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Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

David Attenborough is in the Swiss Jura Mountains to discover the secrets of a giant. Beneath his feet lies a vast network of tunnels and chambers, home to a huge empire of ants.

David Attenborough is in the Swiss Jura Mountains to discover the secrets of a giant. Beneath his feet lies a vast network of tunnels and chambers, home to a huge empire of ants. It is believed to be one of the largest animal societies in the world, where over a billion ants from rival colonies live in peace. Their harmonious existence breaks many of the rules for both ants and evolution, and raises some important questions. Through winter, spring and into summer, David turns detective to find the answers.

59 minutes

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  • 00:24

    Hans Zimmer, Michael Hobe

    Harvey Two-Face

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Role Contributor
Narrator David Attenborough
Writer Martin Dohrn
Writer Joe Loncraine
Director Martin Dohrn
Director Joe Loncraine
Editor Andi Campbell-Waite
Composer Fraser Purdie
Production Manager Liz Thorp
Production Manager Judith Hamberger
Executive Producer Ivo Filatsch
Production Company Terra Mater Factual Studios

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