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Clever Monkeys

Episode 3 of 16

David Attenborough discovers some surprisingly human behaviour when he looks at monkeys, such as pygmy marmosets, bearded capuchins or white-faced capuchins.

David Attenborough's entertaining romp through the world of monkeys has a serious side: for when we look at monkeys, we can see ourselves. From memory to morality, from 'crying wolf' to politics, monkeys are our basic blueprint.

Pygmy marmosets 'farm' tree sap; bearded capuchins in Brazil develop a production line for extracting palm nuts; white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica tenderly nurse the victims of battle; and in the Ethiopian highlands, a deposed gelada baboon has got the blues.

Cheating, lying and bare-faced murder are all there too. These revelations of simian science, combined with captivating photography, make this film about monkey business our business.

50 minutes

Last on

Wed 11 Sep 2019 00:15


Role Contributor
Narrator David Attenborough
Producer Tim Martin
Writer Mark Fletcher


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  • Wed 11 Sep 2019 00:15

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