Tuesday November 25
Tonight’s Natural World (8:00, BBC2)
'Cheeky Monkey' is David Attenborough's entertaining romp through the world of “the cheeky monkey.” When humans look at monkeys we can, if we look hard enough, see ourselves. From memory to morality, from 'crying wolf' to politics, monkeys are our basic behavioural blueprint. Thus, in tonight's show we get a glimpse of pygmy marmosets 'farm' tree sap; bearded capuchins in Brazil developing a form of a production line for extracting nuts; other capuchins in Costa Rica tenderly nursing the victims of a battle and, in the Ethiopian highlands, a refugee baboon has got the blues. Baby. If he starts singing “woke up this morning,” I’ll be impressed. I think, on reflection, my favourite monkey has to be Peter Tork.
By Keith Topping