The BEST Episodes of The Life of Mammals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020

Network: BBC One

David Attenborough looks at why mammals are the most successful creatures on the planet.

Chisellers

#1 - Chisellers

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 11, 2002

Special tools like chisel sharp front teeth and underground dwelling enable this group of mammals to feast on roots and seeds.

star 8.89
72 votes
Insect Hunters

#2 - Insect Hunters

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 27, 2002

Mammals from tiny shrews to giant anteaters have specialised in eating insects. Some have even pursued their prey into the skies.

star 8.61
74 votes
Life in the Trees

#3 - Life in the Trees

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 22, 2003

A range of adaptations from sucker-feet to gripping tails help the tree dwellers to survive, and in the dark forest super senses come in to play.

star 8.61
66 votes
Food for Thought

#4 - Food for Thought

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 5, 2003

The natural world was transformed when one great ape began to walk upright - us. But why has this led to the development of our extraordinary brains?

star 8.50
8 votes
Plant Predators

#5 - Plant Predators

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 4, 2002

The plant eaters take on the largely indigestible, spiny and poisonous defences of plants with some spectacular physical adaptations to diet.

star 8.46
74 votes
Return to the Water

#6 - Return to the Water

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 15, 2003

With perfect streamlined bodies and great underwater speed, seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales became the new hunters of the sea..

star 8.45
66 votes
A Winning Design

#7 - A Winning Design

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 20, 2002

From the tiniest bat to the massive blue whale, all mammals share the ability to nurture their young on milk and regulate their own temperatures.

star 8.18
140 votes
Meat Eaters

#8 - Meat Eaters

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 18, 2002

Predators and prey must evolve speed, endurance and manoeuvrability to outwit each other, and the pack hunters must maintain order in the ranks.

star 8.16
103 votes
Social Climbers

#9 - Social Climbers

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 29, 2003

In the daily hubbub of monkey life, only those with a talent for social wheeler dealing get ahead, driving the shift towards larger brains.

star 7.46
39 votes
Opportunists

#10 - Opportunists

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 8, 2003

A mammal capable of having a varied diet can be highly adaptable and exploit new environments including the cities where they thrive.

star 7.39
67 votes