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The mysteries of nature uncovered

Our planet is populated with amazing animals that have extraordinary life histories. Some have been perpetually 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.

This series sees Sir David encounter creatures including flamingos who survive in hot volcanic lakes by filtering out microscopic algae; salamanders that can regrow entire limbs; problem-solving crows that design intricate tools; and hippos who secrete a vivid red mucus that acts as sunscreen.

These incredible creatures are the curios of the animal kingdom – animals that we think we know but whose phenomenal bodies and brains allow them to perform seemingly impossible tasks.

Still as inquisitive and passionate as ever, Sir David brings these singular stories to life with great knowledge and verve. Natural Curiosities is an engrossing, entertaining series that connects viewers with some of the most interesting animals on the planet.

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Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough's career as a broadcaster and naturalist has endured for an impressive 60 years. His accessible storytelling has inspired generations to learn more about the natural world and brought to life all creatures great and small on our television screens.

He joined the BBC as a trainee producer in 1952. While working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64), he gained his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe to capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.

He moved into management as Controller of BBC2 in 1965, during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, and then served as Director of Programmes for the organisation from 1969 to 1972. In 1973, he abandoned administration altogether to return his great passion – making natural history documentaries.

His stable of landmark BBC series include Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998), Life of Mammals (2002), Life in the Undergrowth (2005), Life in Cold Blood (2008) and First Life (2010).

He has received honorary degrees from many universities across the world, and is patron or supporter of many charitable organisations, including acting as patron of the World Land Trust, which buys rainforest and other lands to preserve them and the animals that live there.

He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D formats.