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The Hidden Kingdoms of China - National Geographic Wild

A giant panda and cub
(Image credit: Alamy Stock Photo)

The Hidden Kingdoms of China is a breathtaking look at the natural world in this huge and massively varied country

We may have been spoilt by David Attenborough’s breathtaking wildlife shows, but very occasionally another will come along to equal it (Sunday, 6pm, see our TV Guide for full details).

A predatory bird

It's not all pandas and bamboo in China

In the first of this five-part series looking at China’s natural world, time-lapse photography captures China’s most prolific plant, the bamboo, a symbol of Oriental beauty.

There are 500 types of bamboo and numerous animals depend on it, including the giant panda.

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The panda feeds on 60 of the most nutritious types and needs 90lbs of it daily.

To see the panda in its natural habitat is a rare treat and the footage of a mother and her cub, grazing, grooming and growing, ramps up the cute factor to 10.

TV Times rating: ****

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As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.