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VIDEO: Intelligent Animals - David Tennant Narrates Preview Clips From Spy In The Wild Episode 2



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.

Watch below:










Spy in the Wild (E2) Intelligence
Thursday 19th January, 8.00pm GMT
BBC One
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.


Spy In The Wild Narrated By David Tennant Is TV Ratings Winner For Thursday



The first episode of Spy In The Wild, narrated by David Tennant, attracted 5.33 million viewers on its premiere airing on BBC One on Thursday night, 24.6% of the TV audience at the time.

The new wildlife documentary from John Downer productions was a terrestrial TV winner for the 8pm slot, only held in second place for the first half hour of the show as 5.94m (27.6%) watched the ITV soap Emmerdale; ITV’s audience then dropped to 3.70m (17.0%) when The Cruise began at 8.30pm. On BBC Two, 1.70m (7.9%) tuned in to The Great Interior Design Challenge with Channel 4’s The Restoration Man attracting 1.20m (5.5%). Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun over on Channel 5 was watched by 0.95m (4.4%).

The new five-part nature series Spy In The Wild is one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented. The programme makers deploy over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before. The first episode explored Love; if you missed it you can catch up here (UK license payers only).


Spy In The Wild continues on Thursday 19thJanuary on BBC One when up close footage reveals Intelligence among members of the animal kingdom.


UK PRE-ORDER: Spy In The Wild Narrated By David Tennant Released On DVD & Blu-ray In March



If you enjoyed the first episode of the new David Tennant narrated wildlife series Spy In The Wild which aired on BBC One this evening, you may like to know that the series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK in March. 

The innovative five-part series created by John Downer Productions deployed over 30 specially created ultra-realistic animatronic Spy Creatures to go undercover in the animal world, capturing unique animal behaviour closer than ever before. The viewer is plunged into the very heart of the extraordinary lives of over thirty fascinating animals across the world, revealing behaviour that is remarkably like our own. 


The 2 disc sets are released on Monday 6th March.

Spy In The Wild continues on Thursday 19th January at 8pm GMT on BBC One. If you missed the first episode you can catch up now via BBC iPlayer


UK PREMIERE: David Tennant Narrates Spy In The Wild On BBC One Tonight



Tonight on BBC One from 8.00pm GMT, David Tennant narrates the first episode of Spy In The Wild,  the new five-part series from award-winning wildlife documentary makers John Downer Productions. In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy In The Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before.

Spy In The Wild
Episode 1 - Love
BBC One, 8.00pm
To discover just how like us animals really are, animatronic spy creatures infiltrate the animal world to explore their complex emotions. Spy Pup makes friends with a wild dog pack to investigate their maternal love and has a dangerous encounter with lions and elephants.

Baby Spy Crocs discover the extraordinary devotion of a mother crocodile and take a rollercoaster ride inside her mouth as she carries her babies to water.

Spy Egret and Spy Tortoise are nearly trampled by elephants as they film a newborn baby sharing the love of his caring family. Spy Monkey meets a troop of over 120 unruly langurs and finds out how teenage monkeys comically practise babysitting skills.

Spy Prairie Dog witnesses the most enthusiastic kissers in the animal world. Spy Chick discovers the extraordinary devotion of hornbills as a mother is imprisoned for the sake of her brood.

In Antarctica, Spy Adelie Penguin becomes entangled in the penguins' turbulent love life as they fight to steal pebbles to impress a fussy female.

On the savannah, giraffes are filmed for the first time paying homage to an old giraffe that recently passed away.

Spy Bush Baby meets some curious chimpanzees, and Spy Tortoise is adopted by a 5-year old and is taken on a wild ride through the jungle canopy before coming down to earth with a bump.

In a thought-provoking scene a chimpanzee shows empathy as he finds an abandoned wildcat kitten and adopts it as his pet.



VIDEOS: David Tennant Voices Spy In The Wild - Preview Of Episode 1: Love



David Tennant is the narrator for a new five part BBC One documentary, Spy In The Wild, which starts tomorrow at 8pm.

In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy In The Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before.

