The lavish new nature series Spy In The Wild continues later this week with an exploration of intelligence in animals. David Tennant is the narrator of the five part series created by John Downer Productions which gathered up close and personal footage of animal species around the world through the employment of over 30 specially created spy cameras.
Four new preview clips released by the BBC today give a glimpse of what to expect when the new episode airs on Thursday night on BBC One at 8pm. They include an orangutan making use of a saw, a capuchin monkey frustrated in its attempts to get a meal, spy squirrel experiencing a theft and otters using stones to crack open shells.
Spy in the Wild (E2) Intelligence
Thursday 19th January, 8.00pm GMT
The spy creatures go undercover to explore the world of animal intelligence and reveal their use of tools, self-medication, culture and subterfuge. In Borneo, the most lifelike spy creature yet meets real orangutans and discovers how they use human tools. Spy Orang films how they wash with soap and how this behaviour is now part of their wild culture. In one of the most extraordinary scenes ever filmed, a wild orang uses a saw and competes with Spy Orang!
Spy Otter takes us to the heart of the sea otter colony to reveal their ingenious methods of finding and cracking open a meal. Spy Bushbaby infiltrates the world of chimpanzees to witness their problem solving and tool making, and is even hunted by a curious chimp. Spy Squirrel discovers how real squirrels use intellect and subterfuge to outwit other thieving squirrels.
Spy Ostrich Chick joins hatchlings in a nest and witnesses the daring trickery of the mother as she cleverly lures a leopard away from her vulnerable brood. Spy Termite Mound explores how drongo birds mislead meerkats in order to steal their food. Spy Crow films the world's most intelligent crow as he fashions tools from sticks to extract grubs and uses stones to crack nuts.
Capuchins discover that Spy Rock offers a convenient way to smash open their favourite food. Spy Sloth meets a real sloth and reveals the incredible jungle pharmacy that exists amongst its fur. In a magical scene, Spy Macaw, Spy Peccary and Spy Spider Monkey are our guides to a secret glade where jungle medicine abounds. This revelatory programme reveals that animals are far cleverer than we ever realised.
Logan M. Fields | January 17, 2017 | BBC One, breakingnews, David Tennant, John Downer Productions, Spy In The Wild, Voice Over