Planet Earth Live

8:00pm Sunday 13 May on BBC ONE

Richard Hammond follows the fortunes of the Marsh Pride in Kenya’s Masai Mara – a lion society which is brutal, dramatic and unpredictable. Nearby in Samburu National Reserve there is good news, as scores of elephants arrive with their vulnerable newborns.

At Julia Bradbury’s base in the wild Northwoods of Minnesota, the black bear young mums teach their cubs how to feed and stay safe from wolves. Meanwhile in California, grey whale calves are on an epic and dangerous migration.

In South Africa’s Kalahari desert meerkats face an unforgiving desert environment full of lethal hawks, snakes and scorpions. And in Sri Lanka it’s a story of haves and have-nots in monkey society.

Life is tough for the giant river otters of the Peruvian Amazon as they attempt to survive in crocodile-infested waters, while in the frozen wastes it’s a tough spring for the tiny polar bear cubs.

Part soap, part reality show and part news programme Planet Earth Live is the ultimate global wildlife drama.

Ep 4/8

7:35pm Sunday 6 May on BBC ONE

Richard Hammond and Julia Bradbury join the world’s best natural history film-makers for the most ambitious live wildlife series ever undertaken, following the real-time stories of the world’s most charismatic animals around the globe.

Experts and cameramen/women from the award winning BBC Natural History Unit combine the spectacular cinematography of Frozen Planet with the live techniques of Big Cat Live and Springwatch to follow real-life animal dramas from around the globe throughout May – a critical time for many of the Earth’s young animals.

From baby elephants in Kenya, black bears in Minnesota, macaque monkeys in Sri Lanka, meerkats in South Africa, grey whales in the Pacific to the lions of the Masaai Mara, the lives of many wild youngsters hang in the balance. Expect the unexpected as nature writes the script.

Based in southern Kenya, Richard fulfils a childhood dream as he tracks the Marsh pride of lions with camerawoman Sophie Darlington. The group, made famous by Big Cat Diary, is at a crucial time in their history with a pride takeover. A lioness has escaped with the cubs, but with limited food their survival hangs in the balance.

In the wild Northwoods of Minnesota Julia Bradbury gets up close and personal with one of the most feared predators on the planet – black bears. She joins expert Dr Lynn Rogers as bear families emerge from their dens with new born cubs. On the Pacific coast she follows the epic migration of grey whales and their calves running the gauntlet of killer whales.

Confirmed for: Sunday 6 May, 7.50pm-9.00pm; Wednesday 9 May, 7.30pm-8.00pm; Thursday 10 May, 8.00pm-9.00pm

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