James Walton

Monkey business | 15 November 2018

Plus: the master diplomats of the foreign office deliver a masterly lesson in not telling us very much in Inside the Foreign Office

The opening episode of BBC1’s Dynasties — the new Attenborough-fronted series from the Natural History Unit — introduced us to ‘a territory ruled by a strong and determined leader: an alpha male known as David’. Despite what you might think, though, this wasn’t a reference to the Natural History Unit itself, but to a troop of chimps in Senegal, whose power struggles unfolded on Sunday in an almost Shakespearean way.

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