Inside Nature’s Giants

10:00pm Wednesday, August 4 on M4

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans, comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg and a team of experts reveal how nature’s giant animals really work. In this edition they venture into the swamps of the Florida Everglades where giant Burmese pythons – which have been released into the wild by pet owners or have escaped from reptile breeding centres – are thriving.

10:00pm Wednesday, July 28 on M4

Inside Nature’s Giants uses dissection, CGI and wildlife photography to show, from the inside out, how millions of years of evolution have enabled four species to thrive in their environmental niches. In this edition, with veterinary scientist Mark Evans as guide, a team of experts investigate the giraffe.

10:00pm Wednesday, July 14 on M4

In this episode experts dissect a 65-foot, 60-ton fin whale that has died after being stranded off the coast of Ireland. It’s a race against time as whale anatomist Joy Reidenberg flies in from New York before the animal’s decomposition causes it to explode on the beach.

10:00pm Wednesday, July 7 on M4

This series uncovers the anatomical secrets of some of the animal kingdom’s most extraordinary species and answers such age-old questions as: How did the elephant get its trunk?

9:00pm Tuesday, June 22 on C4

The last episode of the series looks at the lion and the tiger. From the outside, the lion and the tiger look very different, but once their skins are removed, even the experts find it hard to tell them apart. Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg travel to South Africa to see how wild lions react to pre-recorded roars of intruder males. The team dissect the anatomy of how these deadly machines work, from the big cats’ powerful forearms and retractable claws, to the powerful killing bite. And Richard Dawkins explains the evolutionary arms race that has arisen between predators and their prey in the struggle to survive.

Monday, July 20 on 4

Inside Nature’s Giants uses dissection, CGI and wildlife photography to show, from the inside out, how millions of years of evolution have enabled four species to thrive in their environmental niches. In this edition, with veterinary scientist Mark Evans as guide, a team of experts investigate the giraffe. Evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins reveals how the anatomy of the world’s tallest animal provides some of the best arguments in favour of Darwinian natural selection. And as the dissection team pieces together the remarkable evolutionary story of the giraffe, biologist Simon Watt observes them in the field as they eat, forage and fight.

Monday, July 13 on 4

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans joins experts in anatomy, evolution and behaviour in a bid to get under the skin of the crocodile. Meanwhile evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins explains how little the crocodile has changed since the age of the dinosaurs. The team uncovers the crocodile’s incredible jaw muscles, as biologist Simon Watt travels to Florida to test the huge strength of the massive reptile’s bite: the most powerful in the animal kingdom. Also the programme reveals that despite its prehistoric appearance, the crocodile’s anatomy is far from primitive, it is perfectly evolved to be the ultimate predator.

Monday, July 6 on 4

Experts dissect a 65-foot, 60-ton fin whale that has died after being stranded off the coast of Ireland. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans helps investigate why the animal died and explores its extraordinary anatomy. Whale anatomist Joy Reidenberg and the team work amidst gale force winds, driving rain, blood, intestines, evil smells and freezing conditions. Using dissection and computer graphics, the programme discovers an animal whose closest living relative is the hippo. Meanwhile, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why the whale’s ancestors may have taken to the water.

Monday, June 29 on 4

This new four-part science series uncovers the anatomical secrets of some of the animal kingdom’s most extraordinary species. Made in association with the Royal Veterinary College , Inside Nature’s Giants uses dissection, CGI and wildlife photography to show, from the inside out, how millions of years of evolution have enabled four species – the elephant, whale, crocodile and giraffe – to thrive in their environmental niches. Veterinary scientist Mark Evans acts as guide, while evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins traces the animals’ places on the tree of life. The first programme looks at how evolution has overcome the challenges of being as big as an elephant.

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