OUR WEEKLY REVIEW OF THE BRAND NEW BBC SERIES
Dynasties is the latest televisual marvel from the BBC Natural History Unit, whose team have brought us such landmark series as Planet Earth, The Life of Mammals and the UK’s most-watched TV show of 2017, Blue Planet II. Evergreen presenter Sir David Attenborough, still out in the field at the age of 92, blesses our eardrums once again with his inimitable brand of commentary that has enshrined him as the voice of nature programming.
Of the five species featured in Dynasties, only one – the African wild dog, or painted dog – is not quite a household name. Lions, tigers, chimpanzees and emperor penguins are among the most distinctive and charismatic animals on the planet, a fixture of our films, books and TV shows from a young age. How, then, does Dynasties aim to portray these instantly recognisable species in a new light? The clue is in the name. “The family is one of the most powerful forces in nature,” intones Sir David in the series’ introduction, and it is the daily struggle to both establish and protect one’s dynasty that lies at the heart of each captivating episode.