What to expect from Planet Earth II episode 4: Deserts

From tiny moles to Biblical plagues, get ready for another incredible journey with David Attenborough


Planet Earth II continues next Sunday, but what has David Attenborough got in store for us this week? Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming episode.


What time is Planet Earth II on TV?

The series continues at 8pm on BBC1 this Sunday 27 November.

What’s going to happen?

This week it’s all about deserts. It’s the most inhospitable place imaginable, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t friends to make.

A doomed giraffe

Lions killing lovable creatures is a documentary cliché, but the height difference is pretty interesting. It’s like David vs Goliath, but there’s a whole pack of Davids and they’re all merciless killing machines.

A tiny mole


The golden mole is the size of a ping pong ball and lives in the Namib desert. They’re also completely blind – so they’ll never know how cute they are…

Bat vs scorpion

We’ve had snakes vs iguana and jaguar vs caiman. This week? Long-eared bat vs death stalker scorpion! The bat is tiny, while the scorpion’s venom can kill a human. They also both sound like they were named by emo teenagers.

A bloated bird


Meet the sand grouse. He lives in Namibia, 100 kilometres away from water; to supply his chicks he absorbs water into his feathers – up to a quarter of his body weight– and runs back to his nest. 

A plague of locusts

Hate insects? Have several billion of them! The team followed a swarm of locusts in South West Madagascar that covered 300 square kilometres. 

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Planet Earth II: Episode 4 airs Sunday 27th November on BBC1