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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.

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities S4

David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities S4

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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 1

Wednesday May 1 at 4:00pm

Stretched To The Limit

Episode 1 | Series 1

Some animals appear to have taken nature's gifts and stretched them to the limit; Join David Attenborough as he explores why.

Episode 2, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 4:25pm

A Curious Hoax?

Episode 2 | Series 1

David Attenborough discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery and ultimately helped us rethink evolution.

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 5:25am

Stretched To The Limit

Episode 1 | Series 1

Some animals appear to have taken nature's gifts and stretched them to the limit; Join David Attenborough as he explores why.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 5:50am

A Curious Hoax?

Episode 2 | Series 1

David Attenborough discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery and ultimately helped us rethink evolution.

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 1:30pm

Stretched To The Limit

Episode 1 | Series 1

Some animals appear to have taken nature's gifts and stretched them to the limit; Join David Attenborough as he explores why.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 1:55pm

A Curious Hoax?

Episode 2 | Series 1

David Attenborough discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery and ultimately helped us rethink evolution.

Episode 3, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 4:00pm

Young Wrinklies

Episode 3 | Series 1

Aging and eternal youth seem to fascinate us. David Attenborough encounters two examples where curious bodies & extreme lifestyles may unlock the secrets of the ageing process.

Episode 4, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 4:25pm

A Curious Twist

Episode 4 | Series 1

A mysterious creature in the Arctic has been the muse for tales of unicorns. David Attenborough explores the curiosity of the Narwhals singular spiral tusk and its evolution.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 5:30am

Young Wrinklies

Episode 3 | Series 1

Aging and eternal youth seem to fascinate us. David Attenborough encounters two examples where curious bodies & extreme lifestyles may unlock the secrets of the ageing process.

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 5:55am

A Curious Twist

Episode 4 | Series 1

A mysterious creature in the Arctic has been the muse for tales of unicorns. David Attenborough explores the curiosity of the Narwhals singular spiral tusk and its evolution.

Episode 3, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 1:35pm

Young Wrinklies

Episode 3 | Series 1

Aging and eternal youth seem to fascinate us. David Attenborough encounters two examples where curious bodies & extreme lifestyles may unlock the secrets of the ageing process.

Episode 4, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 2:00pm

A Curious Twist

Episode 4 | Series 1

A mysterious creature in the Arctic has been the muse for tales of unicorns. David Attenborough explores the curiosity of the Narwhals singular spiral tusk and its evolution.

Episode 5, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 4:00pm

Seeing The Pattern

Episode 5 | Series 1

In this episode David Attenborough looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.

Episode 1, Series 2

Friday May 3 at 4:25pm

Virgin Births

Episode 1 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough uses this episode to investigate two animals who are capable of true virgin birth - the production of offspring without the need for sex.

Episode 2, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 4:00pm

Armoured Animals

Episode 2 | Series 2

This episode explores the story of two animals that hide behind seemingly impregnable coat of arms. Can Sir David Attenborough get in behind their armour and reveal their mysteries…

Episode 3, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 4:20pm

Life In The Dark

Episode 3 | Series 2

This time we take a look at the vision in squid and owls. Perhaps not a classic pairing, both owls and squid have incredible adaptations for being able to navigate at night.

Episode 4, Series 2

Saturday May 4 at 4:45pm

Curious Imposters

Episode 4 | Series 2

Here we discover that some animals are able to trick others into believing they are something that they are not. The art of deception is a powerful attribute for some.

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 6:55am

Stretched To The Limit

Episode 1 | Series 1

Some animals appear to have taken nature's gifts and stretched them to the limit; Join David Attenborough as he explores why.

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 7:15am

A Curious Hoax?

Episode 2 | Series 1

David Attenborough discovers the curiosities that have led to accusations of forgery and ultimately helped us rethink evolution.

Episode 3, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 7:40am

Young Wrinklies

Episode 3 | Series 1

Aging and eternal youth seem to fascinate us. David Attenborough encounters two examples where curious bodies & extreme lifestyles may unlock the secrets of the ageing process.

Episode 4, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 8:05am

A Curious Twist

Episode 4 | Series 1

A mysterious creature in the Arctic has been the muse for tales of unicorns. David Attenborough explores the curiosity of the Narwhals singular spiral tusk and its evolution.

Episode 5, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 8:25am

Seeing The Pattern

Episode 5 | Series 1

In this episode David Attenborough looks at two examples of animal patterns that have bedazzled and baffled science for a long time, and uses modern tools to unlock their secrets.

Episode 1, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 8:50am

Virgin Births

Episode 1 | Series 2

Sir David Attenborough uses this episode to investigate two animals who are capable of true virgin birth - the production of offspring without the need for sex.

Episode 2, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 9:15am

Armoured Animals

Episode 2 | Series 2

This episode explores the story of two animals that hide behind seemingly impregnable coat of arms. Can Sir David Attenborough get in behind their armour and reveal their mysteries…

Episode 3, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 9:35am

Life In The Dark

Episode 3 | Series 2

This time we take a look at the vision in squid and owls. Perhaps not a classic pairing, both owls and squid have incredible adaptations for being able to navigate at night.

Episode 4, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 10:00am

Curious Imposters

Episode 4 | Series 2

Here we discover that some animals are able to trick others into believing they are something that they are not. The art of deception is a powerful attribute for some.

Episode 5, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 4:00pm

Bad Reputations

Episode 5 | Series 2

After initially gaining frightening reputations, it's now known that gorillas and bats are a lot gentler and considerate than their early reputations suggest.

Episode 6, Series 2

Sunday May 5 at 4:25pm

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

Episode 5, Series 2

Monday May 6 at 5:00am

Bad Reputations

Episode 5 | Series 2

After initially gaining frightening reputations, it's now known that gorillas and bats are a lot gentler and considerate than their early reputations suggest.

Episode 6, Series 2

Monday May 6 at 5:25am

Shocking Senses

Episode 6 | Series 2

Plants and animals have some curious super senses that enable them to see, hear and feel things that are quite invisible to us.

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