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Sir David Attenborough will explore the UK’s prehistoric era of Attenborough and the giant sea monster (w/t) for BBC One and iPlayer

Posted: 10:00 PM, April 9, 2023

Sir David Attenborough (Image: Paul Williams)

The pliosaurs were the largest and most fearsome hunters of the Jurassic seas, the marine equivalent, one might say, of the T. Rex. Its skull alone measures more than two meters in length and is armed with massive fangs. Frustratingly, the skulls that can tell us the most about an animal are all too easily shattered before fossilization, but this one is virtually intact and promises to reveal all sorts of new details about those terrifying hunters who preyed on each other. to the better known ichthyosaurs of Lyme Regis.

—Sir David Attenborough

BBC Factual announces Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster (working title), a 60′ film for BBC One and iPlayer, directed by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced by PBS and the WNET Group.

After the huge success of Wild Isles, Sir David Attenborough is now turning his attention to exploring the UK’s prehistoric era.

The documentary follows David as he unearths the discovery of a lifetime: the skull of a giant Pliosaur, one of the most ferocious Jurassic predators ever known. This huge prehistoric marine reptile ruled the seas at the same time as the dinosaurs ruled the land, 150 million years ago.

Fossil experts believe this Pliosaur to be a completely new species and are working in a secret location on a perilous expedition to excavate the skull and uncover the secrets lurking deep within it.

David states, “The pliosaurs were the greatest and most fearsome hunters of the Jurassic seas, the marine equivalent, you might say, of the T. Rex. Its skull alone measures more than two meters in length and is armed with massive fangs. Frustratingly, the skulls that can tell us the most about an animal are all too easily shattered before fossilization, but this one is virtually intact and promises to reveal all sorts of new details about those terrifying hunters who preyed on each other. to the better known ichthyosaurs of Lyme Regis.

David will follow this fascinating story, joining a team of top scientists and paleontologists as they uncover clues about this apex predator – from understanding its appearance and behavior to uncovering the strategies it used to hunt. and kill its prey – all while being at the cutting edge of technology. effects sequences will bring the sea monster to life, showcasing its astonishing size and enormous strength.

Filmed on location across the UK, Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster will combine groundbreaking science with gripping storytelling and cutting-edge CGI to tell the story of the Jurassic World’s most phenomenal predator… the one who hunted the seas just off the British coast!

Jack Bootle, Commissioning Manager, Factual Specialist, says: “David has filmed some of the best fossil animals in the world, so the fact that he is so interested in this skull makes me incredibly excited. This movie promises to be a thrilling journey back in time to a time when monsters ruled the seas around Britain. I can’t wait for viewers to experience it.

Mike Gunton, Executive Producer, said: “It’s wonderful to be back on site with David – his eyes lit up when we told him about this amazing find – he was looking forward to joining the ‘dig’ and take a first look at the fossil bones for himself.

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster (working title), a 1×60′ for BBC One and iPlayer, is made by BBC Studios Natural History Unit and co-produced by PBS and the WNET Group. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Commissioning Manager, Factual Specialist. Executive Producer is Mike Gunton, Series Editor is Tom Jarvis, Production Manager is Victoria Bobin, and Production Manager is Arpana Paterson. The editor is Tom Coveney. The executive in charge of PBS is Bill Gardner. For PBS Nature, the executive producer is Fred Kaufman, the series producer is Bill Murphy and the editor is Janet Hess.

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