Fourth [and alas, final] series of Meerkat Manor. A nature documentary where the makers filmed the lives of a group of Meerkates in the Kalahari desert. All were given names. This, plus delightfully sardonic narration from Bill Nighy coupled with the individual behaviour of certain of the tribe, gives the whole thing the air of a soap opera. And each Meerkat does come over as quite a character in their own right.
This being the fourth series there's a bit of backstory but new viewers should be able to get into it easily enough.
Although Meerkats look cute they will often kill pups belonging to rivals, and some do come to grief, so the show isn't perhaps suitable for the young to watch on their own. And they do have the occasional run in with Snakes. On a fair few occaions this season as well. So anyone with a phobia of those reptiles might be averting their gaze at points.
Each episode does give a brief reprise of the events of the first half of the episode in the middle - this presumably being the point where a commerical break would be if it was on tv rather than dvd - but you do get used to that.
All thirteen twenty five minute long episodes of the season are here, spread over four discs.
There are no subtitles.
And the only language is English.
This does keep the slightly awkward menu design of previous seasons in that to get to an individual episode you have to bring up the first one on the disc then move the pointer down a few rows and highlight an arrow in order to get to the next one. But it does allow you to play all the episodes on the disc in a row, and give direct scene access also. And the bulky packaging of years two nad three has gone. This one is in a much more compact box akin to the first season.
Season three ended with some of the Whiskers forming a new group that the programme makers christen the Aztecs. With them, the Whiskers, and other group the Commandos all fighting for territory, there's more of a soap opera feel than ever before. Particularly because loyalties do change on a fair few occasions, with some surprising movement between groups at times.
The narration does come up with one absolutely glorious pun in an early episode.
And the final episode is an absolute roller coaster ride of emotion, keeping you on tenterhooks throughout to see if things will work out for the Whiskers as they face a very tricky day.
This final part does end with the promise of much more drama ahead. But alas, this is the end of the show. So you will never know what happened next. It is, though, a fine box set, and a great final season of a great show.