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Planet Earth II

  • Season 2
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Nature
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Episode 5: Grasslands

Summary

Wildlife that inhabit the world's grasslands, areas that are struck by some of the most dramatic seasonal changes seen in the world. The programme features footage of Brazil's giant anteaters and Asian saiga antelope, as well as lions engaging in ferocious battles with buffalo in the flooded Okavango, bee-eaters taking advantage of elephants to help them catch insects, and caribou embarking on migrations across the freezing northern tundra, stalked every step of the way by predatory Arctic wolves.

Review

There’s one of those frantic predator-prey chases in this episode, filmed from directly overhead, presumably from a helicopter.

An arctic wolf is chasing a caribou calf at 40mph across the tundra. There’s a dozen or so metres between them, the little caribou going flat out, but the wolf gaining slightly. Any stumble will be fatal but the little fella keeps bombing along, leaving the wolf eventually breathless and hungry, and leaving us pondering the virtues of speed versus stamina.

The theme here is grasslands, from the flooded Okavango swamp in Africa to the elephant grass of northern India. Look out for the bizarre jumping Jackson’s widowbirds and for one very tough buffalo.

How to watch

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

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Credits

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PresenterDavid Attenborough
UnknownMichael Gunton
ProducerChadden Hunter

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  • Episode 5

    Grasslands

    Summary

    Wildlife that inhabit the world's grasslands, areas that are struck by some of the most dramatic seasonal changes seen in the world. The programme features footage of Brazil's giant anteaters and Asian saiga antelope, as well as lions engaging in ferocious battles with buffalo in the flooded Okavango, bee-eaters taking advantage of elephants to help them catch insects, and caribou embarking on migrations across the freezing northern tundra, stalked every step of the way by predatory Arctic wolves.

    Review

    There’s one of those frantic predator-prey chases in this episode, filmed from directly overhead, presumably from a helicopter.

    An arctic wolf is chasing a caribou calf at 40mph across the tundra. There’s a dozen or so metres between them, the little caribou going flat out, but the wolf gaining slightly. Any stumble will be fatal but the little fella keeps bombing along, leaving the wolf eventually breathless and hungry, and leaving us pondering the virtues of speed versus stamina.

    The theme here is grasslands, from the flooded Okavango swamp in Africa to the elephant grass of northern India. Look out for the bizarre jumping Jackson’s widowbirds and for one very tough buffalo.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Attenborough
    UnknownMichael Gunton
    ProducerChadden Hunter

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