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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

  • 2014
  • Season 2
  • 10 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

Sir David Attenborough reveals intriguing animals that are linked by evolutionary quirks.

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Episode 1: Virgin Births

Summary

Naturalist David Attenborough shines the spotlight on some of nature's evolutionary anomalies and how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate. In this edition, he examines the unusual ways in which Komodo dragons and aphids reproduce.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The venerable broadcaster’s affinity with wildlife is shown repeatedly as his Curiosities return for a deserved second series. In the first two episodes, the utterly natural naturalist lies down in a Komodo dragon enclosure, holds a hedgehog and does a piece to camera next to an Indian rhinoceros, all with equal ease. And when the rhino nudges him – more than a little worryingly – Sir David merely says, “Wooah!” and pats it. That is why we love him.

As with series one, he groups creatures together thematically (here: virgin births and armoured animals) and unpicks the myths that once surrounded them. Find out why we once thought hedgehogs climbed apple trees, and why a rhino called Clara was an 18th-century celebrity. And don’t let words like “parthenogenesis” make you change channel: our host needs nothing more than wooden tablets to explain. It’s eye-widening education of the simplest but highest order.

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  • Episode 1

    Virgin Births

    - , Eden

    Summary

    Naturalist David Attenborough shines the spotlight on some of nature's evolutionary anomalies and how these curious animals continue to baffle and fascinate. In this edition, he examines the unusual ways in which Komodo dragons and aphids reproduce.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    The venerable broadcaster’s affinity with wildlife is shown repeatedly as his Curiosities return for a deserved second series. In the first two episodes, the utterly natural naturalist lies down in a Komodo dragon enclosure, holds a hedgehog and does a piece to camera next to an Indian rhinoceros, all with equal ease. And when the rhino nudges him – more than a little worryingly – Sir David merely says, “Wooah!” and pats it. That is why we love him.

    As with series one, he groups creatures together thematically (here: virgin births and armoured animals) and unpicks the myths that once surrounded them. Find out why we once thought hedgehogs climbed apple trees, and why a rhino called Clara was an 18th-century celebrity. And don’t let words like “parthenogenesis” make you change channel: our host needs nothing more than wooden tablets to explain. It’s eye-widening education of the simplest but highest order.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE | AD

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Attenborough
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