal viewing so those figures really are of no surprise.
Earlier this month, the Queen announced she would be banning plastic straws and bottles from the royal estates, after working with Sir David.
We all know plastic is destroying the environment, Sir Attenborough even dedicated an episode of Blue Planet to show the extent to which we’re poisoning the world.
Now it seems his determination to get this issue to the forefront of people’s minds has reached the Queen.
Buckingham Palace has outlined its new waste plans and said there was a ‘strong desire to tackle the issue’ at the highest levels of the royal household, according to The Telegraph.
It’s being reported the Queen became personally interested in the issues surrounding plastic use, after working with Sir David on a conservation documentary.
She will phase out plastic straws in public cafes and will ban them altogether in staff dining rooms.
Caterers inside Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will only be allowed to use china plates, glasses, or recyclable paper cups.
As well as this, takeaway food in the Royal Collection cafes must be served in compostable or biodegradable packaging.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said:
Across the organisation, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact.
As part of that, we have taken a number of practical steps to cut back on the use of plastics. At all levels, there’s a strong desire to tackle this issue.