David Attenborough is back with his brand new five-part series, Dynasties.

However, while Planet Earth and Blue Planet have been much more literal with their show names, Dynasties is slightly more obscure.

What does Dynasties mean? And why is it the name of the series?

Picture Shows: An ambitious rival with an eye on David's alpha position.Senegal, West Africa. Luthor - (C) Mark MacEwen - Photographer: Mark MacEwen

Picture Shows an ambitious rival with an eye on David’s alpha position. Senegal, West Africa. Luthor – (C) Mark MacEwen – Photographer: Mark MacEwen

Dynasties: Meaning

By definition, dynasty means the line of hereditary rulers of a country.

So the bloodline or ancestry of a certain country.

In the context of the David Attenborough series, the title is used to show that each of the animals in the five-part series is the hereditary rulers of their region.

Perhaps not always in terms of the most feared or powerful but the most famous or endangered.

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Programme Name: Dynasties – TX: n/a – Episode: Dynasties – Generic (No. n/a) – Picture Shows: – (C) BBC NHU – Photographer: BBC NHU

Dynasties: Explained

The title makes much more sense as we examine the five animals that are showcased on the series.

Episode 1 was all about the chimpanzees of Senegal. Chimps are widely considered the closest ancestor to a human yet the 60-minute documentary ended with an explanation as to how humans are on the verge of ending the chimpanzee dynasty in Senegal due to gold mining.

Likewise, what comes to mind when you think of Antartica?

Emperor penguins are the most famous animal of the land and episode 2 highlights their dynasty as one of the world’s greatest survivors.

Finally, episodes 3-4 focus on the tiger, lion and painted wolf.

Picture Shows: Tammy, a leader in waiting, who may one day inherit her mother’s throne. It has been incredible to follow her journey since she was a 6-month-old pup. (C) Nick Lyon – Photographer: Nick Lyon

How to Watch Dynasties?

To watch Dynasties as it goes to air, tune in to BBC One on Sunday night (November 18th).

The 60-minute documentary starts at 8 pm, 30 minutes earlier than episode 1.

How to Watch Dynasties Online

The best way to catch up on David Attenborough’s Dynasties series is via the official BBC Player, iPlayer.

All five episodes will be uploaded to bbc.co.uk where you can watch the animal action in Ultra HD!

 

WATCH DYNASTIES EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT ON BBC ONE AT 8 PM.

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