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The Hunt

The Hunt

  • Premiered: 
    November 1, 2015
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Nature
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Plot Synopsis

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, THE HUNT is a seven-part series that takes an intimate and detailed look at the remarkable strategies employed by hunters to catch their prey and the hunted to escape. Statistics show that most hunts fail, so to succeed predators must be arch strategists. How do you get close to your prey on the open plain, where there's nowhere to hide? How do you even find your prey when you live in a thick forest? How do you cope when the world beneath your feet melts away every summer as it does in the Arctic? Survival depends on many skills -- speed, stealth, stamina, strength, ingenuity, and teamwork -- but it's how these are applied that makes the difference between success and failure, life and death. BBC America broadcast the U.S. premiere of this series on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT.
On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, BBC America premiered the season finale of THE HUNT, immediately followed by the one-hour "Making Of" special at 10pm. In the season ender (9pm), "Living with Predators: Conservation," the series visits the frontline of the conflict with the world's top predators, meeting the scientists fighting to save them. Crossing five continents and combining landmark natural history footage with real-life human drama, the episode checks the pulse of the earth's iconic animals -- including lions, tigers, polar bears and blue whales. With three-quarters of the planet's carnivores now in decline, can people find ways to live with predators before they disappear forever? Then, in the one-hour special (10pm), "The Making Of," THE HUNT's production team spent three years filming the planet's most iconic predators. The challenge was to show the strategies of hunters like wild dogs, blue whales, arctic wolves, and tigers in unprecedented detail. To get inside each hunt, the team navigated the same terrain, tracked the same quarry and endured the same weather as the predators they filmed; they immersed themselves in the world of their subjects. For the first time ever, the team found a way to track wild dogs throughout the entire chase (filming which previously was only possible from helicopter and stationary camera). They also devised a strategy to safely follow tigers (a predator which had rarely been filmed hunting amongst the trees) deep into the forest. And their greatest feat, capturing rare footage of a blue whale feeding underwater, which they achieved after spending two seasons searching for balls of densely packed Krill (the blue whales' prey) in the hopes the whales would follow.