Dynasties for the BBC

Dynasties is David Attenborough’s new series for the BBC, focused on five famous animals. You might already have seen the penguin clip after the recent controversy over whether the film crew should or should not have rescued the penguins. Via ABC:

Some viewers of BBC’s Dynasties celebrated the crew’s decision to come to the aid of the trapped penguins, but it seemed to run counter to the notion of people, particularly film crews, allowing nature to take its course when in the wild. While filming Sir David’s Africa in 2013, the crew and audiences watched in pain as a baby elephant died of thirst.

Afterwards, he said he took pride in his role as an observer and nothing more, even in difficult situations.

“Of course you see really tough things, but there’s nothing you can do about them,” Sir David said.

But this situation was different, according to Dynasties executive producer Mike Gunton, who said the famous naturalist told him he would have done the same thing had he been there.

One of the female penguins was forced to leave her chick behind after dragging herself out of the ravine with the help of the film crew’s makeshift steps.

“It’s such an unusual circumstance to do this,” Mr Gunton told the BBC.

“There are lots of situations where you couldn’t and shouldn’t and wouldn’t, but I think in this situation there were so many factors.

For some audience reaction:

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