'Lions and Giants' is the fascinating story of a group of lionesses and elephants that live in Savuti, part of the magnificent Chobe National Park in Botswana. A few of these animals are travelling down to the Chobe River in search of water; however their journey is not as straightforward as it seems. Seeva, one of the young lionesses is determined to hunt the elephants and Numsa and Jabu, the youngest of the elephant calves, have become her prime target. Faced with many challenges these rivalling mammals are not only forced to deal with their own basic survival, but also the threat of each other. Witness who will survive to make it all the way to the salvation of the Chobe River.
In ‘Panda Adventure with Nigel Marven', the wildlife presenter heads to China to learn about giant pandas for his latest adventure. He visits the beautiful reserves the pandas inhabit, before heading into the wild to achieve his ambition of being the first presenter to be filmed with a giant panda in its native habitat. He is also astonished to witness a brown panda cub, one of only five known to science. Along his journey Nigel meets the other amazing creatures that live in the bamboo forest, including naughty macaques, golden snub-nosed monkeys and fluffy bamboo rats. He also feeds adorable red pandas, distant relatives of the giant panda.
Deep-sea documentaries often turn out to be disappointing TV spectacles, a mixture of silt, flashing lights and, occasionally, something slippery finning into the shadows. This, though, is pin-sharp, an expertly shot portrait of the weird twilight habitat found 120m beneath the South African waves. The footage is gorgeous; the science is even more intriguing. A team of extreme divers is searching for an ancient creature called a coelacanth (pronounced “see-low-canth”), said to be the missing link in the chain of evolution that led from the sea to dry land, fish to mammals and, 380 million years later, us. There’s something charmingly benign about this creature that time forgot, with its lips gnarled like a disgruntled sea captain and its stubby fins – the precursor to limbs – rowing aimlessly through the water. The story of the `living fossil' of 1938, when the impossible occurred off the South African coast and a fish believed to have been extinct since the dinosaur age was found.