Deadly (British TV series)

Deadly... is a strand of British wildlife documentary programming aimed principally at children and young people, which is broadcast on CBBC on BBC One and Two and on the CBBC Channel. It is presented by Steve Backshall, with Naomi Wilkinson as co-host on Live 'n Deadly, and Barney Harwood as co-host on Natural Born Hunters. The strand began with a single series known as Deadly 60, and has subsequently expanded into a number of spin-offs, re-edits and follow-up versions.

Deadly 60

As of 2012, three series in the Deadly 60 format have been produced each with 26 episodes.

Each series shows Backshall and his camera crew travelling the world in an attempt to find another 60 of the "most deadly" animals in the world. In each episode, Backshall tracks several animals in its habitat, and giving details of what makes the animal notable, with particular emphasis on its impact on the wider ecosystem and the manner of its predatory behaviour; thus, why it is "deadly".

Deadly 60 is distributed by BBC Worldwide to many other countries. Most prominently to the US on NatGeo Wild from August 2011.

Deadly 60 Series 1 (2009)

1South Africa 1The first episode looks at South Africa. Steve Backshall looks at hippopotamuses, meeting a very special hippo called Jessica before kayaking to look for more hippos. He gets trapped by two hippos in a river but his crew manages to save him. Next he goes to a reptile park to see rock pythons, black mambas and rinkhals and chooses one for his list (the black mamba). Next Steve looks for invertebrates such as baboon spiders and African rock scorpions. He then finds the fat-tailed scorpion and puts that on the Deadly 60. Featured animals: hippopotamus, rock python, black mamba, rinkhals, baboon spider, African rock scorpion, fat-tailed scorpion
2South Africa 2Steve continues exploring South Africa and goes to an animal sanctuary and looks at African fish eagles. One called Bonno which lives in captivity goes fishing for plastic fish. After Steve watches this he tries his own hand at fishing and massively fails. Steve puts the African fish eagle on the Deadly 60. As Steve starts leaving he picks up the local newspaper and reads about a girl getting attacked by a Nile crocodile in her swimming pool. Steve decides to look at them close up and see if they can make the Deadly 60. Next he sneaks up on impala, giraffe and wildebeest and tries to see if he can match their ability to stalk and catch prey but fails. He wants to see if the African hunting dogs are better. He goes in a plane searching for some dogs but doesn't find any. He puts them on the Deadly 60 anyway. Featured animals: African fish eagle, golden orb weaver, Nile crocodile, African hunting dog
3South Africa 3This is the last visit to South Africa of the season. Steve plans to look for great white sharks, and after a decision to head inland because of bad weather that would potentially frustrate his plans, and Steve goes inland and after walking with a honey badger called Buster he gets friendly with Buster and gets attacked (sort of), and after calling it fearless, puts it on the Deadly 60, then checks out a wildlife sanctuary where a meerkat bites him, a springbok runs at him with its horns extended out in front and then he meets a bat-eared fox, which he calls too cute to make the Deadly 60 and then he meets a caracal. He says these are great predators and after getting close to one and strokes it, being very careful as of his luck with the other animals, but the caracal attacks him anyway and Steve decides caracals deserve to be on the Deadly 60. Next he decides not to go out to look for sharks just yet, and looks at stingrays instead, close relatives of sharks. He feeds some off the coast of Cape Town, and explains that because they killed Steve Irwin, the last man who would want stingrays hated because of what happened to him, they won't be going on the Deadly 60, and instead after a while goes out on a boat looking for sharks. He goes shark-feeding with shark bait and sees one, but decides not to get wet with one. However, great white sharks manage to go on the Deadly 60. Featured animals: honey badger, meerkat, springbok, bat-eared fox, caracal, great white shark, stingray
