Deadly (UK TV series)
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Deadly... is a strand of British wildlife documentary programming aimed principally at children and young people, which is broadcast on CBBC on BBC One and Two and on the CBBC Channel. It is presented by Steve Backshall, with Naomi Wilkinson as co-host on Live 'n Deadly, and Barney Harwood as co-host on Natural Born Hunters. The strand began with a single series known as Deadly 60, and has subsequently expanded into a number of spin-offs, re-edits and follow-up versions.
- 1 Deadly 60
- 2 Spin-off series
- 3 Deadly 60 Games
- 4 External links
Two series of the main programme have been produced as of 2011. Series one and two had 26 episodes and in total there were 52 episodes. Series 3 is being broadcast on CBBC every weekday at 7:45.
Each series sees Backshall and his camera crew (who are often themselves seen on screen) travelling the world in an attempt to find the 60 "most deadly" animals in the world. Each episode of the series features several animals and each sequence sees Backshall tracking the animal in its habitat, and giving details of what makes the animal notable, with particular emphasis on its impact on the wider ecosystem and the manner of its predatory behaviour; thus, why it is "deadly". With two series so far produced, 120 animals have to date been featured in the programme . When series 3 is over there will be 180 animals on the list.
Deadly 60 episodes
Series 1 (2009)
1. South Africa 1 The first episode looks at South Africa. Steve Backshall looks at hippopotamuses, meeting a very special hippo called Jessica before kayaking to look for more hippos. He gets trapped by two hippos in a river but his crew manages to save him. Next he goes to a Reptile Park to see Rock Pythons, Black Mambas and Rinkhals and chooses one for his list (the black mamba). Next Steve looks for invertebrates such as Baboon Spiders and African Rock Scorpions. He then finds the Fat-Tailed Scorpion and puts that on the Deadly 60. Featured animals:Hippopotamus,Rock python, Black Mamba, Rinkhals, Baboon spider,African Rock Scorpion, Fat-tailed scorpion
2. South Africa 2 Steve continues exploring South Africa and goes to an animal sanctuary and looks at African fish eagles. One called Bonno which lives in captivity goes fishing for plastic fish. After Steve watches this he tries his own hand at fishing and massively fails. Steve puts the African fish eagle on the Deadly 60. As Steve starts leaving he picks up the local newspaper and reads about a girl getting attacked by a Nile Crocodile in her swimming pool. Steve decides to look at them close up and see if they can make the Deadly 60. Next he sneaks up on impala, giraffe and wildebeest and tries to see if he can match their ability to stalk and catch prey but fails. He wants to see if the African hunting dogs are better. He goes in a plane searching for some dogs but doesn't find any. He puts them on the Deadly 60 anyway. Featured animals: African Fish Eagle, Golden Orb Weaver, Nile Crocodile, African Hunting Dog,
3. South Africa 3 This is the last visit to South Africa of the season. Steve plans to look for great white sharks, and after a decision to head inland because of bad weather that would potentially frustrate his plans, and Steve goes inland and after walking with a honey badger called Buster he gets friendly with Buster and gets attacked (sort of), and after calling it fearless, puts it on the Deadly 60, then checks out a wildlife sanctuary where a meerkat bites him, a springbok runs at him with its horns extended out in front and then he meets a bat-eared fox, which he calls to cute to make the Deadly 60 and then he meets a caracal. He says these are great predators and after getting close to one and strokes it, being very careful as of his luck with the other animals, but the caracal attacks him anyway and Steve decides caracals deserve to be on the Deadly 60. Next he decides not to go out to look for sharks just yet, and looks at stingrays instead, close relatives of sharks. He feeds some off the coast of Cape Town, and explains that because they killed Steve Irwin, the last man who would want stingrays hated because of what happened to him, they won't be going on the Deadly 60, and instead after a while goes out on a boat looking for sharks. He goes shark-feeding with shark bait and sees one, but decides not to get wet with one. However, great white sharks manage to go on the Deadly 60. Featured animals: Honey Badger, Meerkat, Springbok, Bat-Eared Fox, Caracal, Great White Shark
4. Australia Steve goes to Western Australia to look for deadly animals. He starts on the outskirts of Perth and a local helps him search for tiger snakes. The local finds a large skink, but they have not found tiger snakes. They go to a local park and find eight tiger snakes. He then shows a reconstruction of a man dying of a tiger snake bite, Steve catches one. He says they are more venomous than cobras, but they look like cobras; they have a hood and are possibly very close to cobras. The tiger snake then is put on the Deadly 60. Next Steve goes out to sea to catch fish hunters and looks at Australian sea lions and pelicans, the latter going on the Deadly 60. Next Steve looks at bottlenose dolphins which have bigger brains than humans and Steve discovers they are good predators definitely going on the Deadly 60.
