Natural Curiosities (2013– )
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Armoured Animals 

Davis presents two species famous for their body armor, while wondering why it's not more common. First the skin plated rhinoceros, subject of myths until a tame female from colonial India ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
David Attenborough ... Self - Presenter
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Guy Chapelier Guy Chapelier ... Narrator (voice) (as Guy Chapellier)


Davis presents two species famous for their body armor, while wondering why it's not more common. First the skin plated rhinoceros, subject of myths until a tame female from colonial India was toured throughout Europe by a Dutch captain. Next the spines-covered hedgehog and his actually very different, not closely related African counterpart, the porcupine. Written by KGF Vissers

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hedgehog | rhinoceros | porcupine | See All (3) »



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Armoured animals

As said many times, David Attenborough is a national treasure. He may apparently dislike the term, but it is hard to not say that about such a great presenter who has contributed significantly to some of the best documentaries there's ever been.

It is really hard picking favourites, let alone a definite favourite, among what Attenborough has done because he has done so many gems, it is the equivalent of trying to choose your favourite ice cream flavour or your favourite operatic role (for examples) and finding you can't pick. 'Natural Curiosities' is another gem of his, there is nothing artificial about it at all, it's imaginatively done and there is more than enough in every episode to make one stick with it, the curiosity factor is high. It is also very entertaining, very candid and very much accessible. It's very natural and wonderfully curious.

"Armoured Animals" does nothing to break the consistently exceptional quality and in its own way it's just as wonderful.

The episode looks beautiful for one thing. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate and there is nothing static about it at all. The editing is smooth and succinct and the wide range habitats make for some truly eye catching scenery that are just as big in character as the animals and Attenborough himself.

One learns a lot about the animals and finds themselves rooting for them in some way too, something that has always been pleasingly apparent in Attenborough's work. This may sound like hyperbole, but it really came across that way to me.

Entertainment value is high, and as always with Attenborough "Armoured Animals" is incredibly informative. Found myself learning a lot and found that even familiar knowledge was expanded upon. The diversity ensures that repetition never kicks in. Like Attenborough's best work, it is easy to connect emotionally and it is hard not to be captivated by the fun, tension and pathos.

Attenborough is a huge part of the appeal, of course, and his contribution helps significantly. He is very candid, clearly knowing his stuff and knowing what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more.

Was particularly illuminated with the differences between the hedgehogs and porcupines.

Concluding, fascinating as one would expect. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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29 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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