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The Hunt

This lavish co-production from the OU and the BBC gets close to tales of survival. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores the dynamic relationship between predator and their prey. Watch clips from each episode and explore the science behind the stories.

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A polar bear launches itself at a bearded seal on the Summer drift ice. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, The Hunt approaches predation as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey and the hunted to escape. The series travels the world in search of the top predators: from hunting dogs endless chases over the open plains to polar bears stalking seals out on breaking ice: from portia, nature’s smartest spider, that alters its hunting strategy depending on what prey it’s targeting, to the abdopus octopus, which, at low tide, walks across the ground to reach fish trapped in rock pools; from killer whales running down humpback whales in tropical waters to the first ever images of blue whales feeding. The animals' strategies are shaped by where they live so each episode plays out in one principal habitat, whether savannah, jungle or ocean.

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The Hunt won the Panasonic Cinematography Award: large crew award at the Wildscreen Panda Awards; Matt Meach won the Doghouse award for editing the series and Steven Price the music award. Congratulations to all involved.

The first episode of The Hunt will air on BBC One on Sunday 1st November 2015 at 9PM, it is repeated the following Sunday afternoon. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on

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Episode 1: The Hardest Challenge

A leopard on the lookout for prey in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Huw Cordey / Silverback Films The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. The Hardest Challenge reveals the extraordinary range of techniques predators use to catch their prey - from a leopard using all its powers of stealth to stalk impala in broad daylight to wild dogs, whose tactic is to wear down their prey over long distances; from Nile crocodiles, the planet’s most patient predators, to killer whales who use teamwork and intelligence to take on humpback whales.

But even with these finely tuned strategies the outcome is far from certain. Surprisingly, the majority of predators fail most of the time.

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Episode 7: Living with Predators It’s hard to imagine a world without lions, tigers and polar bears. But the earth’s wildest places are shrinking, and... Read more
Episode 6: Race Against Time The coast is the dynamic border between land and sea; powered by the tides and thrashed by waves this is a world of... Read more
Episode 5: Nowhere to Hide Half of all land is desert or grassland-the most exposed habitats on our planet. How do predators and their prey hide... Read more
Episode 4: Hunger at Sea How do predators find prey in the open ocean - a vast watery desert where food is scarce and widespread? Blue whales,... Read more
Episode 3: Hide and Seek How do tigers, harpy eagles, chimpanzees, army ants and other predators rise to the challenge of hunting within the... Read more
Episode 2: In the Grip of the Seasons How do polar predators face the challenges of hunting in the Arctic, the most seasonal place on Earth? The only... Read more
Episode 1: The Hardest Challenge This opening episode reveals the extraordinary strategies used by both predators and prey. Read more