Featured animals: Skink, Tiger Snake, Australian Sea Lion, Pelican, Bottlenose Dolphin
5. Australia Steve travels to Queensland, Australia and starts by flying over the suffer canes and then shows cane toads, but doesn't put them on the Deadly 60. Featured Animals: Cane Toad, Paralysis tick, Spectacled Flying Fox, Stinging Nettle, Catsnake, Forest Bearded Dragon, Lace Monitor, Redback spider,
10. Borneo 1 Steve goes to Borneo, and to start looks for animals in the Gomantong Cave System. Featured Animals: Wrinkle-lipped Bat, Cockroach, Scutigera Centipede, Reticulated Python
11. Borneo 2 Steve goes to the Bornean sea and looks for deadly animals. Featured Animals: Crocodilefish, Frogfish, Lionfish, Mantis Shrimp, Chevron Barracuda
12. United Kingdom 1 Steve goes back home to the UK, and this time looks at the deadliest animals his home has to offer.First is a battle in Wales. Featured Animals: Gannet, Sand Lizard, Common Lizard, Grass Snake, Slow Worm,Smooth Snake, Adder, Giant Hornet, Goshawk
13. United Kingdom 2 This episode continues the search for deadly animals in the United Kingdom. Featured Animals: Common Otter,Great Raft Spider, Peregrine Falcon
14. Alaska Steve goes to Alaska to look at deadly animals. Featured Animals: Arctic Fox, Wolverine, Polar Bear, Bald Eagle, Salmon, Brown Bear
15. Arizona Steve heads to the Arizonan desert. Featured Animals: Owl, Harris Hawk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Gila Monster, Tiger Rattlesnake
16. Louisiana Steve goes to Louisiana's swamp and looks at many deadly animals. Featured Animals: Catfish, Alligator Gar, Red Soldier Ant, Cottonmouth, Armadillo, American Alligator, Alligator Snapping Turtle
19. Brazil 2 Steve goes to the Brazilian flooded forests to find the deadliest animals there. Featured Animals: Fer de Lance, Red-Bellied Piranha, Giant Candiru, Pink River Dolphin
20. Brazil 3 Steve finishes his journey by looking for the last two Deadly 60 animals. Featured Animals: Whip Spider, Goliath birdeater, Vampire Bat, Fresh Water Crab, Poison Dart Frog, Army Ant
21. Killers Steve shows us the handful of Deadly 60 animals which would kill a human.
22. Weapons Steve looks at the animals on the Deadly 60 and their weapons.
23. Unseen Steve Backshall shows all the deadly animals he just didn't put on the Deadly 60. animals
24. Behind the Scenes Steve shows the viewers who tune in how his favourite animal encounters were made.
25. The Making of South America and Alaska Steve shows how the crew filmed the Brazil episodes and the Alaska episode.
26. Endangered Steve meets all the endangered Deadly 60 animals.
Series 2 (2010)
1. Baja California, Mexico Steve Backshall meets the deadly animals in Baja California, Mexico to start his new Deadly 60. Featured Animals: Humboldt Squid, Tarantula, Tarantula Hawk wasp, Rattlesnake
11. Madagascar Steve visits Madagascar to view the Deadly Animals there. Featured Animals: Fossa, Sicada, Chamelion, Leaf-Tailed Gecko, Aye-Aye
12. Uganda Here Steve shows people how deadly primates can be. Featured Animals: Gorilla, Baboon, Chimpanzee, Giant Earthworm
13. Thailand In Thailand Steve tries to find the Deadliest animals it has to offer. Featured Animals: King Cobra, Cloaded Leopard, Tokay Gecko
14. Philippines 1 Steve continues his adventure for the Deadly 60 in the Philippines. Featured Animals: Water Monitor, Tarantula, Whip Spider, Pangolin, Mangrove Catsnake
15. Philippines 2 Steve continues his studies in the Philippines. Featured Animals: Thresher Shark, Yellow-bellied Sea Krait, Tarsier
16. Dogs and Wolves, Norway, UK and Romania In this episode Steve focuses on dogs. Featured Animals: Alaskan Husky, Rottweiler rescue dog, German Shepherd police dog, Grey Wolf, Brown Bear, He also visits Norway.
