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David Tennant narrates Penguins - Spy In The Huddle

David Tennant narrates Penguins - Spy In The Huddle

David Tennant narrated this three part nature documentary which used state of the art camera techniques to film penguins in their natural enviroment.

The programme was shown on Monday evenings on BBC One at 9pm starting on Monday 11th February 2013.

Synopsis of episode one - The Journey.

Synopsis of episode two - First Steps.

Synopsis of episode three - Growing Up.

The series was produced by John Downer Productions (who made Earthflight) and they filmed 1,000 hours over 300 consecutive days in Antarctica and Peru.

The series will be released on DVD on Monday 8th April 2013.

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2014
Penguins - Spy In The Huddle, narrated by David Tennant, has won the Nat Geo Wild Popular Broadcast Award. Updated 24/10

PBS are streaming Penguins: Spy In The Huddle on their website and it plays worldwide. Updated 25/9

David Tennant's original narration of Penguins: Spy In The Huddle has its US premiere broadcast tonight on PBS. Updated 24/9

Penguins: Spy In The Huddle to be broadcast on PBS in the US in September with David Tennant narration. Updated 13/8

Tonight at the National Television Awards:
Unfortunately Penguins - Spy In The Huddle did not win the Documentary Series Award as Educating Yorkshire won.
Matt Smith won the Best Drama Performance Award (for Doctor Who). Steven Moffat described David Tennant as 'incredible' as he was talking about Matt Smith taking over from David in Doctor Who when accepting the award on Matt's behalf. A video of it has been posted to YouTube.
Unfortunately David Tennant or Olivia Colman didn't win Best Detective Award for Broadchurch as Benedict Cumberbatch did. However Benedict Cumberbatch mentioned both David Tennant and Olivia Colman briefly as other nominees in his acceptance speech.
Doctor Who (and not Broadchurch) won the Drama Award. A clip of David Tennant was shown from The Day Of The Doctor.
David Tennant did not attend as he was on stage in Richard II at the time. Updated 22/1

John Downer Productions have posted what they call 'The most emotional clip we've ever filmed from Penguins - Spy In The Huddle to YouTube. Updated 21/1

David Tennant, Broadchurch, Doctor Who and Penguins - Spy In The Pod are all nominated in final round of voting for National Television Awards.
David Tennant has been nominated for the newly created TV Detective Award.
Broadchurch and Doctor Who have both been nominated for the Drama Award.
Penguins - Spy In The Huddle has been nominated for the Documentary Series Award.
Full details and the voting link are here. Updated 7/1

Three David Tennant narrated nature documentaries are now available on iTunes in the US. The series are Swarm, Polar Bears: Spy On The Ice and Penguins Spy In The Huddle. Updated 6/1

November 2013
The David Tennant narrated versions of both Polar Bear and Penguins series will be available to download in the US from Sunday 24th November. Both series were previously dubbed for American audiences. Updated 22/11

September 2013
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle is on Channel Ten tonight at 6.30pm in Australia. Updated 28/9

Penguins Spy in the Huddle has won Best Original Music Score and Earthflight won the Special Consideration Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Updated 27/9

Penguins Spy In The Huddle is the top pick for next Saturday by The Age in Australia. Updated 22/9

Penguins - Spy In The Huddle is a Sydney Morning Herald Critic's Choice today as it is starting to be shown in Australia. Updated 21/9

Voting for the National Television Awards has opened.
Both Broadchurch and Doctor Who have been nominated for the Best Drama Award and David Tennant has been nominted for the Best TV Detective Award for DI Hardy in Broadchurch.
Also Penguins - Spy In The Huddle has been nominated for the Best Documentary Award. Updated 17/9


July 2013
Two of David Tennant's projects have been shortlisted for Grierson Awards:
David Tennant on Hamlet (Shakespeare Uncovered) has been shortlisted for the Best Arts Documentary Award.
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle: The Journey has been shortlisted for the Best Science or Natural History Documentary Award. Updated 30/7


June 2013
Tonight Penguins Spy In The Huddle starts broadcasting at 8.30pm on TVOne in New Zealand. Updated 18/6

Penguins Spy In The Huddle is the Top TV Pick Of The Week in the New Zealand Herald. The series starts broadcasting on Tuesday at 8.30pm on TVOne. Updated 13/6


April 2013
The David Tennant narrated Penguins - Spy In The Huddle is released on DVD in the UK today. Updated 8/4


March 2013
The DVD of Penguins Spy In The Huddle can be purchased from today on the Acorn Media website to be dispatched immediately. In other places the DVD will not be released until Monday 8th April. Updated 25/3

The consolidated final figure of episode 2 of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle was that it received 8.5 million viewers. This includes the Sunday repeat but not BBC iPlayer. Updated 6/3

A compilation video titled 'Penguin Fail - Tough life being a penguin' has been posted to YouTube. Updated 1/3



February 2013
TV Choice's Letter Of The Week praises both Penguins - Spy In The Huddle and David Tennant. Updated 27/2

The consolidated figures of episode one of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle was that it received 8.7 million viewers. This figures includes the Sunday repeat but not iPlayer. Updated 26/2

Review by The Cardiffian of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 26/2

The final episode of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle last night received 3.92 million viewers (which was a 16.3% share of those watching television at that time) which unfortunately was less viewers than the previous two episodes. Updated 26/2

Worldwide link to download third and final part of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 26/2

iPlayer link (UK only) to download third and final part of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 26/2

The Mirror has printed a preview of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle tonight. Updated 25/2

Episode three of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle premieres on BBC One tonight at 9pm. A synopsis of this episode is here. Updated 25/2

