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Sir David Attenborough to present BBC One’s Dynasty

[W]orld renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough will present Dynasty (w/t), a brand new five-part landmark series from the multi-award winning BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions, to air later this year on BBC One.

Each episode of Dynasty follows individual animals – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins – at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler – a leader of their family, their troop, their pride – each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.

The odds are stacked against them – our planet is changing at an extraordinary rate and the habitats these animals live in are under increasing pressure, not least from the impact of humanity itself.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, says: “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.”

Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, says: “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.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, says: “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”

From the team behind Life Story and Planet Earth II, this is 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. Their chances of success depend on their own strength of character, their choices and on luck. But these animals do not operate alone – their success or failure will also hinge on how they work with, or against, their own families.

This series will show for the first time what an animal must do to create and maintain a dynasty, and leave the most important legacy in nature.

Dynasty (5×60′) is a BBC Studios natural history unit production for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions, is executive produced by Mike Gunton. The series producer is Rupert Barrington, and it was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of Content and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. It will air later this year. Dynasty will be shot in Ultra HD.

Following the outstanding success of Planet Earth II in 2016 and Blue Planet II in 2017, 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 4,768,000

Dynasty will be launched to international TV buyers at BBC Worldwide Showcase 2018 (18-21 February) with a special event dedicated to the series. BBC Worldwide Showcase is the world’s largest single-distributor sales market, attracting around 700 delegates from around the world.

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