17. Norway Steve goes to the frozen north of Norway to see what deadly animals there are in its polar region. Featured Animals: Arctic Fox, Lemming, Musk Ox, Lynx, Roe Deer
18. United Kingdom (UK) Steve sees what deadly animals his home land has to offer. Featured Animals: Pike, White-Tailed Sea Eagle, Crab Spider, Orb Weaver
21. Making Of (Special) Steve and the gang show how the TV show was made.
22. Tracks and Signs (Special) Steve tells how we can track animals using tracks and signs.
23. Inside Deadly 60 (Special) Steve focuses on showing viewers how animals survive by looking under the skin.
24. Unseen (Special) Steve shows the animals he did not have time to show us.White lady Spider, Spoor Spider (cameo), Armored ground cricket, African hunting dog, millipede, scorpion, Vervet monkey, Tarsier, Stork-billed kingfisher, Shame-faced crab, Velvet ant and Scolopendrium centipede
25. Venom (Special) Steve tells us about venom, how it works and how to cure it.
26. Endangered (Special) Steve shows the endangered Deadly animals.
Series 3 (2012)
Aired every weekday morning 7:45 am and every weekday afternoon 4:30 pm (repeat of morning episode) every weekday for the week commencing 26 March 2012 (Monday – last school week).
1. Indonesia: Steve takes the Deadly 60 team to Indonesia where they meet the Komodo Dragon.
2. Ethiopia: Steve travels to Ethiopia to find the Gelada Baboons however first he has an experience of a life time, feeding wild hyenas in a medieval city with a local man. The hyenas have become used to this feeding after hundreds of years. He then travels into the mountains to find the Geladas but accidentally runs into the extremely rare Ethiopian Wolf along the way.
3. United Kingdom: Steve is on his home turf, scouring land, sea and air, for some of the deadliest critters that the UK has to offer. First, he heads for the seas off the coast of Plymouth, in search of monsters from the deep. And he's not disappointed! In the bowels of a wreck he comes face to face with a giant conger eel, one of the most feared predators in the ocean. Back on land he meets a double deadly killer, the dragonfly. As adults they are amazing aerial assassins, but they lead a double life. Finally, he takes a look at the kestrel, the world champion in hovering.
5. South Africa 1
6. Mexico 1
7. Australia 1
8. New Zealand
9. South Africa 2
10. Australia 2
11. South America 1
13. Mexico 2
15. South America 2
16. Sri Lanka 1
17. Sri Lanka 2
18. Southern States
21. Killer Shots
23. Super Powers
25. Self Defence
Live 'n Deadly
Live 'n Deadly is a spin-off series to Deadly 60, with 10 live shows and 3 non-live Specials. This series is a live magazine program hosted by Steve Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson, which features a range of magazine content, features and games relating to animals and wildlife, and also uses its live broadcast to encourage interactivity with the viewing audience. The program was a touring series, with episodes filmed live on location from areas around the UK.
The first series of Live 'n Deadly aired on BBC Two (simulcast with CBBC Channel) on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am in between September and December 2010. In addition to the live Saturday show, a public roadshow event was also held the following day in the general area that the program had visited that week (though never in exactly the same location). These roadshows were run by BBC Learning and featured a number of hands-on wildlife-related activities for children and families, and footage from the roadshow events was broadcast the following Saturday as part of the following live programme.
Series 2 of Live 'n' Deadly is currently on air between September and December 2011.
Deadly 60 Bites
This is a series of short filler programmes consisting of individual animals' segments of Deadly 60 cut down into a 5 to 10 minute standalone segment; this is often used as a filler between programmes on the CBBC channel.
In 2011 a spin-off show was broadcast called Deadly Art, which airs as a short filler programme on weekdays.
Deadly Art Episodes
Series 3 is airing May 2012.
- Alligator Snapping Turtle
- Saltwater Crocodile
- Brown Bear
- African Killer Bees
- African Fish Eagle
- King Cobra
- Mountain Gorilla
- Ghost Bat
- Red Back Spider
- Praying Mantis
- Peregrine Falcon
- Giant Cuttlefish
- The Final Selection
- Goliath birdeater
- Tokay Gecko
- Aye Aye
- Scutigera Centipede
- Wrinkle-lipped Bats
- Black Eagle
- Nile Crocodile
- Pit Viper
- Reticulated Python
- Giant Anteater
- Black Tip Shark
- African Hunting Dog
- Monitor Lizard
- Giant Octopus
- Crown of Thorns Starfish
- Banded Sand Snake
- Golden Eagle
- Tiger Shark
- Harpy Eagle
- Wolf Eel
- Poison Dart Frog
- Spoor Spider
- Pink River Dolphin
- Burrowing Owl
- Arctic Fox
- Vervet monkey
- Musk Ox
- Army Ant
- Clouded Leopard
- Hammerhead Shark
- Killer Whale
- The Deadly Art Gallery
Deadly Top 10s
The CBBC Channel has started airing 'Steve Backshall's Deadly Top 10s', which essentially is a clip show featuring a collection of material previously seen in Deadly 60.
Series 1 (2009)
2. Lethal Weapons: 10. African Fish Eagle, 9.African Elephant, 8. Queen Snake, 7. Aye-Aye, 6. Bullet Ant, 5. Venus Fly Trap, 4. Great Grey Owl, 3. Reticulated Python, 2. Grizzly Bear, 1. Praying Mantis
3. Killer Tactics: 10. Harris Hawk, 9. African Hunting Dog, 8. Leaf-Tailed Gecko, 7. Garter Snake, 6. Chimpanzee, 5. Stoat, 4. Gladiator Spider, 3. Alligator Snapping Turtle, 2. Leopard, 1. Humpback Whale
Series 2 (2010)
- Defenders: 10. Goliath Bird-Eating Spider 9. Adder 8. Mountain Gorilla 7. Porcupine 6. Moth Butterfly Caterpillar 5. Cassowary 4. Jack Jumping Ant 3. Buffalo 2. Rinkhals Spitting Cobra 1. Bombardier Beetle
- Super-Senses: 10. Giant Anteater 9. Pink River Dolphin 8. Raccoon 7. Duck Billed Platypus 6.Vampire Bat 5. Banded Sand Snake 4. Bat Eared Fox 3. Tarsier 2. Nile Crocodile 1. Giant Cuttlefish
- Extreme: 10. Snow Leopard. 9. Thorny Devil. 8. Pitcher Plant. 7. Lungfish. 6. Fungus Gnat Glow Worm. 5. Arctic Fox. 4. Spoor Spider. 3. Emperor Penguin. 2. Sperm Whale. 1. Wood Frog
- Mass Attacks: 10. Blacktip Shark. 9. Blue Footed Booby. 8. Coati. 7. Spotted Hyena. 6. Locust. 5. South American Sociable Spiders. 4. Grey Wolf. 3. Honey Bee. 2. Bottlenose Dolphin. 1. Army Ant
- Airborne: 10. Pied Kinfisher. 9. Robber Flies. 8. Draco Lizard. 7. Himalayan Jumping Spider.6.Magnificent Frigate Bird
.5.Goshawk.4.Tarantula Hawk Wasp-3.Natterers Bat.2.Lammergier.1.Kestrel
Deadly 60 on a Mission
In 2011, a compilation series called Deadly 60 on a Mission began airing on Sunday evenings on BBC One; this took the place of Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry in the BBC One schedule, and, like the Horrible Histories spinoff, was designed to utilise content from the associated CBBC programme in a family-aimed mid-evening slot. As with Deadly Top 10s, much of the material in this strand had previously appeared in the main Deadly 60 series.
A studio-based format show mixing BBC natural history archive displayed in 'Minority Report' style, presented again by Steve Backshall. The show was broadcast on CBBC between September and December 2011.
