When is Penguins: Meet The Family on TV?

Liz Bonnin narrates this new BBC One programme exploring the 18 species of the penguin family.

An emperor penguin with its chick © Shutterstock/Samantha Crimmin

When is Penguins: Meet The Family on TV?

Penguins: Meet The Family will air on Tuesday 29 December 2020 at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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The little penguin, which lives in Australia and New Zealand, is the smallest penguin in the world. © Shutterstock
The little penguin, which lives in Australia and New Zealand, is the smallest penguin in the world. © Shutterstock

What is Penguins: Meet The Family about?

This programme enjoyable hour-long celebration of the diverse penguin family, with plenty of surprises on a whistle-stop tour of the world’s 18 unique species.

Snowy scenes don’t even make an appearance for the first 15 minutes, though there is still some familiar slapstick humour as we watch the animals negotiate life on land. The programme itself hops around a lot to fit everything in, from fresh perspectives on the easily recognisable emperors to glimpses into the family’s evolutionary history and some rare relatives.

After a days fishing, African penguins land on Cape Town’s golden sands. © Shutterstock/Neil Bradfield
After a days fishing, African penguins land on Cape Town’s golden sands. © Shutterstock/Neil Bradfield

The dramatised predation scenes aren’t for anyone feeling fragile after the last year, but the nuanced sequences looking at human impacts on penguin life, and how they are continuing to adapt, are really engaging. Add in some cutting-edge science – including monitoring skidmarks from space – and it’s a must watch for anyone who’s ever wondered what lies behind the waddle.

Royal penguins live in colonies thousands strong. © Shutterstock/Agami Photo Agency
Royal penguins live in colonies thousands strong. © Shutterstock/Agami Photo Agency

Who is narrating Penguins: Meet The Family?

Liz Bonnin at the Netflix's Our Planet announcement at WWFs State of the Planet Address at Westminster Hall in London, England. © Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty
Liz Bonnin at the Netflix’s Our Planet announcement at WWFs State of the Planet Address at Westminster Hall in London, England. © Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty

Penguins: Meet The Family is narrated by biologist and TV presenter Liz Bonnin, who has presented and narrated a number of programmes including Galapagos, Wild Alaska Live, and Blue Planet Live. She is also the lead host on the BBC Five Live show What Planet Are We On? (read a review in our podcasts article), and was recently announced as the president of The Wildlife Trusts.


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Main image: An emperor penguin with its chick © Shutterstock/Samantha Crimmin