Chris Packham's Animal Einsteins

Video clips are automatically supplied by broadcasters and distributors. RadioTimes.com is not responsible for the clip's contents.
Masterminds

Series 1 - Episode 1 Masterminds

ADVERTISEMENT

Review

If you want to see bees playing football or cuttlefish dreaming, look no further. Chris Packham’s new series offers plenty of striking evidence that “nature’s savviest species” have faculties you wouldn’t expect unless you’ve seen programmes like this before.

Take the New Caledonian crow, which shows impressive skill as a maker of tools that it uses to winkle out grubs from tricky spots. We watch as a five-year-old boy tries to fish a sweet out of a tube with a piece of metal, never thinking to bend the end into a hook – a trick the crows have sussed out, apparently. (Though my money’s on the boy when it comes to using an iPad.)

We also meet a remarkable raven that’s able to solve a seven-stage puzzle box to get at food. It’s slightly unnerving watching the way he attacks the puzzle, as if he’s impatient with the nonsense that humans put him through.

Summary

New series. The presenter introduces the unique talents of the world's most intelligent animals, investigating how nature's masterminds measure up against human brain power. Looking at a variety of animals, such as ravens, crows, bees and starlings, Chris explores how different animals can use tools, solve complex puzzles, recognise themselves in mirrors and even reason like humans.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Chris Packham
Executive Producer Rosemary Edwards
Producer James Vale
Series Producer Joanne Stevens
Nature