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Family Matters In Monkey Business

Nature Primates

Family is everything for primates. Meet devoted monkeys’ uncles, playmate apes and tender troops.

8pm Thursday NATURE - PRIMATES: FAMILY MATTERS - Documentary - The importance of family to primates.

Get to know the many species of primates, from the popular chimpanzee and gorilla, to the more obscure species like the snub-nosed monkey, the slow loris, the tarsier and much more.

Nature Primates

In Family Matters - Family and social living are the key to primate success. In fact, family is everything for primates. They have the most complex social lives of any animal group on the planet. They share knowledge, forge alliances and protect each other.

Meet devoted monkeys’ uncles, playmate apes and tender troops. Dusky leaf monkeys compete to babysit a bright orange infant and rally to defend him from a python. Gibbons learn treetop acrobatics with their playmates. In Sri Lanka, a single gray slender loris mother takes care of her twins— the most intimate video ever captured of the species. In the Amazon, an elder female spider monkey leads her troop to a unique food resource. See the first moving images of a Tapanuli orangutan mother and her infant, discovered to be a new species in 2017.

9pm ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY - A Ken Burns Documentary - An in-depth look into the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.


This seven-part series follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear.

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A frail, asthmatic young Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a champion of the strenuous life, loses one great love and finds another, leads men into battle and then rises like a rocket to become the youngest president in American history at 42. Meanwhile, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, brought up as the pampered only child of adoring parents, follows his older cousin’s career with fascination.