Hidden Kingdoms is a series from the BBC's Natural History Unit taking the viewer into a unique and unexplored miniature world, immersing you into the action-packed lives of the planet's smaller animals. Based in six of the planet's most iconic landscapes: the open plains of Africa’s savannah, Arizona’s desert, the forests of Borneo, the woodlands of North America and the urban jungles of Rio and Tokyo. We’ll experience and see these habitats from a new visual perspective, pushing between blades of grass will feel like journeying deep into the densest jungle, while running from a hunting lizard will feel like a visit to Jurassic Park.
Hidden Kingdoms is an innovative new series from the BBC's Natural History unit. For the first time it takes the viewer into a unique and unexplored miniature world, immersing you into the action-packed lives of the planet's smaller animals. The films are based in six of the planet’s most iconic landscapes; the open plains of Africa’s savannah, Arizona’s desert, the forests of Borneo, the woodlands of North America and the urban jungles of Rio & Tokyo. From chipmunks to beetles from marmosets to elephant shrews, these are animals who live life at an intensity it’s hard to imagine. They hunt food, but are themselves hunted; they face the forces of the world that, to them, can be catastrophic. When you are just a few inches tall, raindrops can feel like meteorites, dust stings like gravel, a sudden gust of wind feels like a tornado.
Stephen Fry narrates this BBC documentary series exploring the life of some of the planet's smaller animals. Filmed in locations as diverse as the Arizona Desert, the woodlands of Borneo and urban terrain in Rio and Tokyo, the series aims to provide an insight into the challenges faced by animals that inhabit these areas. The creatures featured include chipmunks, beetles, marmosets and elephant shrews. As smaller animals they must rely on cunning and often surprising tactics to survive in the face of the threat posed by predators and fluctuating environmental conditions.
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