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Inside Nature’s Giants

YEAR: 2009-2012 | LENGTH: 4 seasons 18 episodes (50 minutes each)  |  SOURCE: CHANNEL4

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Inside Nature’s Giants is a British science documentary, first broadcast in June 2009 by Channel 4. The documentary shows experts performing dissection on some of nature’s largest animals, including whales and elephants.

The programme is presented by Mark Evans. The series attempts to uncover the secrets of the animals examined. Mark is assisted by evolutionary biologists Richard Dawkins and Simon Watt, and comparative anatomist Joy Reidenberg. The show is currently airing on PBS in the United States and repeats are currently airing on Eden in the UK.

episodes:

season 1

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.

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.

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.

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.

season 2

The experts dissect a 900kg, 15-foot-long great white shark, uncovering its incredible array of senses, exploring its evolution and asking if its reputation as a man killer is deserved

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.

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.

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.

season 3

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

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.

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 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 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 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.

season 4

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.

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.

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 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.

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