In episode one the Spy Creatures investigate the rarely-seen emotions and feelings of animals - and ask if they are as complicated and strong as our own. Through these Spy Creatures' eyes we discover the origins of love.

Take a look at some clips of episode one below:



Spy prairie dog reveals intimate kissing among prairie dogs.



Langur monkeys mistake the motionless robotic spy monkey that was accidentally dropped as a lifeless baby langur and begin to grieve.



Spy croc hatching films a mother croc with her babies closer than ever before and reveals the caring side of a fierce creature.



A young chimpanzee looks after an abandoned genet kitten


PHOTOS: A Closer Look At The Stars Of The David Tennant Narrated Series Spy In The Wild



David Tennant is the narrator for a new five part BBC One documentary, Spy In The Wild, that starts on Thursday 12th January at 8pm.

In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy In The Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before.

Take a look at some images of the stars of the series below:

Meerkat clawing Spy Meerkat. South Africa.

Langur monkeys looking at Spy Langur. India.

 Spy Bushbaby in tree trunk.

 Spy Croc Hatchling.

Spy Prairie Dog

Leopard tortoise close-up. Kenya.

 Spy Crocodile Hatchlings close-up. Uganda.

 Spy Wild Dog Pup close-up. Botswana.

 Wild dog pups inspecting Spy Wild Dog Pup. Botswana. 

Spy Wild Dog Pup. 

 Spy Orangutan close-up in forest. Borneo.

 Orangutan inspecting Spy Orangutan. Borneo.

 Grey squirrel stealing nut from Spy Squirrel. North America. 

 Crocodile with young in her mouth. Uganda.

Spy Wild Dog Pup with no skin.

 Close Up Spy Wild Dog Pup with no skin.

 Close Up Spy Langur Monkey “under the skin.” 

 Prairie dog mold.

 Spy creatures key designer John Nolan working on Spy Wild Dog Pup

The Spy Creatures

In episode one the Spy Creatures investigate the rarely-seen emotions and feelings of animals - and ask if they are as complicated and strong as our own. Through these Spy Creatures' eyes we discover the origins of love.

Spy Pup is immersed in wild dog life, where he has to act fast to be accepted by the curious pack, as imminent danger is lurking in the wild from different sides. Baby Spy Crocs allow us to join the infant reptiles on a rollercoaster ride inside the mouth of their mother, as she uses unusual tactics to transport her newborns to safety.

Our Spy Creatures take us closer than ever before to animal sadness and mourning: an accident strikes as Spy Baby Monkey becomes the centre of the story when it meets a troop of over 120 langur monkeys. Spy Tortoise takes further into the story of grief as he witnesses what seems to be awareness of death, never before seen on film.

Spy Egg becomes Spy Chick while imprisoned with a mother hornbill, who tries to rear her new brood in a safe, self-induced solitary confinement for two months.

Spy Penguin is immersed in the turbulent action of the mating season, as a male Adélie penguin falls victim to a pebble thief who ruins his chances of love for the season - despite the help of Spy Penguin.

Spy Tortoise and Spy Bushbaby are deployed to keep watch on chimpanzees, where they witness the chimps' jealousy, protective instincts as well as their softer side, in a thought-provoking scene where a chimpanzee adopts a new pet.

Spy In The Wild In The TV Listings Magazines


David Tennant is the narrator for a new five part BBC One documentary, Spy In The Wild, that starts on Thursday 12th January at 8pm.

In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy In The Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before.

The debut episode is covered in several UK TV magazines this week. Check the articles out below:


Radio Times


TV Times

What's On TV

TV & Satellite Week




SPY IN THE WILD: David Tennant 'A Vital Part' Of John Downer Productions Shows Says Producer



John Downer has paid tribute to David Tennant’s narrative skills at the launch of his production company’s latest spectacular wildlife series, Spy In The Wild, coming to BBC One in January. In a Q&A with the BBC he explained how the ‘Spy’ programmes differ from other wildlife series by paying tribute to the core team working on most of the productions, including David as narrator.

“David Tennant has become a vital part of the overall experience – a natural storyteller, he has won many fans for sensitive and nuanced delivery,” he said.


