Inside Nature's Giants

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The award-winning series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet, exploring their anatomy to reveal how these creatures really work

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The award-winning series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet, exploring their anatomy to reveal how these creatures really work

  • Jungle Special

    The team dissect a whole ecosystem. In Borneo they erect a high-tech lab to examine giant bugs and titan trees, revealing why the jungle contains the world's most diverse collection of living things.

  • The Kangaroo

    Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg examine a kangaroo while Charles Darwin's great great grandson goes in the search of the remarkable Australian creatures that informed the theory of evolution.

  • The Hippo

    So many hippos congregate to feed in Zambia's Luangwa Valley that the authorities cull around 200 of them every year, giving Mark and Joy the opportunity to dissect one of these magnificent animals

  • Rogue Baboon

    Mark and Joy visit South Africa to dissect a huge alpha male baboon that the authorities had to euthanise when he led a band of baboons on a rampage through a Cape Town suburb

  • The Racehorse

    The team explore how the racehorse has been biologically engineered for speed, revealing the spring system that propels it to 45mph, its super-sized organs and its built-in turbo-booster

  • The Leatherback Turtle

    The team dissect the ocean's largest reptile: the leatherback turtle. They uncover the evolutionary mystery of how turtles developed shells to protect themselves from sharp-toothed predators.

  • The Dinosaur Bird

    The BAFTA-winning series returns to Australia on the trail of a bird that's been described as a living dinosaur and hides in Queensland's tropical rainforests: the Cassowary.

  • The Camel

    We don't think of Australia as the home of camels, but in the middle of this vast island there are over a million feral dromedaries roaming around.

  • The Sperm Whale

    In this Inside Nature's Giants Special, the BAFTA-winning team battle through the night against a rising tide to explore the mysteries of the largest predator on Earth: the sperm whale

  • The Polar Bear

    The team join Inuit hunters and scientists studying polar bears off the coast of Greenland

  • Joy Reidenberg

    The Giant Squid

    A look beneath the surface of the world's largest invertebrate, the giant squid. The experts are fascinated by the alien anatomy of this strange creature as they dissect a rare specimen.

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    The Big Cats

    The experts dissect a lion and tiger, finding out exactly what makes them such powerful killing machines, and examining the lion's voicebox to discover the secret of its roar.

  • Pythons

    The Monster Python

    Giant Burmese pythons are thriving in the Florida Everglades. The team meet the python hunters, dissect a nine-foot male and make an amazing discovery in a 14-foot female.

  • Great White Shark

    The Great White Shark

    The experts travel to South Africa to dissect a 900kg, 15-foot-long great white shark.

    Comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg uncovers the shark's incredible array of senses, including the ability to detect the electro-magnetic field given off by other creatures.

    Veterinary scientist Mark Evans investigates the origins of the shark's infamous killing bite and, out at sea, a bite force test on a live great white shows just how powerful those jaws really are.

    Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains how sharks' teeth and jaws evolved from their outer skin and gill arches.

    And the programme asks whether the animal's reputation as a man killer is really deserved.

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    The Giraffe

    Veterinary scientist Mark Evans along with Prof Richard Dawkins and a team of experts investigate and dissect the giraffe, piecing together its remarkable evolutionary story.

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    The Crocodile

    Veterinary scientist Mark Evans joins Professor Richard Dawkins and an array of experts in anatomy and behaviour in a bid to get under the skin of the crocodile.

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    The Whale

    Experts dissect a 65-foot, 60-tonne fin whale that was stranded in Ireland, to determine why the animal died and explore its extraordinary anatomy and evolution.

  • Elephant

    The Elephant

    A team of experts guide us through a new science series that uncovers the anatomical secrets and evolution of some of the animal kingdom's most extraordinary and popular large species.

Inside Nature's Giants synopsis

The award-winning series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet, exploring their anatomy to reveal how these creatures really work

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