Premieres Saturday, January 19 at 9 PM ET/PT
on BBC America, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV
Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, these families fight for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties. 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.
Pressure is mounting on some of the most iconic species in the world, as their environments face destruction and change.This series will focus in never-seen-before detail on one particular family from each species per episode: Emperor penguins in the frozen wastes of Antarctica; Chimpanzees on the edge of the Sahara in Senegal, West Africa; Lions on the savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara; Painted wolves on the floodplains of the great Zambezi river in Zimbabwe;Tigers in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, India.
BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit has painstakingly filmed them over four years (!!!) in a new landmark format as they play politics, fight battles, make alliances, launch take-overs, battle rivals and win family feuds. Dynasties will show perhaps the most intimate and intense stories of their kind that have ever been captured before, showing both the immense difficulties of leadership in nature and the relentless determination of animals to protect their families. They face unforeseen challenges not only from within their species and their rivals, but from changes to their environment, and the impact humanity has had on our fragile ecosystem that will ricochet throughout generations. The series will tell the unique and emotional stories of some of the greatest families in nature.