The Radio Times has reviewed the final part of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 23/2

Another new Penguins - Spy In The Huddle video has been posted to YouTube. This one is titled 'Rockhopper chicks hop around the rock.' Updated 23/2


A new David Tennant narrated Penguins - Spy In The Huddle video has been posted to YouTube. This one is titled 'Emperor chicks get their skates on.' Updated 23/2


Penguins - Spy In The Huddle was the fourth most watched programme of last week for people between the ages of 18 and 49 as it received 6.5 million viewers between the two broadcasts. Updated 20/2

A worldwide link to watch episode 2 of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 19/2

Last night the second episode of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle received 4.9 million viewers which was 300,000 more than last week! It was a 20% share of those people watching television at that time. Updated 19/2

The iPlayer link (UK only) to download episode two of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. The link is valid for 7 days after the series has finished. Updated 18/2

#penguins was trending again in the UK while Penguins - Spy In The Huddle was being broadcast tonight. Updated 18/2

Nearly 4 million saw the repeat of Penguins Spy In The Huddle yesterday afternoon. There was an average audience of 2.9m which rose to 3.8m by the end of the programme. (4.6m saw the original broadcast last Monday evening.) Updated 18/2

The Mirror has a review of episode two of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle with a (sad) minor spoiler. Updated 18/2

Today on the Alan Titchmarsh Show at 3pm on ITV1 John Downer will be talking about Penguins Spy in the Huddle. Updated 18/2

And another Penguins - Spy In The Huddle episode 2 preview clip has been added to YouTube. This one is titled 'Rockhoppers Shower.' Updated 18/2


A second Penguins - Spy In The Huddle episode 2 preview clip has been added to YouTube. This one is titled 'A Caracara flys off with EggCam.' Updated 18/2


Episode two of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle premieres on BBC One tonight at 9pm. A synopsis of this episode is here. It is called First Steps. Updated 18/2

The Daily Express has a review of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle which includes the phrase "David Tennant has a lovely, dry delivery when required." Updated 17/2

The Guardian has a review of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 17/2

Daily Mail has an article about the Emperor penguins' life story from Penguins - Spy In The Huddle with loads of photos. Updated 16/2

The first preview clip from the second episode of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle has been posted to YouTube. Updated 16/2


The BBC iPlayer link (UK only) for the first episode of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle, plus a worldwide link to watch or download the programme. Updated 12/2

MediaTel reports that the first episode last night of Penguins Spy In The Huddle received 4.6 million viewers (overnights) which was a 18% share of those watching television at that time. Updated 12/2

The Shropshire Star has a great review of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 12/2

The Huffington Post has a more favourable review (with photos) of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 12/2

Although Penguins - Spy In The Huddle was the third top trending topic in the UK during its broadcast, so far only one newspaper has posted a review online. Unfortunately The Guardian complains about David Tennant's narration but appears to forget that he was reading a script. Updated 12/2

The Radio Times website has an article about Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 11/2

John Downer will be interviewed today on BBC Radio Scotland at 8.15am and on Radio 5 Live at 8.55am about Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 11/2

Penguins - Spy In The Huddle is the Mirror's Mondays Must See TV. Updated 11/2

Episode one of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle premieres on BBC One at 9pm tonight. The first episode is called The Journey and a synopsis is here. Updated 11/2

The CBBC Newsround website has an item on the making of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 10/2

The Mirror has an interesting article about the making of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 9/2

A new clip from Penquins - Spy In The Huddle (which had narration by David Tennant) was shown before John Downer's interview today on BBC One Breakfast. Updated 9/2

The iPlayer link (UK only) for the BBC Points West interview yesterday with John Downer about Penquins - Spy In The Huddle. It starts at 21 minutes. Updated 9/2

On BBC Breakfast today sometime between 8.50am and 9.50am today on BBC 1 John Downer will be talking about Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 9/2

Penguins - Spy In The Huddle is one of Yahoo TV's TV highlights for this coming week. One part reads "David Tennant is a charming narrator as we learn about the Emperors in the Antarctic this week." Updated 8/2

John Downer will be interviewed on the local programme BBC Points West tonight about Penguins - Spy in the Huddle at 6.30pm on BBC 1. Updated 8/2

John Downer Productions have added two videos from Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 6/2

An Emperor Penguin lays her egg
(filmed for the first ever time)

Rockhopper Penguins Hop to the Top


The Guardian's Big Picture today is from Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 6/2

The new issue of TV Times has an interview with John Downer about Penguins - Spy in the Huddle. Updated 5/2

A new trailer from Penguins - Spy In The Huddle has been added to YouTube. The page on the John Downer Productions website has now been updated with details about the various cameras they used to make the programme. Updated 4/2


David Tennant is on the front cover of the February issue of the Radio Times Extra magazine. Inside there are short items about both Broadchurch and Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. Updated 4/2

John Downer Productions have posted a preview video of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle onto YouTube. This video is titled 'Emperor Penguins Meet PenguinCam.' Updated 2/2


The Sun also has an article today about Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. This article includes several photos and a video. Updated 2/2

The Daily Mail has a fascinating article about the making of Penguins - Spy In The Huddle. It says that 1,000 hours of penguins were filmed over 300 consecutive days. Updated 2/2


January 2013
The DVD of Penguins Spy In The Huddle will be released on Monday 8th April in the UK. This is the link to pre-order. Updated 30/1

The company who produced Earthflight, John Downer Productions, today tweeted that their new programme Penguins Spy In The Huddle will be narrated by David Tennant. It is a three part series which starts on BBC One at 9pm on Monday 11th February. Updated 30/1


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