Fierce sees BAFTA Award winning TV naturalist Steve Backshall seeking out the world's most fierce animals in this brand-new commission for ITV, his first for the broadcaster.

The 6x60' series takes Steve on six epic adventures to Guyana, Mexico, Namibia, Indonesia, Australia and South Africa, where along the way he encounters the world's most venomous snake, the Inland Taipan, gets perilously close to the largest carnivorous reptile in South America, the giant Black Caiman, attempts to track down the endangered Giant River Otter and stakes out the feisty and fearless Honey Badger.

As well as going eye-to-eye with American Crocodiles, swimming amongst Bull Sharks and narrowly escaping the jaws of the extraordinary Komodo Dragon, Steve also meets the people living cheek by jowl with these dangerous predators and those who have miraculously survived being attacked by them.

The beauty of the locations Steve visits belies the ‘kill or be killed' reality of the environment for its wild inhabitants, which have developed fascinating and fierce physical adaptations and behaviours to survive in them, as he discovers.

Fierce - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: To Be Determined

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2016-04-19

Fierce - I Am... Sasha Fierce - Netflix

I Am... Sasha Fierce is the third studio album by American singer Beyoncé. It was released on November 12, 2008 through Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment. In its initial release, the album was formatted as a double album, intending to market Beyoncé's contrasting facets of artistry. The first disc, I Am..., contains slow and midtempo pop and R&B ballads, while the second, Sasha Fierce (named after Beyoncé's on-stage alter ego), focuses on more uptempo beats that blend electropop and Europop genres. In composing the songs' lyrics, Beyoncé worked with writers, with each session accompanied by live orchestration. Beyoncé credited both her husband, rapper Jay-Z, and jazz singer Etta James for inspiring her to push the limits of her songwriting and artistry. Musically, I Am... drew inspiration from folk and alternative rock, while blending acoustic guitar elements into contemporary ballads, and its tracks were written and produced by Beyoncé, during collaborative efforts with Babyface, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream and Ryan Tedder. Sasha Fierce boasted production from Darkchild and Sean Garrett. I Am... Sasha Fierce debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 482,000 units, earning Beyoncé her third consecutive US number-one solo album. The album earned over thirty platinum and one diamond certifications in separate worldwide markets, being certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 16, 2009, selling over three million copies in the United States. As of 2015, I Am... Sasha Fierce has sold over eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered seven Grammy Award nominations at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony (2010), including a nomination for Album of the Year, winning five and eventually collecting a record setting six wins—the most awards won in one night by a female. To promote the album, Beyoncé made several award show and televised appearances across Europe and America, and embarking on the worldwide I Am... World Tour (2009–10). The album spawned several singles; some served as international and stateside releases, while others were for purely promotional purposes. The two lead singles from I Am... Sasha Fierce, “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, both charted highly internationally. The former topped the charts in over eight countries and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, with the latter becoming her fifth number-one single on the Hot 100 chart. “Diva” and “Ego” were released exclusively in the United States, while “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams” were promoted internationally as the third and fourth singles, respectively. “Broken-Hearted Girl” was released internationally as the fifth single, while “Video Phone” was released in September 2009 as the overall eighth, and “Why Don't You Love Me” was released in July 2010 as the ninth and final single.

Fierce - Critical reception - Netflix

I Am... Sasha Fierce received mixed reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 62, based on 24 reviews. Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani wrote that the album's “strength” is “its individual songs ... a testament to Beyoncé as one of today's most reliable singles artists”, but felt that “the real disparity is her inability to reconcile the adult-contemporary schmaltz of I Am with the more modern, edgy sounds of Sasha Fierce.” Adam Mattera of The Observer felt that both discs lack depth, observing that the first is “too busy chasing radio formats to expose any genuine soul”, and criticizing the second disc's “succession of independent woman anthems such as 'Single Ladies' and 'Diva', which will no doubt inspire drag queens the world over but leave most others bemused.” AllMusic's Andy Kellman called its double-disc “gimmick” “flimsy” and favored its second disc's “decent, if easily forgettable, upbeat pop.” He expressed that on the I Am... disc, “Beyoncé feels each line to the fullest extent, which almost rescues the set's staidness.” In his consumer guide for MSN Music, Robert Christgau named it the “dud of the month”, indicating “a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought”. He found its “split-personality bit” to be “deeply vapid”, only observing “three good songs on this 11-track artifact”. Jonah Weiner of Blender commented that “Beyoncé is still a beauty-shop feminist, quick with the smack-downs, and she still describes the rattling rush of love with preternatural poise”. Stacey Anderson of Spin commented that its first disc “meanders over [...] down-tempo cuts” and called ... Sasha “an intriguing but diluted direction”. The Village Voice's Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond felt that the I Am... disc lacks cohesion, but complimented "Sasha Fierce as “brassy, big-headed, confrontational, and witty,” and stated, “each incendiary track challenges you to leave your inhibitions at coat-check.” Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone noted that its slow songs are “full of bland self-affirmation and saggy lines”, but wrote that "the “Sasha” disc boasts Beyoncé's most adventurous music yet". Colin McGuire of PopMatters called the album “a little rough around the edges at times” and viewed its Sasha Fierce disc as “a far more compelling trip down dance-lane”. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the album offers “two compelling sides” of Beyoncé and stated: “The collection might have been better served had she edited it down to one disc, rather than belabor what ultimately seems like a marketing gimmick. And while fans will surely speculate, there's little in the lyrics that feels more revealing than previous emotional fire-starters.” Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker found the album to be “something of a mess”, mostly because the alter ego “trips on the idea of redefinition”.

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