The BEST Episodes of The Life of Mammals

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 4, 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 9.08
12 votes

#2 - 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 9.00
13 votes
Insect Hunters

#3 - 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 8.90
20 votes
A Winning Design

#4 - 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 8.84
31 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 8.73
22 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 8.59
17 votes
Social Climbers

#7 - 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 8.50
12 votes
Food for Thought

#8 - 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
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 8.35
20 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 8.25
12 votes