Behind the scenes of new BBC series “Dynasties”
Every living thing on this planet has a family, but some species will fight to protect their lineage and its power more than others. Like Game of Thrones for the natural world (love and war included), BBC’s latest nature series Dynasties follows ruling families of five different species – lions in Kenya, tigers in India, painted wolves in Zimbabwe, penguins in Antarctica and chimpanzees in Senegal – in a level of unparalleled proximity. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series goes deep into the physical and metaphorical battles these endangered animals face for their survival against humans, climate change, other predatory animals and even their own kin.
The series’ producer Rupert Barrington has had a career in creating similar documentary for for nearly three decades yet says that Dynasties has opened his eyes to the challenges facing animals more than any other. In honor of International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May, Landscape News spoke with Barrington on the making and meaning of this groundbreaking new series.