4Australia 1Steve goes to Western Australia to look for deadly animals. He starts on the outskirts of Perth and a local helps him search for tiger snakes. The local finds a large skink, but they have not found tiger snakes. They go to a local park and find eight tiger snakes. He then shows a reconstruction of a man dying of a tiger snake bite, Steve catches one. He says they are more venomous than cobras, but they look like cobras; they have a hood and are possibly very close to cobras. The tiger snake then is put on the Deadly 60. Next Steve goes out to sea to catch fish hunters and looks at Australian sea lions and pelicans, the latter going on the Deadly 60. Next Steve looks at bottlenose dolphins which have bigger brains than humans and Steve discovers they are good predators definitely going on the Deadly 60. Featured animals: skink, tiger snake, Australian sea lion, pelican, bottlenose dolphin
5Australia 2Steve travels to Queensland, Australia and starts by flying over the suffer canes and then shows cane toads, but doesn't put them on the Deadly 60. Featured animals: cane toad, paralysis tick, spectacled flying fox, stinging nettle, catsnake, forest bearded dragon, lace monitor, redback spider
6Australia 3This program focuses on South Australia. Featured animals: yellowfin tuna, duck-billed platypus, eastern grey kangaroo, funnel web spider, jack jumper ant, Australian giant cuttlefish
7Australia 4The final program from Australia goes to the Northern Territory where Steve looks at nocturnals. Featured animals: saltwater crocodile, whistling kite, frilled lizard, ghost bat
8India 1Steve goes to India to look for deadly animals. Featured animals: mugger crocodile, Russell's viper, king cobra, saw-scaled viper, sloth bear, langur monkey, praying mantis
9India 2Steve uses this episode to continue his studies of India. Featured animals: gharial, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger
10Borneo 1Steve goes to Borneo, and to start looks for animals in the Gomantong Cave System. Featured animals: wrinkle-lipped bat, cockroach, scutigera centipede, Reticulated Python
11Borneo 2Steve goes to the Bornean sea and looks for deadly animals. Featured animals: crocodilefish, frogfish, lionfish, mantis shrimp, chevron barracuda
12United Kingdom 1Steve goes back home to the UK, and this time looks at the deadliest animals his home has to offer. First is a battle in Wales. Featured animals: gannet, sand lizard, common lizard, grass snake, slow worm, smooth snake, adder, giant hornet, goshawk
13United Kingdom 2This episode continues the search for deadly animals in the United Kingdom. Featured animals: common otter, great raft spider, peregrine falcon
14Alaska USASteve goes to Alaska to look at deadly animals. Featured animals: Arctic fox, wolverine, polar bear, bald eagle, salmon, brown bear
15Arizona USASteve heads to the Arizonan desert. Featured animals: owl, Harris hawk, black bear, mountain lion, Gila monster, tiger rattlesnake
16Louisiana USASteve goes to Louisiana's swamp and looks at many deadly animals. Featured animals: catfish, alligator gar, red soldier ant, cottonmouth, armadillo, American alligator, alligator snapping turtle
17BahamasShark Special - Steve Backshall looks at sharks in a trip to the Bahamas. Featured animals: Caribbean reef shark, tiger shark, great hammerhead, lemon shark
18Brazil 1Steve goes to the Brazilian savannah to meet deadly contenders for his list. Featured animals: giant anteater, burrowing owl
19Brazil 2Steve goes to the Brazilian flooded forests to find the deadliest animals there. Featured animals: fer de lance, red-bellied piranha, giant candiru, pink river dolphin
20Brazil 3Steve finishes his journey by looking for the last two Deadly 60 animals. Featured animals: whip spider, Goliath birdeater, vampire bat, fresh water crab, poison dart frog, army ant
21KillersSteve shows us the handful of Deadly 60 animals which would kill a human.
22WeaponsSteve looks at the animals on the Deadly 60 and their weapons.
23UnseenSteve Backshall shows all the deadly animals he just didn't put on the Deadly 60.
24Behind the ScenesSteve shows the viewers who tune in how his favourite animal encounters were made.
25The Making of South America and AlaskaSteve shows how the crew filmed the Brazil episodes and the Alaska episode.
26EndangeredSteve meets all the endangered Deadly 60 animals.

