I don’t even really know what to say about The Hunt. It’s just brilliant.
If you aren’t watching it (WHY?), it’s the latest David Attenborough nature documentary on the BBC. Each episode is filmed in a different part of the world, following the experiences of both prey and predator. This week was based in the Arctic, tracking the plights of polar bears and Arctic wolves on the hunt for food in ever-changing conditions. It’s essentially a programme on animal behaviour; about the strategies the predators carry out to catch their next meal, and the steps the prey take to avoid being caught.
It’s also heart-warming, tragic, funny, tense, informative, sweet and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Often in the span of about five minutes. If a fictional programme had all of those things it would be considered one of the greatest of all time. But instead, it’s just par for the course for a BBC Attenborough documentary.
Oh, also, we got to follow the efforts of a fox trying to catch an Arctic skua, an almost penguin-like bird. Aggressively defensive of their young, the skua fought back, and in what Attenborough coined a “dirty trick”, tried to take a sh*t on the fox’s head. I kid you not. I never thought I’d yell in excitement of a bird taking a dump, but here I am, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
There’s not really much more I can say about it. Attenborough is a treasure, the show is wonderful, and if you have to spend an hour a week watching anything, it should be this. It’s an absolute delight.
The Hunt Rating: ONE HUNDRED STARS
The Hunt is on at 9pm on Sunday’s on BBC One. Previous episodes are available on the BBC iPlayer.