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Penguins - Spy in the Huddle

Penguins - Spy in the Huddle is a three-part documentary series narrated by David Tennant, revealing the secret lives of penguins with the help of 50 spy cameras deployed. For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature's most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before.

Episode 1 - The Journey
Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world's stormiest seas, only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate predatory sea lions and vampire bats to reach their desert nests.

Episode 2 - First Steps
Watched by spycams, chicks are hatching out all over. Male emperors form an identity parade before handing over their newborns to the returning females. The mothers shuffle into a huddle to protect their offspring from a blizzard.

Episode 3 - Growing Up
The chicks are growing up fast and becoming increasingly independent. Emperor and rockhopper chicks are placed in a creche as their parents go fishing. The Humboldts are left in their burrows as the adults enjoy a soft landing of feathers by a beach swarming with cormorants.


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