Deadly 60 Series 2 (2010)

1Baja California, MexicoSteve Backshall meets the deadly animals in Baja California, Mexico to start his new Deadly 60. Featured animals: Humboldt squid, tarantula, tarantula hawk wasp, rattlesnake
2British ColumbiaSteve goes to British Columbia to see potentially deadly sea creatures. Featured animals: wolf eel, Pacific giant octopus, orca
3VancouverFeatured animals: Steller's sea lion, orca, skunk, raccoon, American black bear
4Costa Rica 1Steve shows the audience the deadliest animals in Costa Rica. Featured animals: fer de lance, American crocodile, jaguar, peccary
5Costa Rica 2Steve continues the studies of Costa Rica. Featured animals: boa constrictor, eyelash viper, bushmaster, poison dart frog, vampire bat
6PanamaSteve visits Panama on the search for the elusive harpy eagle. Featured animals: glossy racer snake, peccary, bullet ant, harpy eagle
7MozambiqueSteve visits the coast of Mozambique. Featured animals: zooplankton, whale shark, solifuge, marlin, crown-of-thorns starfish
8South AfricaSteve revisits South Africa to show deadly animals not shown last series of Deadly 60. Featured animals: blacktip reef shark, African honeybee, ragged tooth shark, dassie, black eagle
9Namibia 1Steve goes to Namibia's Namib desert and shows deadly Namibians. Featured animals: spoor spider, dune ant, shovel-snouted lizard, sidewinder, vulture
10Namibia 2Steve is on the search for Namibia's Big Cats. Featured animals: leopard, lion, porcupine, warthog, giraffe
11MadagascarSteve visits Madagascar to view the Deadly Animals there. Featured animals: fossa, cicada, chameleon, leaf-tailed gecko, aye-aye
12UgandaHere Steve shows people how deadly primates can be. Featured animals: gorilla, baboon, chimpanzee, giant earthworm
13ThailandIn Thailand Steve tries to find the Deadliest animals it has to offer. Featured animals: king cobra, clouded leopard, Tokay gecko
14Philippines 1Steve continues his adventure for the Deadly 60 in the Philippines. Featured animals: water monitor, tarantula, whip spider, pangolin, mangrove catsnake
15Philippines 2Steve continues his studies in the Philippines. Featured animals: thresher shark, yellow-bellied sea krait, tarsier
16Dogs and Wolves, Norway, UK and RomaniaIn this episode Steve focuses on dogs. Featured animals: Alaskan husky, rottweiler rescue dog, German shepherd police dog, grey wolf, brown bear, He also visits Norway
17NorwaySteve goes to the frozen north of Norway to see what deadly animals there are in its polar region. Featured animals: Arctic fox, lemming, musk ox, lynx, roe deer
18United Kingdom (UK)Steve sees what deadly animals his home land has to offer. Featured animals: pike, white-tailed sea eagle, crab spider, orb weaver
19ArgentinaSteve travels to Argentina to see the deadly animals that live in its swamp lands. Featured animals: spectacled caiman, capybara, fox, yellow-bellied piranha, yellow anaconda
20PeruSteve finishes his search in the wonders of the Amazon rainforest. Featured animals: giant otter, black caiman, yellow-tailed cribo
21Making Of (Special)Steve and the gang show how the TV show was made.
22Tracks and Signs (Special)Steve tells how we can track animals using tracks and signs.
23Inside Deadly 60 (Special)Steve focuses on showing viewers how animals survive by looking under the skin.
24Unseen (Special)Steve shows the animals he did not have time to show us. white lady spider, spoor spider (cameo), armored ground cricket, African hunting dog, millipede, scorpion, vervet monkey, tarsier, stork-billed kingfisher, shame-faced crab, velvet ant and Scolopendrium centipede
25Venom (Special)Steve tells us about venom, how it works and how to cure it
26Endangered (Special)Steve shows the endangered deadly animals

Deadly 60 Series 3 (2012)

