The BEST Episodes of The Life of Mammals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2019

Network: BBC One

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

Life in the Trees

#1 - Life in the Trees

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 9.00
14 votes
Insect Hunters

#2 - Insect Hunters

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 8.86
22 votes
A Winning Design

#3 - A Winning Design

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.74
35 votes

#4 - Opportunists

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 8.73
15 votes
Meat Eaters

#5 - Meat Eaters

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 8.64
25 votes

#6 - Chisellers

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 8.63
19 votes
Food for Thought

#7 - Food for Thought

Season 1 - Episode 10

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
Social Climbers

#8 - Social Climbers

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 8.38
13 votes
Plant Predators

#9 - Plant Predators

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 8.36
22 votes
Return to the Water

#10 - Return to the Water

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 8.29
14 votes