Home / WorldWide / ‘It’s just like watching the real thing’: Sir David Attenborough says of his new series Prehistoric Planet which brings the dinosaurs back to life by pairing scientific detail with stunning special effects

‘It’s just like watching the real thing’: Sir David Attenborough says of his new series Prehistoric Planet which brings the dinosaurs back to life by pairing scientific detail with stunning special effects

On a remote beach newly hatched turtles are scrambling through the sand for the safety of the water. But they have been spotted by a predator.

Stalking on its long hind legs the hunter approaches with curiosity. Its talons are like machete blades its teeth like daggers. But its a juvenile itself and has never seen a turtle. The baby Tyrannosaurus rex places one tentative claw on a turtle and watches in bemusement as it wriggles free. Alarmed Tiny Rex runs up the beach back to the safety of its parent a fully grown male Tyrannosaurus 40ft long and weighing ten tons. The father nuzzles his infant rubbing the sides of his jaw along the babys furry flanks and then gives him a nudge urging his offspring to try again as if to say Go on it would not bite.

As touching as it is astounding to see the scene is made perfect by the from the doyen of wildlife narrators Sir David Attenborough. He has got the killer instinct chuckles the great broadcaster as he watches the dinosaurs clumsy attempts to catch a snack but his problem is inexperience. This could take some time. After recording his commentary Sir David takes off his headphones and sits back in amazement. It was like I was watching them through a pair of binoculars he marvels.The clip is part of Prehistoric Planet the most ambitious series about dinosaurs ever made. A collaboration between BBC Studios Natural History Unit and a team of special effects wizards headed by Emmy winning producer Jon Favreau, who has directed Marvel films and appeared in them as Iron Mans friend Happy Hogan it re creates dinosaurs from 66 million years ago shortly before a meteorite hit the Earth and wiped them out.

The accuracy of the scientific detail and the high-definition images make this part series coming to Apple TV+ a giant leap forwards from CGI depictions such as Walking With Dinosaurs in 1999 and Jurassic Park in 1993. When people first discovered dinosaur fossils they thought they were dragons says series producer Mike Gunton, who was behind hit series such as Planet Earth II and Dynasties. Our aim was to bring what we now know to the screen. This is more than a TV show. Its a piece of seminal science. We have drawn together threads of science like Sherlock Holmes pulling together the clues in a mystery. This is not a jaws and show. Its about the world that existed Planet Earth million years ago.Aimed at a broad family audience the series features numerous prehistoric animals whose existence was only recently discovered alongside some of their extraordinary behaviour.

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