The Life of Mammals

August 2017

March 7, 2016

3.0 6 x
David Attenborough meets the tree dwellers - those mammals that have adapted to a life at height. Some, like meerkats, might hardly seem to qualify but they do regularly climb small trees to scout for danger. Others, like gibbons, live one hundred feet or more above the forest floor and never descend to the ground.

March 3, 2016

3.0 3 x
From the roughest seas to the crystal clear waters of the Florida springs, David Attenborough swims with sea otters and dives with manatees, as he follows those mammals who, millions of years ago, left dry land and returned to the water to feed.

February 26, 2016

3.0 2 x
Some of the biggest predators to walk the earth face a constant battle - their prey is heavily armoured, indigestible and sometimes even poisonous. What makes this struggle more remarkable is that these predators do not prey on animals - but on plants.

February 25, 2016

3.0 2 x
David Attenborough looks at the mammals that hunt insects. These creatures shared the planet with the dinosaurs, but when the giant reptiles disappeared they seized their chance to conquer new territory. David meets moles that swim through sand, a shrew that hunts underwater and another that sprints down polished running-t...

February 24, 2016

3.0 4 x
David Attenborough looks at why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet. Here he visits Australia and South America to study the lives of marsupials and then moves on to mammals such as humans, who develop their young in wombs rather than pouches.
March 2016

March 8, 2016

Expired 3.0 11 x
In the penultimate episode, David Attenborough looks at monkeys. This group started its life in the tree-tops and this is where we join the capuchin - a creature that embodies all that is special about monkeys. Acute vision and a lively intelligence allows the capuchin to find clams in the mangrove swamps of Costa Rica and...

March 2, 2016

Expired 3.0 12 x
David Attenborough meets the omnivores - the opportunists. When it comes to food, this diverse range of animals, which includes grizzly bears at one end and rats on the other, are so adaptable that they can always make the most of whatever happens to be around at the time. They are nature's generalists but each is equipped...

March 1, 2016

Expired 3.0 9 x
Join Sir David Attenborough in the fifth program in the series, as he sits beside wild lions in the darkness of the night and meets a Siberian tiger face to face. From the first tree-dwelling hunters through to the modern-day big cats, we follow the true story about cats and dogs to find out what you need to be a true carn...
February 2016

February 29, 2016

Expired 3.0 11 x
Rodents like rats, mice and squirrels are the most numerous mammals on the planet. This programme reveals how, with their constantly growing, chisel-sharp front teeth, they are specialists in breaking into seeds. It also shows how they have adapted this talent to help them make their homes and even live underground, as wel...
October 2014

10. Food for Thought

Expired 3.0 15 x
David Attenborough concludes his documentary series with a programme about our closest animal relatives, the intelligent great apes, and finds out how their large brains enabled one of their kind, an upright ape, to go on to dominate the planet. David travels to the forests of Borneo to meet a remarkable orangutan with a p...
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