1IndonesiaSteve Backshall travels to Indonesia where he and his crew have a nerve-racking close encounter when they are chased by a group of ravenous, three-metre-long Komodo dragons, the world's largest venomous lizards!
2EthiopiaSteve travels to Ethiopia to find the gelada baboons however first he has an experience of a lifetime, feeding wild hyenas in a medieval city with a local man. The hyenas have become used to this feeding after hundreds of years. He then travels into the mountains to find the geladas but accidentally runs into the extremely rare Ethiopian wolf along the way.
3United KingdomSteve is on his home turf, scouring land, sea and air, for some of the deadliest critters that the UK has to offer. First, he heads for the seas off the coast of Plymouth, in search of monsters from the deep. And he's not disappointed! In the bowels of a wreck he comes face to face with a giant conger eel, one of the most feared predators in the ocean. Back on land he meets a double deadly killer, the dragonfly. As adults they are amazing aerial assassins, but they lead a double life. Finally, he takes a look at the kestrel, the world champion in hovering.
4AlaskaSteve and the crew head into the beautiful Alaskan wilderness for another deadly adventure. It's the largest state in America, and is home to some of the most impressive predators on Earth.
5South Africa 1Steve's search for deadly animals takes him and the crew to South Africa. This time they're looking for one of the most iconic of them all, the ferocious great white shark.
6Mexico 1Steve Backshall and his team head to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula where he embarks on a high-octane chase with the fastest fish in the sea, the sailfish, and marvels at the awesome hunting skills of the Mexican Night Snake
7Australia 1This time on Deadly 60, Steve and the crew are in Australia and it's Deadly to the extreme. Steve heads into the blistering sun of the outback to fulfil a lifelong dream of finding the most venomous land snake in the world.
8New ZealandFor the first time on Deadly 60 Steve and the team head to New Zealand. Steve descends deep into the Waitomo Caves to find an unusual predator that lures insects to their death with a lethal light show, the glow-worm.
9South Africa 2This time on Deadly 60, Steve and the crew are back in South Africa, one of the deadly capitals of the world. He's taken out by the fastest feet on the planet when he goes up against a couple of cheetahs in a football game.
10Australia 2This time on Deadly 60, Steve and the crew are back in Australia, one of the deadly capitals of the world. He is slung under a helicopter into a nest of saltwater crocodiles and measures their bite but loses the bite test gauge!
11South America 1Steve and his crew are back in the jungles of South America for his Deadly 60 adventure. Steve heads into crocodile-infested waters for a spooky nocturnal encounter with a truly shocking predator, the electric eel.
12NepalSteve and the crew head to the mountain kingdom of Nepal to search for more animal predators to add to the Deadly 60. Steve enlists the help of an elephant to track down a very grumpy rhinoceros.
13Mexico 2Steve and the crew return to Mexico in search of more animals to add to the Deadly 60. Steve searches a swamp at night for a rare and beautiful crocodile with a nasty bite, before heading to the stunning Mexican coastline.
14VenezuelaThis time Steve and the crew travel to Venezuela in search of more lethal animal predators for the Deadly list. First they comb the Venezuelan wetlands looking for the biggest snake in the world, the mighty green anaconda.
15South America 2Steve returns to South America. He joins a team trying to save a highly endangered predator, the Orinoco crocodile, and witnesses the ferocious maternal instincts of a female.
16Sri Lanka 1Steve heads to Sri Lanka where he attempts to free dive with the largest animal ever known to have lived, the Blue Whale. And back on dry land he goes in search of another giant, the Asian Elephant.
17Sri Lanka 2Steve Backshall and the crew continue their Sri Lankan adventure on the hunt for another three perfect predators to add to the Deadly 60.
18Southern StatesSteve visits the Southern States of the USA. He dives into the crystal clear waters of the Silver Springs River to swim with a wild alligator and adds his first plant to the Deadly 60, a carnivorous Venus flytrap.
19FloridaSteve heads to Florida in the USA. He wades into a swamp to try and catch a slippery amphibian called the amphiuma and tracks down America's largest snake, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
20UnseenIn this final episode of the series, wildlife adventurer Steve Backshall looks back at some unseen footage from the filming of Deadly 60.
21Killer Shots.
23Super Powers.
25Self Defence.

Live 'n Deadly

Live 'n Deadly is a spin-off series to Deadly 60, with 10 live shows and 3 non-live Specials. This series is a live magazine program hosted by Steve Backshall and Naomi Wilkinson, which features a range of magazine content, features and games relating to animals and wildlife, and also uses its live broadcast to encourage interactivity with the viewing audience. The program was a touring series, with episodes filmed live on location from areas around the UK.

The first series of Live 'n Deadly aired on BBC Two (simulcast with CBBC Channel) on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am in between September and December 2010. In addition to the live Saturday show, a public roadshow event was also held the following day in the general area that the program had visited that week (though never in exactly the same location). These roadshows were run by BBC Learning and featured a number of hands-on wildlife-related activities for children and families, and footage from the roadshow events was broadcast the following Saturday as part of the following live programme.

