New Natural History Series 'Dynasties' Premieres January 19

BBC America’s upcoming five-part co-production Dynasties will premiere on Saturday, January 19, at 9:00pm ET/PT, as an AMC Networks simulcast event across BBC America, AMC, IFC, and SundanceTV.

Presented by world-renowned naturalist and recent Emmy-winner Sir David Attenborough (Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II) and executive produced by Emmy-winner Mike Gunton (Planet Earth II), Dynasties follows five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation.

Pressure is mounting on some of the most iconic species in the world, as their environments face destruction and change.

 This series will focus in never-seen-before detail on one particular family from each species per episode:

  • Chimpanzees on the edge of the Sahara in Senegal, West Africa
  • Emperor penguins in the frozen wastes of Antarctica
  • Lions on the savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara
  • Painted wolves on the floodplains of the great Zambezi river in Zimbabwe
  • Tigers in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, India

 BBC Studios' Natural History Unit has painstakingly filmed them over four years in a new landmark format as they play politics, fight battles, make alliances, launch take-overs, battle rivals and win family feuds.

 Dynasties will show perhaps the most intimate and intense stories of their kind that have ever been captured before, showing both the immense difficulties of leadership in nature and the relentless determination of animals to protect their families. They face unforeseen challenges not only from within their species and their rivals, but from changes to their environment, and the impact humanity has had on our fragile ecosystem that will ricochet throughout generations. The series will tell the unique and emotional stories of some of the greatest families in nature through the inimitable lens of BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit.