15-0164 Hidden Kingdoms (Series)
Produced by BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, France TV, CCTV
Category as a finalist: Limited Series - Long Form
Hidden Kingdoms is an innovative new series from the BBC's Natural History Unit. For the first time it takes the viewer into a unique and unexplored miniature world, immersing you into the action-packed lives of the planet's smaller animals.
We’ll experience and see these habitats from a new visual perspective. Pushing between blades of grass will feel like journeying deep into the densest jungle, while running from a hunting lizard will feel like a visit to Jurassic Park.
This is a different approach to a traditional wildlife series. Based entirely on real behaviour, it employs a unique range of filming techniques and constructed storytelling to recreate these animals' own distinctive perspectives and to illustrate the dynamism of their lives.
From chipmunks to beetles, from marmosets to elephant shrews, these are animals who live life at an intensity that’s hard to imagine. They hunt food, but are themselves hunted; they face the forces of the world that, to them, can be catastrophic. When you are just a few inches tall, raindrops can feel like meteorites, dust stings like gravel, a sudden gust of wind feels like a tornado and a sudden rainstorm - that to us is nothing more than a nuisance - releases raging torrents that can wash away an animal’s home in seconds.
To a little creature, almost every other animal becomes a giant that can change or even destroy their hidden kingdom. A migrating herd of wildebeest shakes the ground like an earthquake, leaving a tiny creature spinning in dust. A pile of elephant dung is like a mountain instantly blocking their path.
We’ll understand how these animals are adapted to cope with life in these miniature worlds, revealing how they use their impressive senses and powers of speed, strength and agility to survive.