SERIES

Leopard Queen

(Nat Geo Wild, Sunday, 7.30 p.m.)

Powerful. Deadly. Elusive. Manana is a wild leopard who can kill a man with ease. Yet beside her sits JV, unarmed and unharmed, no bars, no cage. She gently brushes past him, almost touching. Today she will allow him to join her as a hunter, a privilege rarely bestowed on fellow leopards, let alone a human. John Varty, wildlife photographer, has a unique friendship with this wild cat and has gained access to the mysterious world of one of Nature’s most enigmatic animals.

Squid vs. Whale

(Nat Geo Wild, Monday, 6.30 p.m.)

This is the story of two marine giants, the largest predator on Earth and one of the largest of all squids.

Killer Bites: Duel in The Swamp

(Animal Planet, Saturday, 7 p.m.)

The series looks at the misunderstood relationship between Africa’s powerful predators. The test for survival of the fittest is the most challenging out in the marshes. Watch how animals compete to survive as they are unwilling to share their marshland habitat.

MOVIES

Sucker Punch

(HBO, Sunday, December 30, 12.10 a.m.)

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. From the director of 300 and Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s epic action fantasy takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker institutionalised reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, but her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary. Locked away against her will, but determined to fight for her freedom, she and four other girls battle everything from serpents to samurais, on an unbelievable journey to set themselves free. Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Anne Hudgens.