Series 2 of Live 'n' Deadly aired between September and December 2011.

Deadly 60 Bites

This is a series of short filler programmes consisting of individual animals' segments of Deadly 60 cut down into a 5- to 10-minute standalone segment; this is often used as a filler between programmes on the CBBC channel.

Deadly Art

In 2011 a spin-off show was broadcast called Deadly Art, which airs as a short filler programme on weekdays.

Deadly Art Series 1

Alligator snapping turtle, Piranha, Saltwater crocodile, Brown bear, Wolves, African killer bees, Hippos, African fish eagle, King cobra, Shark, Lynx, Mountain gorilla, Tuna, Rattlesnake, Tiger, Ghost bat, Tarsier, Wolverine, Red back spider, Chameleon, Praying mantis, Peregrine falcon, Giant cuttlefish, Vulture, Pangolin, Tasmanian Devil The Final Selection

Deadly Art Series 2

Goliath birdeater, Snow Leopard, Tokay gecko, Aye aye, Squid, Scorpion, Scutigera centipede, Lion, Wrinkle-lipped bats, Barracuda, Black eagle, Chimpanzee, Dolphin, Nile crocodile, Pit viper, Hornet, Lionfish, Reticulated python, Giant anteater, Black tip reef shark, African hunting dog, Monitor lizard, Gannet, Giant octopus, Crown of thorns starfish, Polar bear

Deadly Art Series 3

Series 3 aired May 2012.

Banded sand snake, African Bush Elephant, Golden eagle, Fossa, Tiger shark, Harpy eagle, Rinkhals, Warthog, Wolf eel, Poison dart frog, Spoor spider, Giraffe, Pink river dolphin, Burrowing owl, Arctic fox, Millipede, Vervet monkey, Musk ox, Kangaroo, Army ant, Clouded leopard, Kingfisher, Hammerhead shark, Solifuge, Killer whale, Black rhino

Deadly Top 10s

The CBBC Channel has started airing 'Steve Backshall's Deadly Top 10s', which essentially is a 30-minute clip show featuring a collection of material previously seen in Deadly 60.

Deadly Top 10s - Series 1 (2009)

1 - Strangest: (10) Meganaura, (9) Microraptor, (8) Megapiranha, (7) Dragonfly nymph Vs. dragonfly adult (Winner: dragonfly adult), (6) Chameleon, (5) Carnotaurus, (4) Helicoprion, (3) Kaprosuchus, (2) Utahraptor, (1) Smilodon.

2 - Lethal Weapons: (10) African fish eagle, (9) Hippo Vs. elephant (winner: elephant), (8) Queen snake, (7) Aye-aye, (6) Bullet ant, (5) Sundew Vs. venus fly trap (winner: venus fly trap), (4) Great grey owl, (3) Homotherium, (2) Spinosaurus, (1) Mosasaurs

3 - Killer Tactics: (10) Hast's Eagle, (9) African hunting dog, (8) Leaf-tailed gecko, (7) Death adder Vs. garter snake (winner: garter snake), (6) Chimpanzee, (5) Stoat, (4) Azhdarchid, (3) Jaekelopterus, (2) Dinofelis, (1) Liopleurodon

4 - Scariest: (10) Fat-tailed scorpion, (9) Sydney funnel-web spider, (8) Sea krait, (7) Skunk, (6) Cone shell, (5) Water monitor Vs. Komodo dragon (winner: Komodo dragon), (4) Paralysis tick, (3) Andrewsarchus, (2) Titanoboa, (1) Megalania

5 - Fiercest: (10) Tiger, (9) Polar bear, (8) Tiger shark, (7) Honey badger Vs. wolverine (winner: honey badger), (6) - Humboldt squid, (5) Japanese hornet, (4) Arctodus, (3) Entelodont, (2) Megalodon, (1) Tyrannosaurus rex

Deadly Top 10s - Series 2 (2010)

1 - Defenders: (10) Goliath bird-Eating spider, (9) Adder, (8) Mountain gorilla, (7) Porcupine, (6) Moth butterfly caterpillar, (5) Cassowary, (4) Jack jumping ant, (3) Rhino Vs. buffalo (winner: buffalo), (2) Rinkhals spitting cobra, (1) Bombardier beetle

