Review: Monkey Planet

Monkey Planet


The BBC have gone all natural into the wilderness for a new three part exploration series. Focusing on Monkey’s in all forms and varieties, Dr. George McGavin investigates the culture involved with the furry friends holding a level of humanity within. Watching how these species reflect some of the most humane aspects of lifestyle is impressive by all means.

With the clever and artistic Orang-utan’s,  clever hearing from the astute Tarsier monkey, resilient Japanese Macaque’s and the provider in the Chacma Baboon leading the charge, the show is full of  primate pleasure.

Toasting Marshmallows

Toasting Marshmallows

With their manly features often angry, square faces and human eyes filled with a glaring soul, one thought was clear. Everyone is trying to keep their own place of calm amid unknown threats to their very existence.

The monkey’s don’t often get much acknowledgement, much like humans and often prance around in such similar behaviour. When proving to be King of the Jungle, a standoff takes place. This standoff proves that man can withdraw without having to battle in an amicable sense without either being weak to own their own territory.

The production team must also be rewarded for stunning beauty of scenery, naturistic shots and Dr. George’s reporting.  With some added wit from George “Look! We share a similar face!” highlighted a great interaction with our natural counterparts.


The most clever species on offer where the Orang-utans. Not ‘tangs, to clarify. Over in Borneo, where a decrease in the caring creatures occurs, this series saw boat sailors, washing with soap, drinking from cups and the journalist within writing with pens.

Whilst it could seem humourous at first, the level of unique likelihood is extraordinary and a joy to see. Now isn’t it a shame that man wants to remove all talented people from its natural habitat for commercial gain or ruin.

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Though giving us a little further insight into the amazing world of humane species, maybe we can all find a little something to focus on ourselves and figure we aren’t so different from the animal kingdom, simply trying to survive. If we all allowed people to live their own lives just a little more as they would like without such prejudice or invasion upon them, we can all achieve something more that we consider our own peaceful space. But will man ever allow such a thing? Could we at least not try?

This thought provoking series has been a great show to watch. If more types of programmers were available to really interest common folk that the disastrous reality TV fails at, maybe the audience would be likely to generate newer thinking, Then this could also guide younger generations to a more stable lifestyle involved with culture and beyond as many high above men claim should be the way. The only problem, is it costs money.

Here’s a couple of extra pics of the crew doing a good job.


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