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The mysteries of nature uncovered

David Attenborough presents three fascinating series looking at extraordinary creatures that have kept him baffled for years.

From the peculiar patterns on a zebra to the evolutionary quirk of the egg-laying platypus, each episode of series one explores the stories behind two natural curiosities that are linked in some way. David reveals why the narwhal has inspired art and the mythical unicorn, why one animal has a particularly long neck and why another animal has really wrinkly skin.

Combining David’s brilliant storytelling skills and his passion for nature, this documentary reveals the secrets behind some of nature’s most curious animals.

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Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough's career as a broadcaster and naturalist has endured for an impressive 60 years. His accessible storytelling has inspired generations to learn more about the natural world and brought to life all creatures great and small on our television screens.

He joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1952. While working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64), he gained his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

He moved into management as Controller of BBC2 in 1965, during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, and then served as Director of Programmes for the organisation from 1969 to 1972. In 1973, he abandoned administration altogether to return his great passion – making natural history documentaries.

His stable of landmark BBC series include Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), Life of Mammals (2002), Life in the Undergrowth (2005), Life in Cold Blood (2008) and First Life (2010).

He has received honorary degrees from many universities across the world, and is patron or supporter of many charitable organisations, including acting as patron of the World Land Trust, which buys rainforest and other lands to preserve them and the animals that live there.

He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D formats.

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Episode 3, Series 4

Sunday August 18 at 14:05

Extreme Babies

In this episode about extreme babies, find out why pandas gives birth to the smallest, most dependent babies of any mammal and why kiwis produce eggs that are almost too big to lay…

Episode 4, Series 4

Sunday August 18 at 14:30

Curious Counters

Can animals count? Just over a hundred years ago, a German horse called Hans was declared a mathematical genius - but all was not as it seemed. 4/6

Episode 3, Series 4

Saturday August 24 at 09:05

Extreme Babies

In this episode about extreme babies, find out why pandas gives birth to the smallest, most dependent babies of any mammal and why kiwis produce eggs that are almost too big to lay…

Episode 4, Series 4

Saturday August 24 at 09:30

Curious Counters

Can animals count? Just over a hundred years ago, a German horse called Hans was declared a mathematical genius - but all was not as it seemed. 4/6

Episode 5, Series 4

Sunday August 25 at 14:10

Incredible Shells

David Attenborough investigates two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution: the formidable bird's eggshell and the hard shell of the tortoise. 5/6

Episode 6, Series 4

Sunday August 25 at 14:35

Ferocious Fighters

This episode about ferocious fighters looks at Siamese Fighting Fish; a creature so aggressive it will fight its own reflection until it's exhausted. 6/6

Episode 5, Series 4

Saturday August 31 at 09:05

Incredible Shells

David Attenborough investigates two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution: the formidable bird's eggshell and the hard shell of the tortoise. 5/6

Episode 6, Series 4

Saturday August 31 at 09:30

Ferocious Fighters

This episode about ferocious fighters looks at Siamese Fighting Fish; a creature so aggressive it will fight its own reflection until it's exhausted. 6/6

Episode 1, Series 4

Saturday October 5 at 07:15

Animal Frankensteins

A look at bizarre hybrids within the animal kingdom; including the pizzly bear - a cross between a polar bear and a grizzly - which has come into existence because of global warming…

Episode 2, Series 4

Saturday October 5 at 07:40

Finding the Way

Some animals have an incredible ability to get directions, including the dung beetle, which uses the sun, the moon and even the Milky Way to move its ball of dung in the right direction…

Episode 3, Series 4

Saturday October 12 at 07:15

Extreme Babies

In this episode about extreme babies, find out why pandas gives birth to the smallest, most dependent babies of any mammal and why kiwis produce eggs that are almost too big to lay…

Episode 4, Series 4

Saturday October 12 at 07:40

Curious Counters

Can animals count? Just over a hundred years ago, a German horse called Hans was declared a mathematical genius - but all was not as it seemed. 4/6

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