Meerkat Manor is a British wildlife docu-reality television series created by Caroline Hawkins and produced by Oxford Scientific Films for Animal Planet which follows the everyday life of a meerkat family called the Whiskers, living in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.
The series made its international debut in South Africa on DStv's Animal Planet channel on Monday 5 September 2008, at 18h30. It premiered in the UK on Animal Planet International a week later, on 12 September, 2005.
There are 53 half-hour episodes in four seasons to date. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
After making it through a year of triumph and tragedy, the Whiskers mob of meerkats is back to continue another season of love, intrigue and drama on the African plains.
Narrated by Bill Nighy, Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed series features more adventures of the Whiskers family, as they are joined by a new cast of friends... and enemies.
Each episode of the 13-part season follows the real-life soap opera dramas of this zany group of meerkats as they fight for power, dominance and survival in Africa's Kalahari Desert.
Don't let their cuddly appearance fool you though - there's a good reason these meerkat families are called a 'mob'.
From family quarrels to love affairs to backstabbing worthy of a Shakespearean tale, these fuzzy reality-TV stars pack a huge dramatic punch.
The show is narrated by Bill Nighy in the UK and Canada, Mike Goldman in Australia, and Sean Astin (Seasons 1-3) and Stockard Channing (4-) in the USA.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 5 September 2005 | Finale: 28 November 2005 | Mondays, 18h30
Season 2 (14 episodes)
Premiere: 16 October 2006 | Finale: 27 November 2006 | Mondays, 19h20 (double bill)
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 10 September 2007 | Finale: 26 September 2007 | Weekdays, 19h00
Season 4 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 8 March 2009 | Finale: 19 April 2009 | Mondays, 19h00 (double bill)