The BEST episodes directed by Ian Gray

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#1 - Home

Life Story - Season 1 - Episode 3

Animals must find somewhere to live - a place that provides the necessities of life, shelter from the elements and a refuge from enemies. Good homes are rare and competition can be intense - finding a home is one thing, but defending it is quite another. Home for a pack of African hunting dogs is a vast plain in Zambia. But it's far from safe. They must protect their young from predators and battle their age-old enemy, the hyena. Hermit crabs on an isolated tropical island make their homes in empty snail shells. But there is a severe housing shortage. When a new property washes ashore the crabs form an orderly queue, in order of size. It's a housing chain. When the chain is complete each crab moves into the newly-vacated shell ahead of it in the line. Chimps have made a home on the edge of the Sahara desert. They only survive by knowing how to find water even in the most extreme droughts. The elders lead their troop on a brutal trek to a dried-out riverbed. Once there they know exactly where to dig to create wells.

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#2 - Power

Life Story - Season 1 - Episode 4

An individual’s life journey interweaves with many others. Those who are successful know when to fight or back down, when to cooperate or to go it alone and how to manipulate and deceive. But power is the ultimate prize: animals will use any means to rise through the ranks and win the game of life.

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Empire of the Desert Ants
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#3 - Empire of the Desert Ants

Natural World - Season 31 - Episode 2

Natural World visits the Arizona desert, where a new honey ant queen wages an intense battle for survival as she attempts to build and defend her empire. Eliminating rivals with ruthless efficiency, sacrificing thousands in her quest for domination, murder, cannibalism, genocide - she will do anything to keep her crown. Empire of the Ants is the epic story of one honey ant queen's dramatic rise to power - her brutal fall from grace.

Lost Worlds
281 votes

#4 - Lost Worlds

Madagascar - Season 1 - Episode 2

The wildlife featured this week includes cyanide-eating lemurs, cannibalistic frogs, carnivorous plants, tadpole-eating wasps, tunnel-digging chameleons and house-proud flycatchers.

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#5 - Winter

Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom - Season 1 - Episode 3

A look at the tough and resourceful characters that face up to the challenges of winter.

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Ice Age Death Trap
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#6 - Ice Age Death Trap

Natural World - Season 22 - Episode 13

For thousands of years downtown LA hid an indiscriminate killer - in one of the most surprising wildlife crime stories in the world, Natural World turns forensic detective to solve the mystery and unmask victims and killer. Features sabre-tooth cats, dire wolves and huge short-faced bears.