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Dynasties

  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • History

Summary

Five extraordinary animals, each in a heroic struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, fighting for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties.

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Episode 3: Lion

Summary

David Attenborough narrates footage of a lion pride on Kenya's Masai Mara that has reached a dangerous and unusual turning point where the future of the group hangs in the balance. The adult males that had defended the pride have all deserted the group, leaving two remaining adult females to protect their eight cubs from a wide range of threats, including rival prides, herds of buffalo and the constant menace of marauding hyenas. However, the greatest threat of all comes when the lions encounter humans.
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Review

Phones away. Settle down. Get comfortable and blank out distractions, because this is the sort of programme that deserves everyone’s full attention – and rewards it. The story of one hard year in the life of a lioness called Charm and her ten-strong pride (the Marsh Pride of Kenya’s Masai Mara – see above), it unfolds in gloriously filmed scenes and those moments of wild action that are so raw and primal it feels almost cruel to watch.

One sequence, where an adolescent male called Red has wandered off from the pride and gets surrounded by a mob of hyenas, is properly blood-chilling. The look of horror in Red’s eyes, his ears flattened against his head, as the hyenas dart at him, nipping and cackling, may haunt you for a while. But overall, this is Charm’s story, as she handles everything the Masai Mara can throw at her.

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Executive producerMichael Gunton
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Series producerRupert Barrington

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  • Episode 3

    Lion

    Summary

    David Attenborough narrates footage of a lion pride on Kenya's Masai Mara that has reached a dangerous and unusual turning point where the future of the group hangs in the balance. The adult males that had defended the pride have all deserted the group, leaving two remaining adult females to protect their eight cubs from a wide range of threats, including rival prides, herds of buffalo and the constant menace of marauding hyenas. However, the greatest threat of all comes when the lions encounter humans.
    Recommended

    Review

    Phones away. Settle down. Get comfortable and blank out distractions, because this is the sort of programme that deserves everyone’s full attention – and rewards it. The story of one hard year in the life of a lioness called Charm and her ten-strong pride (the Marsh Pride of Kenya’s Masai Mara – see above), it unfolds in gloriously filmed scenes and those moments of wild action that are so raw and primal it feels almost cruel to watch.

    One sequence, where an adolescent male called Red has wandered off from the pride and gets surrounded by a mob of hyenas, is properly blood-chilling. The look of horror in Red’s eyes, his ears flattened against his head, as the hyenas dart at him, nipping and cackling, may haunt you for a while. But overall, this is Charm’s story, as she handles everything the Masai Mara can throw at her.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerMichael Gunton
    ProducerSimon Blakeney
    Series producerRupert Barrington
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