About 10 million of us have been carolling in to BBC One’s Planet Earth II every Sunday for the past six weeks.
The programme, moving a decade after the original Planet Earth was broadcast, has been, by all accountings, a truly extraordinary series.
Ratings evidence the series has been watched by all age groups, with astonishingly large numbers of young people carolling in to watch the programme live every week.
The series has become Internet Movie Database’s highest-rated tv programme of all time.
Here are just a few of the things we’ve become aware of Planet Earth II.
1. Flamingos don’t get sunburned
In the Mountains episode, we discovered flamingos become trapped in ice overnight, simply to be freed when the sunbathe ultimately came up. Afterward, we looked them gather together in a group to go on ceremony in a strange courtship ritual – providing BBC One with some good brand-new idents in the process.
2. Sloths like to swim( specially if there is a pretty sloth waiting at the other side of the lake)
Sadly the female sloth being pursued in the Islands episode already had a babe and therefore wouldn’t be copulating again for another period of six months – but full symbols for effort to this enthusiastic chap.
3. Sir David Attenborough can present from a hot air balloon at the age of 90
The prospect of going to a suspend cold climate, clambering into a hot air bag and trying not to shiver too much as a camera is moment at you would be daunting for most of us. But not, apparently, for Sir David, who is still able to do this with ease despite being in his 10 th decade.
4. Watching iguanas being pursued by snakes is more exciting than any James Bond car chase we’ve ever seen
Watching swine chase other animals in this succession can be a perplexing ordeal – do you root for the swine being pursued, because you don’t want them to die, or the piranha passing chase, because you don’t are to be able to deprive? Either way – there’s no deny such encounters are extremely exhilarating( and traumatising ).
5. Men are more attractive when they tidy up a bit
The Wilson’s bird-of-paradise in the Jungles episode set an example to us all. The brightly-coloured fowl tidied up all the leaves from one patch of the forest floor so his luminous featherings would stand out more and lure a mate. Far be it from us to suggest that humans could learn from this, of course.
6. Baloo and The Jungle Book were fairly accurate depictions of bear scratching behaviour
You’re a digest. You’ve got an itchy back. What do you do? Do exceedingly innovative exploit of the trees around you, of course – proving in the process that The Jungle Book was more than simply a children’s film, it was a documentary.
7. A giraffe can win in a battle with a lion
Because prey is so thin on the sand, desert lions hunt whichever swine they come across. As giraffes are relatively common here they are an important prey species. But one particular giraffe in the Deserts episode returned a lioness a run for her money , not quite overtaking her but finagling to knock her away when she attacked.
8. Bears been in love vandalise video equipment
The production crew behind Planet Earth II learned one expensive reading in the Grasslands episode. You can take recording equipment to the other side of the world. You can cover it in a grass camouflage. But the bottom line? Suffers still like to smash up video cameras.
9. Don’t leave any meat unattended in Jaipur, India
As seen in the concluding Cities episode, one particular reproduce of monkey, the rhesus macaque, has become adept at navigating the people, traffic and market stops of Jaipur in India. Their audacious “daylight robbery”, as Sir David applies it, of any food or booze lying around would place Aladdin’s sidekick Abu to shame.