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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Pick of the week: Dynasties

Sunday, BBC1, 8pm, Emperors of the south

Feathered friends: Emperor penguins face the Antartic winter
Feathered friends: Emperor penguins face the Antartic winter
The Interrogation of Tony Martin
Presenter of Ireland's Fittest Family, Kathryn Thomas
The Apprentice
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

There was a positively Shakespearean flourish to the opening episode of this remarkable natural history series centred on five of the planet's most celebrated - and endangered - species. Last week it was chimps, and the story of 'David', alpha leader of a group of Senegalese chimpanzees whose authority is about to be challenged.

The way in which his would-be usurpers schemed seemed chillingly human. More chilling still is the dire state in which human encroachment and pollution have left these chimps and the other creatures featured in this brilliantly executed series.

This week it's penguins, Emperors to be precise, and while the planet may be rapidly warming, their world still looks bloody cold to me. On Atka Bay in Antarctica a cruel winter is rapidly approaching, and as the sea freezes every land animal flees. But out of the sea come thousands of Emperor Penguins, who will march inland towards the barren wastelands to form one of the world's greatest animal colonies. For the Antarctic winter is this penguin's breeding time, when the next generation of their dynasty must be created.

They and their parents, though, will face stiff odds in the harshest climate on Earth. Every pair of penguins will rely on the extraordinary strength of their bond and a piece of teamwork that will depend on tenacity and luck. In Dynasties we also see how a broader cooperation between the entire penguin group helps ensure survival as their world is plunged into a sunless night that will last six weeks as blizzards reign and temperatures plunge to -60°C.

 

3 to watch

Ireland's Fittest Family

Sunday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm

Quarter final

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Presenter of Ireland's Fittest Family, Kathryn Thomas
 

Four families go head to head in the forbidding setting of Dublin Port.

The Interrogation of Tony Martin

Sunday, Channel 4, 9pm

A moral dilemma

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The Interrogation of Tony Martin
 

Steve Pemberton heads the cast of this drama based on the true story of the Norfolk farmer who shot and killed a burglar on his property and became the focus of a heated public debate.

The Apprentice

Wednesday, BBC1, 9pm

Comedy of errors

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The Apprentice
 

Lord Sugar has had much to be grumpy about this season, and this week his rarely competent charges are asked to set up an art gallery event. What could possibly go wrong.

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