From Planet Earth to Wild Isles, Sir David Attenborough has been the legendary voice of many documentaries about nature, science and the human experience.

But now the British broadcaster is set to be the star of BBC Studios Natural History Unit's Mammals.

Mammals are the “most successful animal group on earth,” found on every continent and in every ocean, explains the BBC.

They’ve evolved to master almost every habitat on our planet but the big question is, how?

What is Sir David Attenborough's BBC Mammals about?

Two decades after Life of Mammals, Attenborough revisits this “extraordinary” group of animals in a major new series for the BBC, titled ‘Mammals’.

“Full of new, never-before-seen behaviours, this series offers fascinating insights into the most successful animal group in the world,” adds the BBC.

“From the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale, Mammals will reveal the secrets of their success, and how their winning design, incredible adaptability, unrivalled intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise.

“By weight less than 6% of today’s mammals are wild animals and many species face extinction.

Your Local Guardian: Sir David Attenborough originally presented Life of Mammals on the BBC 20 years agoSir David Attenborough originally presented Life of Mammals on the BBC 20 years ago (Image: Victoria Jones/PA)

“As well as giving viewers an exciting new perspective on a remarkable group of animals, the series will also highlight many of the problems faced by mammals in today’s rapidly changing world.”

The six episodes will explore different environments; Dark, Cold, Heat, Water, Forest and The New Wild – an episode that explores the “ingenious” ways mammals are adapting to a world dominated by humans, “arguably the most successful mammal of all”.

Each episode will run for 60 minutes and cover a range of mammals – from the miniature tenrecs of Madagascar to the humpback whales of the Indian ocean.

Roger Webb, executive producer commented: “Being mammals ourselves, the animals featured in the series and the stories told about them are instantly relatable.

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“It’s impossible not to admire a mother capuchin monkey who’s able to provide her baby with a drink in a dry, sun baked forest or a chimpanzee father giving his family a lesson in finding honey buried underground.

“This connection to us, makes Mammals an incredibly engaging and compelling piece of television – one that will also lead us to question our role in the lives of the wild mammals we share the planet with.”

When is Sir David Attenborough's BBC Mammals on TV?

Although no specific date has been confirmed yet, we know that BBC Studios Natural History Unit's Mammals presented by Sir David Attenborough will air on BBC One and BBCiPlayer this spring.