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Chris Packham explores what makes animal groups successful. He looks at how the penguin's legs, wings and body shape have allowed it to adapt to a range of environments.

At first sight, penguins seem ill-suited to their environment - rotund abdomens, stubby little legs and stiff wings appear to make the going tough. But in fact it is these very traits that enable this bird to thrive.

Chris explores details of the penguin's anatomy, using new scientific research to reveal how its legs, wings and body shape have allowed it to conquer an extraordinary range of habitats, from deep forests to tropical waters, bustling cities and even the toughest place on the planet - Antarctica.

29 minutes

Last on

Sat 28 Sep 2019 11:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Phoenix


  • Four Tet

    Glue of the World

  • London Grammar

    Hey Now

  • Foals

    Electric Bloom

  • Bastille

    Get Home

  • London Grammar

    Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me Now

  • The Irrepressibles

    New World

  • Sam Smith

    Stay With Me

  • Bibio

    Lovers' Carvings

  • Message to Bears

    Everything Was Covered in Snow

  • 00:05




Role Contributor
Presenter Chris Packham
Executive Producer Jonny Keeling
Producer Lara Bickerton
Series Producer Aaron Paul
Director Aaron Paul


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