The Hunt

Date: 16.10.2015     Last updated: 23.10.2015 at 16.31
Category: BBC One; Factual
The contests between predators and prey are the most dramatic events in nature. For both sides, it’s a matter of life and death.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and made by Alastair Fothergill (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet) and Huw Cordey (Planet Earth, South Pacific), The Hunt will reveal, as never before, the difficulties predators face in catching their prey. They encounter many challenges in their lives, but the most defining, supported by statistics, is this: most hunts fail.

Predators must not only overcome the significant defences of their prey but also the unique challenges of their habitats. 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.

Notes to Editors

The Hunt will broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 1 November at 9pm

The full Media Pack - including crew Q&As and biographies, Stories from The Hunt, Technology Firsts, Filming Firsts, and an illustrated map showing the hunting locations of the animals featured in the series - is available here. A gallery of selected images from the series is below; these and others are available to print and digital press media from bbcpictures.co.uk.

The Hunt has been produced in partnership with The Open University (OU).

The OU academic consultants on The Hunt are senior lecturers in Biology, Drs Vicky Taylor and Miranda Dyson.

  • Dr Vicky Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Dept of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Miranda Dyson, Senior Lecturer in Biology, Dept of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems.

Academic consultants work closely with production teams to provide academic expertise and consultation throughout the production process and are in overall charge of advising and judging that the feel and approach of the programme or series is appropriate to the OU.

For more information, please contact:

BBC UK contact: Helene Fox
BBC Worldwide contact: Emma Finlay