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The main cast of ‘Dynasties’ are the greatest of their kind


By Su Fen Tan

The main cast of ‘Dynasties’ are the greatest of their kind

Sir David Attenborough is back at it. This time, the revered presenter helms the narration for Dynasties, BBC Earth’s latest programme that tells the intimate stories of five of the animal kingdom’s most celebrated yet endangered species: chimpanzees, emperor penguins, lions, painted wolves and tigers.


Four years in the making, Dynasties saw the production team travel to five countries across the world to document each animal in some of the most intense stories of their kind ever told, taking you into the heart of politics, battles, alliances, take-overs, rivalries and family feuds within the animal kingdom with powerful storytelling.


Five episodes, five extraordinary real-life stories


The Ruler. In Senegal, West Africa, watch as David the chimpanzee leader battle to defend his position, and ultimately, survival.

Photography copyright: Mark MacEwen 2018


The Survivor. Then get transported to Atka Bay, Antartica, where a colony of emperor penguins has arrived after three months of feeding at sea, only to be faced with the coldest and cruellest winter on earth.

Photograph copyright: Stefan Christmann



The Defender. Follow Kenya’s Marsh pride – one of the most famous lion prides in Africa -as they face the perils of the African savannah under the leadership of lioness Charm, who protects the pride after the abandonment of its adult males.

Photographed by: Louis Rummer-Downing. Copyright BBC NHU 2018



The Rebel. On the floodplains of Zimbabwe, a feud ensures between a mother and daughter painted wolf and their packs, threatening the future of one of the last great families of their kind.

Photography copyright Nick Lyon 2018



The Protector. Another mother-daughter dispute over territory thrives in India, where tigress Raj Bhera attempts to raise her family under pressure from both her rivals and humanity.

Photographed by: Theo Webb. Copyright BBC NHU



Three episodes have aired, with two more to go. ‘Dynasties’ is on BBC Earth (unifi TV channel 501) on Sundays at 8.30pm. Catch up with the episodes you missed on BBC Player.

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