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Each episode of Dynasties follows individual animals - lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers, and emperor penguins - at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler - a leader of their family, their troop, their pride - each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.

Saturday at 9:00 PM on BBC America
1 Season, 6 Episodes
November 11, 2018
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series, Nature
9.3/10
Cast: David Attenborough
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Dynasties Full Episode Guide

  • The De Bortoli dynasty owes much of its success to its Italian heritage, but for how much longer can it stay true to its down-to-earth roots? Worth over $100 million, the De Bortoli family is now one of our largest wine exporters.

  • A tigress must protect her cubs while battling rivals who want to steal her lands and overthrow her.

  • A painted wolf matriarch's feud with her daughter threatens to bring the dynasty down.

  • This episode features one of the most famous lion prides in Africa, the Marsh Pride of Kenya's Masai Mara. As the story begins, the Marsh Pride is in a unique situation in their history. They have been abandoned by all of the adult males who, until now, defended the pride. Just two adult females are left to feed and protect their eight youngsters. The future of the whole family rests entirely on the shoulders of these two mothers, Charm and her cousin Sienna. They need to raise their cubs to adulthood if this great dynasty is to continue. They and their cubs face the great perils of the African savannah, including raging herds of buffalo, rival lion prides, the constant menace of marauding hyenas and, in a fateful turn of events, a clash with humanity.

  • Atka Bay in Antarctica is the scene of the greatest story of hardship and teamwork in nature. As the coldest and cruellest winter approaches and the sea turns to ice, every animal on land flees. But thousands of Emperor Penguins emerge from the waves and march inland across the barren wastelands, finally gathering together in one of the world's greatest animal colonies.The Antarctic winter is this penguin's time to breed, a time to create the next generation of their dynasty. But to succeed, they and their chicks will face hardships unmatched anywhere else in the natural world. Every pair of penguins will rely on the extraordinary strength of the bond between them for their own survival and for the life of their offspring. And each pair will rely on the cooperation of all of the others in their colony, in the face of starvation, as their world is plunged into a sunless night that lasts six weeks, with storm force winds, blizzards and temperatures below -60 C.

  • This edition follows David, a chimpanzee alpha in Senegal, west Africa, as the dry season sets in, forcing the group closer together and leaving David to overcome threats to his leadership from murderous rivals.

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