Sir David Attenborough will narrate a new BBC natural history special.

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough

The 94-year-old historian will tell the tale of a young meerkat queen, Maghogho, in an upcoming one-off programme for the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

'Meerkat: A Dynasties Special' will follow Maghogho as she must raise her pups in the hot and dry Makadikadi salt pans in Botswana, where almost nothing can survive.

Mike Gunton - Creative Director and Executive Producer, BBC Studios Natural History Unit - said: “Dynasties is back this festive season with a story like no other.

"Follow the twisting and turning tale of Maghogho and her clan and find yourself on the edge of your seat as they strive to battle both the elements and their enemies. This special shows viewers a whole new side to meerkats, and demonstrates the power of family unity through hardship.”

Meanwhile, Liz Bonnin will narrate 'Penguins: Meet the Family', a one-off special about King Penguins as they take their first steps away from their family to battle the elements and form lifelong bonds.

Doug Mackay-Hope, Executive Producer at BBC Studios Natural History Unit, added: “What I love about this show is that many of us feel we know penguins and yet if asked, most have no idea that there are 18 different varieties out there. From the striking Snares penguin with its punk hairstyle, to the Little penguin with its blue feathers.

"In 'Penguins: Meet the Family' we celebrate all of them for the first time, giving viewers a unique opportunity to meet and enjoy this much loved animal family in a whole new light.”

The two one-hour specials will air on the BBC over the festive period in hopes the animals will bring "joy and warm hearts" after a challenging year.

Julian Hector - Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit - said: “We’re thrilled to be bringing these two brand new natural history specials to viewers. In a year of such challenging times for everyone, seeing the world through the lives of such characterful animals we hope will bring joy and warm hearts and homes this festive season.”

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