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The mysteries of nature uncovered

Our planet is populated with amazing animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been perpetually surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some have only recently revealed their secrets. Using the latest findings from cutting-edge science, this fascinating series reveals the remarkable evolutionary traits behind these wonders of the natural world.

This series sees Sir David encounter creatures including flamingos who survive in hot volcanic lakes by filtering out microscopic algae; salamanders that can regrow entire limbs; problem-solving crows that design intricate tools; and hippos who secrete a vivid red mucus that acts as sunscreen.

These incredible creatures are the curios of the animal kingdom – animals that we think we know but whose phenomenal bodies and brains allow them to perform seemingly impossible tasks.

Still as inquisitive and passionate as ever, Sir David brings these singular stories to life with great knowledge and verve. Natural Curiosities is an engrossing, entertaining series that connects viewers with some of the most interesting animals on the planet.

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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 2, Series 3

Monday November 20 at 3:35am

Curious Minds

Orang-utans were considered as just clever mimics until a discovery in remote Sumatran swamps revealed their true potential. 2/6

Episode 3, Series 3

Monday November 20 at 6:00am

Expandable Bodies

What is the secret behind expandable bodies, like the anaconda who can swallow prey twice its own body size? 3/6

Episode 3, Series 3

Monday November 20 at 6:50pm

Expandable Bodies

What is the secret behind expandable bodies, like the anaconda who can swallow prey twice its own body size? 3/6

Episode 4, Series 3

Tuesday November 21 at 6:00am

Curious Feeders

A look at the curious feeders of the animal kingdom, including blue whales and flamingos. 4/6

Episode 4, Series 3

Tuesday November 21 at 6:40pm

Curious Feeders

A look at the curious feeders of the animal kingdom, including blue whales and flamingos. 4/6

Episode 5, Series 3

Wednesday November 22 at 6:00am

Curious Cures

This episode focuses on animals who protect themselves with natural remedies in the same way that humans use medicine. 5/6

Episode 5, Series 3

Wednesday November 22 at 6:55pm

Curious Cures

This episode focuses on animals who protect themselves with natural remedies in the same way that humans use medicine. 5/6

Episode 6, Series 3

Thursday November 23 at 6:00am

Remarkable Regeneration

A look at the incredible animals who can regenerate entire parts of their bodies, like salamanders and deer. 6/6

Episode 6, Series 3

Thursday November 23 at 6:45pm

Remarkable Regeneration

A look at the incredible animals who can regenerate entire parts of their bodies, like salamanders and deer. 6/6

Episode 1, Series 4

Friday November 24 at 6:00am

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 1, Series 4

Friday November 24 at 6:55pm

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 1, Series 4

Monday November 27 at 3:40am

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

Monday November 27 at 6:00am

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 2, Series 4

Monday November 27 at 6:45pm

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 2, Series 4

Tuesday November 28 at 2:55am

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

Tuesday November 28 at 6:00am

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 3, Series 4

Tuesday November 28 at 6:45pm

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

Wednesday November 29 at 6:00am

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

Thursday November 30 at 6:00am

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 5, Series 4

Thursday November 30 at 6:45pm

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

Friday December 1 at 6:00am

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 6, Series 4

Friday December 1 at 6:55pm

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 6, Series 4

Monday December 4 at 3:40am

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 2

Monday January 8 at 6:00am

Virgin Birth

Sir David Attenborough examines the unusual ways in which Komodo dragons and aphids reproduce. 1/10

Episode 2, Series 2

Tuesday January 9 at 6:00am

Armoured Animals

David examines how hedgehogs and rhinos have developed protective skins in this episode about armoured animals. 2/10

Episode 3, Series 2

Wednesday January 10 at 6:00am

Life in the Dark

David examines the unusual eyes of squid and owls, both of which can see in the dark. 3/10

Episode 3, Series 2

Wednesday January 10 at 6:40pm

Life in the Dark

David examines the unusual eyes of squid and owls, both of which can see in the dark. 3/10

Episode 4, Series 2

Thursday January 11 at 6:00am

Curious Imposters

David reveals animals that rely on other species, from cuckoos planting their eggs in other birds' nests to the death's-head hawkmoth stealing honey. 4/10

Episode 5, Series 2

Friday January 12 at 6:00am

Bad Reputations

David Attenborough takes a look at gorillas and vampire bats in this episode about creatures with bad reputations. 5/10

Episode 5, Series 2

Friday January 12 at 6:40pm

Bad Reputations

David Attenborough takes a look at gorillas and vampire bats in this episode about creatures with bad reputations. 5/10

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