2 - Super-Senses: (10) Giant anteater, (9) Pink river dolphin, (8) Raccoon Vs. yapok (winner: raccoon), (7) Duck billed platypus, (6) Vampire bat, (5) Sand-swimmer snake, (4) Bat eared fox Vs. brown long-eared bat (winner: bat eared fox), (3) Tarsier, (2) Kronosaurus, (1) Phourcadie

3 - Extreme: (10) Snow leopard, (9) Thorny devil, (8) Pitcher plant, (7) Lungfish, (6) Fungus gnat glow worm, (5) Arctic fox Vs. fennec fox (winner: Arctic fox), (4) Spoor spider, (3) Woolly Rhinoceros, (2) Woolly Mammoth, (1) Dunkleosteus

4 - Deadly Dog: (10) Blacktip shark, (9) Blue footed booby, (8) Coati, (7) Spotted hyena, (6) Desert locust, (5) Dingo, (4) Grey wolf, (3) Red Fox, (2) Dire Wolf, (1) Domestic Dog

5 - Airborne: (10) Pied kingfisher, (9) Robber fly, (8) Draco lizard, (7) Himalayan jumping spider, (6) Magnificent frigatebird (5) Goshawk, (4) Tarantula hawk wasp, (3) Natterer's bat Vs. greater bulldog bat (winner: Natterer's bat), (2) Lammergeier, (1) Kestrel

Deadly 60 on a Mission

In 2011, a compilation series called Deadly 60 on a Mission began airing on Sunday evenings on BBC One; this took the place of Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry in the BBC One schedule, and, like the Horrible Histories spinoff, was designed to utilise content from the associated CBBC programme in a family-aimed mid-evening slot. As with Deadly Top 10s, much of the material in this strand had previously appeared in the main Deadly 60 series.[1]

Deadly 360

A studio-based format show mixing BBC natural history archive displayed in 'Minority Report' style, presented again by Steve Backshall - The show was broadcast on CBBC between September and December 2011. In the animal kingdom, it’s a power struggle. The strongest animals take down the weakest ones. And sometimes the strongest animals battle one another. This series matches up many dominant animals for epic fights. Some fighters have met before in the wild. Others are coming face to face for the very first time.


1Green Anaconda vs. Jaguar Amazon Ambush

2Cougar vs. Gray Wolf Cat and Dog Fight

3Nile Crocodile vs. Hippopotamus River Rumble

4Deathstalker scorpion vs. Sydney funnel-web spider Attack Of The Arachnids

5African Bush Elephant vs. White Rhino Clash Of The Titans

6Gorilla vs. Leopard Jungle War

7Great White Shark vs. Killer Whale Showdown At Sea

8Grizzly Bear vs. Polar bear Battle Of The Bears

9Honey Badger vs. Spotted Hyena Scrap In The Savanna

10King Cobra vs. Komodo Dragon Hissing Fit

11Lion vs. Tiger Big Cat Brawl

12Tasmanian Devil vs. Wolverine Bad Attitude Beatdown

Deadly Pole to Pole

In the series, which premiered in October, 2013, Steve Backshall travels pole to pole through the Americas while looking for dangerous animals.

Backshall's Deadly Adventures

A series where Steve Backshall goes on deadly adventures.[2]

Natural Born Hunters

A series in which Bob Brisbane narrate various clips (mostly from Deadly 60) about predators and how they hunt. This series could be considered a combination of the 'Deadly' series and the series

Deadly 60 Games

Several Deadly 60 Flash games have also been produced for CBBC. Deadly Dash (released September 2010) was one of the most popular games on the channel that year. Deadly Planet & Deadly Scramble were subsequently released in September 2012 to coincide with series 2 of Live 'n' Deadly.

Deadly Dinosaurs

In 2018, it was announced that Backshall would be doing a new "Deadly" series, this time about Dinosaurs. The series started in June 2018 and had 10 Episodes, broadcast every Wednesday. Each Dinosaur is shown as a computer generated figure (mostly using footage from Planet Dinosaur), supposedly the most realistic version yet. Each Dino is then given a deadly scale, based on Weapons, Size and Speed. Though the only thing to get 100% Deadly was the Asteroid that killed the dinos off in the 9th episode dubbed "Deadlier Than the Dinosaurs".


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