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Our planet is populated with amazing animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been surrounded by myth and misunderstanding, and some have only recently revealed their secrets.

Using the latest findings from cutting-edge science, this fascinating series reveals the remarkable evolutionary traits behind these wonders of the natural world.

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David looks at two species with very different approaches to motherhood – the giant panda and the kiwi. While the panda protects its baby for months after birth, the kiwi produces one single egg that is a fifth of its body mass.

He finds out about two hybrid animals that owe their existence to human interference. The ‘pizzly’ bear is a cross between the polar bear and the grizzly, which has come into being because of global warming, while the killer bee has been brought into existence because of the transfer of African bees to South America.

And David also investigates two very different shells that have proved to be winners in evolution. The ostrich shell is so strong it’s possible for a person to stand on it without it breaking, while tortoise shell, made largely of bone, enables this slowliving creature to survive for hundreds of years.

Combining nature, scientific discovery and history together with stunning footage of animal behaviour, this series reveals yet another collection of fascinating natural curiosities.

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Episode 1, Series 3

Thursday January 28 at 10:30am

Impossible Feats

Episode 1 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough presents modern methods to test the extraordinary performances of super-athletic species.

Episode 2, Series 3

Friday January 29 at 10:30am

Curious Minds

Episode 2 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at the remarkable skills of animals, including the clever use of tools by orangutans.

Episode 3, Series 3

Saturday January 30 at 4:10pm

Expandable Bodies

Episode 3 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose bodies stretch and shrink in extraordinary ways.

Episode 5, Series 4

Sunday January 31 at 1:35am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 5 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough investigates two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution.

Episode 3, Series 3

Sunday January 31 at 9:30pm

Expandable Bodies

Episode 3 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose bodies stretch and shrink in extraordinary ways.

Episode 4, Series 3

Sunday January 31 at 9:55pm

Curious Feeders

Episode 4 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose strange bodies are determined by their diets.

Episode 5, Series 3

Sunday January 31 at 10:20pm

Curious Cures

Episode 5 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary way animals protect themselves with natural remedies.

Episode 6, Series 3

Sunday January 31 at 10:50pm

Remarkable Regeneration

Episode 6 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough examines animals that can do the seemingly impossible, regenerate entire body parts.

Episode 3, Series 3

Monday February 1 at 10:30am

Expandable Bodies

Episode 3 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose bodies stretch and shrink in extraordinary ways.

Episode 3, Series 2

Monday February 1 at 11:10pm

Life In The Dark

Episode 3 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough examines the huge eyes of the dark-dwelling owl and giant squid.

Episode 4, Series 3

Tuesday February 2 at 10:30am

Curious Feeders

Episode 4 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose strange bodies are determined by their diets.

Episode 5, Series 3

Wednesday February 3 at 10:30am

Curious Cures

Episode 5 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary way animals protect themselves with natural remedies.

Episode 6, Series 3

Thursday February 4 at 10:30am

Remarkable Regeneration

Episode 6 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough examines animals that can do the seemingly impossible, regenerate entire body parts.

Episode 1, Series 4

Friday February 5 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 1 | Series 4

A look at the bizarre and sometimes deadly hybrids, such as the pizzly bear and the killer bee.

Episode 4, Series 3

Saturday February 6 at 4:15pm

Curious Feeders

Episode 4 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough looks at animals whose strange bodies are determined by their diets.

Episode 5, Series 3

Saturday February 6 at 4:40pm

Curious Cures

Episode 5 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary way animals protect themselves with natural remedies.

Episode 6, Series 3

Saturday February 6 at 5:05pm

Remarkable Regeneration

Episode 6 | Series 3

Sir David Attenborough examines animals that can do the seemingly impossible, regenerate entire body parts.

Episode 2, Series 4

Monday February 8 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 2 | Series 4

The dung beetle uses the sun, the moon and the Milky Way to move in the right direction.

Episode 4, Series 2

Monday February 8 at 11:15pm

Curious Impostors

Episode 4 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough uncovers the cheats and impostors of the natural world.

Episode 3, Series 4

Tuesday February 9 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 3 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough examines animals with extreme young, including the panda and the kiwi.

Episode 4, Series 4

Wednesday February 10 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 4 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough explores whether there is counting in the natural world.

Episode 5, Series 4

Thursday February 11 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 5 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough investigates two shells that have proved to be winners in evolution.

Episode 6, Series 4

Friday February 12 at 10:30am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 6 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough examines why some species fight and what skills a winner must have.

Episode 4, Series 4

Saturday February 13 at 12:15am

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Episode 4 | Series 4

Sir David Attenborough explores whether there is counting in the natural world.

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