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'Primates' Is The BBC's New Nature Doc Landing This Month

Joanna Freedman

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'Primates' Is The BBC's New Nature Doc Landing This Month

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With everything going on in the world right now, we think it's never been more important to remember the beauty of nature.


That's why, when we learnt the BBC was bringing out a brand new documentary about primates at the end of this month, we couldn't have been more excited.

Named - you guessed it - Primates, the series looks at the remarkable animal family in ultra fine detail, delving into the lives of our closest relatives, from lemurs, lorises, bush babies to the great apes.

The series is narrated by TV presenter and nature photographer Chris Packham, and features "immersive cinematography, emotional storytelling and new insight into animals we thought we knew".

So, it's basically a David Attenborough doc without the man himself, right?!

This documentaries shows us monkeys like we've never seen them before (Credit: BBC)
This documentaries shows us monkeys like we've never seen them before (Credit: BBC)

While we would have loved King Dave to make an appearance, don't get us wrong - we still think this new series sounds pretty phenomenal.

Filmed over the course of two years, the Primates team headed out on 28 different filming expeditions around the world to make the series, from the snowy Atlas Mountains to the flooded jungles of Sumatra and Brazil.

On their travels, the film-makers spent over two months camping on a remote beach in Equatorial Guinea in order to get up close and personal with a drill - one of the largest primates in the world.

Plus, along the way, they captured some of the very first images of the newly described Tapanuli orangutan, and made the first attempt in years to capture a bald-headed white uakari on film.

Film-makers got up close and personal with a whole range of primates (Credit: Unsplash)
Film-makers got up close and personal with a whole range of primates (Credit: Unsplash)

The documentary promises to bring us "new stories" from the primate world, that "combine family drama with the latest science". So, we can expect a hint of Attenborough's almost soap opera narration style.

The audience will have the chance to get acquainted with a terrifying silverback mountain gorilla on Congo's volcanic slopes, who actually turns out to be a gentle giant and doting father.

Plus, they can leap into the sky and join a Lar Gibbon's world from their perspective, as it swings from the branches.

It's sure to be a really illuminating watch.

Primate lands on BBC One on 26th April 2020.

Topics: BBC, TV News, TV Entertainment, Nature

Joanna Freedman
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