He also gave a nod to regular composer, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, who was BAFTA nominated for his scores for previous Spy films, and to the team’s award-winning editors Stuart Napier and Imogen Pollard.

John Downer Productions are known for their use of innovatively disguised spy cameras to collect unique and intimate footage of animals in their natural environments. Launching on BBC One on Thursday 12thJanuary, Spy In The Wild is arguably one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented. The programme makers deploy over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic Spy Creatures to go undercover in the animal world and the five-part series captures unique animal behaviour closer than ever before. Using special “spy cameras” invented by film maker John Downer’s team at John Downer Productions, the viewer is plunged into the very heart of the extraordinary lives of over thirty fascinating animals across the world, including langurs, orang-utans, meerkats and crocodiles, revealing behaviour that is remarkably like our own. To expose some of the most astonishing animal behaviour ever seen, the team of Spy Creatures go undercover. These robotic look-alikes make all the right moves to not only be accepted by animals but also interact with them, providing revelatory insights into their world.

34 different brand new Spy Creatures were created for the series: Spy Orangutan, Spy Sea Otter, Spy Bushbaby, Spy Squirrel, Spy Macaw, Spy Sloth, Spy Peccary, Spy Wild Dog pup, Spy Spider Monkey, Spy Crocodile Hatchling, Spy Prairiedog, Spy Egret, Spy Tortoise, Spy Langur, Spy Hornbill chick, Spy Sargassum Fish, Spy Macaque, Spy Tropicbird, Spy Ostrich Chick, Spy Crow, Spy Grub, Spy Bowerbird, Spy Adelie Penguin, Spy Vervet Monkey, Spy Pufferfish, Spy Wolfcub, Spy Warthog, Spy Hippo, Spy Rattlesnake, Spy Hippo, Spy Crocodile, Spy Caterpillar, Spy Cobra, Spy Meerkat. The series also used traditional long lens and remote controlled cameras while cameramen spent many weeks observing and filming over 50 species of animal from hides, often in very challenging conditions.

The series comprises four episodes exploring the different aspects of animal behaviour: Love, Intelligence, Friendships and Mischief. The fifth episode looks at how the series was made, from the creation of the Spy Creatures, their first moves and their eventual deployment in environments around the world. 


Spy In The Wild begins on BBC One on Thursday 12thJanuary at 8.00pm GMT.

Check out some production images below:









David Tennant To Narrate Spy In The Wild Series On BBC One



David Tennant is the narrator for a new five part BBC One documentary, Spy In The Wild, that starts on Thursday 12th January at 8pm.

In one of the most innovative natural history series ever presented, Spy In The Wild deploys over 30 ultra-realistic animatronic 'Spy Creatures' to go undercover in the animal world, filming their unique behaviour closer than ever before.

In episode one the Spy Creatures investigate the rarely-seen emotions and feelings of animals - and ask if they are as complicated and strong as our own. Through these Spy Creatures' eyes we discover the origins of love.

Spy Pup is immersed in wild dog life, where he has to act fast to be accepted by the curious pack, as imminent danger is lurking in the wild from different sides. Baby Spy Crocs allow us to join the infant reptiles on a rollercoaster ride inside the mouth of their mother, as she uses unusual tactics to transport her newborns to safety.

Our Spy Creatures take us closer than ever before to animal sadness and mourning: an accident strikes as Spy Baby Monkey becomes the centre of the story when it meets a troop of over 120 langur monkeys. Spy Tortoise takes further into the story of grief as he witnesses what seems to be awareness of death, never before seen on film.

Spy Egg becomes Spy Chick while imprisoned with a mother hornbill, who tries to rear her new brood in a safe, self-induced solitary confinement for two months.

Spy Penguin is immersed in the turbulent action of the mating season, as a male Adélie penguin falls victim to a pebble thief who ruins his chances of love for the season - despite the help of Spy Penguin.

Spy Tortoise and Spy Bushbaby are deployed to keep watch on chimpanzees, where they witness the chimps' jealousy, protective instincts as well as their softer side, in a thought-provoking scene where a chimpanzee adopts a new pet.
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