Deadly 360 Episodes
- 1. Birds of Prey
- Peregrine Falcon and Pigeon (Winner: Pigeon)
- Golden Eagle and Hare (Winner: Golden Eagle)
- Osprey and Flounder (Winner: Osprey)
- 2. Dogs
- Grey Wolf and Elk (Winner: Grey Wolf)
- Ethiopian Wolf and Giant Mole Rat (Winner: Ethiopian Wolf)
- African Wild Dog and Impala (Winner: Impala)
- 3. Sharks and Rays
- Tiger Shark and Albatross (Winner: Albatross)
- Torpedo Ray and Reef Fish (Winner: Torpedo Ray)
- Great White Shark and Seal (Winner: Great White Shark)
- 4. Wasps and Spiders
- Spoor Spider and Dune Ant (Winner: Spoor Spider)
- Japanese Giant Hornet and Honey Bee (Winner: Japanese Giant Hornet)
- Black Spider Wasp and Golden Wheeling Spider (Winner: Golden Wheeling Spider)
- 5. Crocodiles
- Nile Crocodile and Wildebeest (Winner: Wildebeest)
- Black Caiman and Piranha (Winner: Black Caiman)
- Saltwater Crocodile and Fruit Bat (Winner: Saltwater Crocodile)
- 6. Bears
- Polar Bear and Ringed Seal (Winner: Ringed Seal)
- Sloth Bear and Termite (Winner: Termite)
- Grizzly Bear and Pacific Salmon (Winner: Grizzly Bear)
- 7. Whales and Dolphins
- Dolphin and Sardine (Winner: Sardine)
- Killer Whale and Steller Sea Lion (Winner: Killer Whale)
- Humpback Whale and Herring (Winner: Humpback Whale)
- 8. Aerial Assasains
- Emporer Dragonfly and Damselfly (Winner: Emperor Dragonfly)
- Daubenton's Bat and Yellow Underwing Moth (Winner: Yellow Underwing Moth)
- Kestrel and Field Vole (Winner: Kestrel)
- 9. Snakes
- Puff Adder and Striped Mouse (Winner: Puff Adder)
- African Rock Python and Springbok (Winner: Arican Rock Python)
- Banded Sand Snake and Scorpion (Winner: Banded Sand Snake)
- 10. Arboreal Hunters
- Fossa and Sifaka Lemur (Winner: Sifaka Lemur)
- Leopard and Yellow Baboon (Winner: Leopard)
- Chimpanzee and Colobus Monkey (Winner: Chimpanzee)
- 11. Lizards
- Jackson's Chameleon and Praying Mantis (Winner: Jackson's Chameleon)
- Komodo Dragon and Water Buffalo (Winner: Komodo Dragon)
- Tokay Gecko and Moth (Winner: Tokay Gecko)
- 12. Cephalopods
- Octopus and Crab (Winner: Octopus)
- Humboldt Squid and Fish (Winner: Tie)
- Cuttlefish and Shrimp (Winner: Cuttlefish)
- 13. Cats
- Cheetah and Thompson's Gazelle (Winner: Cheetah)
- Tiger and Chital Deer (Winner: Chital Deer)
- Lion and Zebra (Winner: Lion)
- 1. Frogs and Toads
- Red Eyed Tree Frog and Dragonfly (Winner: Red Eyed Tree Frog)
- Cane Toad and Cricket (Winner: Cane Toad)
- Goliath Frog and Sea Turtle (Winner: Sea Turtle)
- 2. Owls
- Striped Owl and Marsh Rice Rat (Winner: Marsh Rice Rat)
- Great Horned Owl and Great Blue Heron (Winner: Great Blue Heron)
- Snowy Owl and Snowshore Hare (Winner: Snowy Owl)
- 3. Flightless Birds
- Emperor Penguin and Mackerel (Winner: Tie)
- Kiwi and Worm (Winner: Kiwi)
- Southern Cassowary and Brown Rat (Winner: Southern Cassowary)
- 4. Crustaceans
- Hermit Crab and Snail (Winner: Hermit Crab)
- Red Clawed Crab and Dwarf African Frog (Winner: Red Clawed Crab)
- Californian Spiny Lobster and Sea Urchin (Winner: Sea Urchin)
- 5. Fish
- Piranha and Capybara (Winner: Piranha)
- Whale Shark and Fish (Winner: Fish)
- Conger Eel and Octopus (Winner: Conger Eel)
- 6. Mountain Hunters
- Cougar and Mule deer (Winner: Mule deer)
- Wolverine and Porcupine (Winner: Wolverine)
- Red Fox and Vole (Winner: Vole)
Natural Born Hunters
A series in which Steve Backshall and Barney Harwood narrate various clips (mostly from Deadly 60) about predators and how they hunt. This series could be considered a combination between the 'Deadly' series and the 'Barney's...' series
Deadly 60 Games
Several Deadly 60 Flash games have also been produced for CBBC. Deadly Dash (released September 2010) was one of the most popular games on the channel that year. Deadly Planet & Deadly Scramble were subsequently released in September 2012 to coincide with series 2 of Live 'n' Deadly.
- CBBC Deadly 60
- CBBC Live 'n' Deadly
- CBBC Deadly 360
- NatGeo Wild Deadly 60
- Amazon book
- CBBC Deadly Planet Game
- CBBC Deadly Scramble Game
- CBBC Deadly Dash Game