The BBC has revealed that Sir David Attenborough will be presenting the five-part landmark series, Dynasty, which will air on BBC One later this year.
Each episode follows individual animals – lions, African hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins – at a pivotal moment in their lives.
“The wonderful David Attenborough will inspire audiences once again when he brings the natural world to life on BBC One with Dynasty,” says Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content.
“Four years in the making, capturing extraordinary family dynamics and behaviour, I hope these intimate animal dramas will connect with audiences.”
Dynasty is produced by the BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, whose recent work included Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, and has been co-produced with BBC America and France Télévisions.
The series will concentrate on how the ruler of a group maintains their power and protects their family, territory and dynasty.
It will also examine the relationships with family members, and how they can cause success or failure.
“After making Planet Earth II it’s very exciting to now have the chance to show another, and I think even more intense and gripping, perspective on the lives of our planet’s most impressive, yet vulnerable creatures,” says Mike Gunton, executive producer.
Main image: David Attenborough at the opening of Woodberry Wetlands in London. © Danny Martindale/WireImage/Getty