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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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Dinosaurs back on the BBC

Ten years after the phenomenally successful Walking With Dinosaurs, BBC One presents a stunning new series, showcasing these extraordinary creatures to a new generation of dinosaur lovers. Meanwhile BBC Four also takes a look at the story of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, supported by website, learning and interactive initiatives.

Kim Shillinglaw, Commissioner of Science and Natural History (TV), says: "We're living in a golden age of dinosaur discoveries – this is a fantastic time for us to use the latest technology to bring to life a new variety of dinosaurs for a new generation."

Planet Dinosaur, BBC One

The last decade has been a golden age of discoveries for palaeontologists around the world: more dinosaurs have been discovered in the past 10 years than the previous 200 years. But the next generation of children won't be talking about Tyrannosaurus Rex or Diplodocus because bigger, badder and altogether more bizarre dinosaurs have been uncovered across the globe.

In an astonishing six-part series, BBC One brings to life the most incredible creatures that viewers never knew existed. From Spinosaurus, the biggest killer to ever walk the Earth, to the immense sea-monster Predator X, and the deadly cannibalistic Majunasaurus – dinosaurs were more monstrous, more horrific and bizarre than ever before imagined. Combining a 3D graphic world, incredible CGI and stunning photo-real fight scenes, this is a whole new perspective on dinosaurs.

Planet Dinosaurs (6x30 minutes) airs on BBC One in 2011. The series was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw (Commissioner for Science and Natural History), and is executive produced by Andrew Cohen (Head of Science, London Factual) for BBC Productions.

How To Build A Dinosaur, BBC Four

Dinosaur skeletons are some of the most popular exhibitions in the world – each year, hundreds of thousands of children flock to the Natural History Museum to see the world famous diplodocus, Dippy. But how do these skeletons get from the ground to the museum hall, traversing millions of years in history to educate and entertain? For every museum, reconstructing a dinosaur skeleton is a fine balance between science and art.

Science presenter and anatomist Dr Alice Roberts guides viewers through the entire reconstruction of a museum's new dinosaur exhibition from the raw bones to the final skeleton.

How To Build A Dinosaur (3x60 minutes) airs on BBC Four in 2011. The series was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw (Commissioner for Science & Natural History), and is executive produced by Jonathan Renouf for BBC Productions.

Survivors, BBC Four

It is estimated that 99 per cent of Earth's species have become extinct. Professor Richard Fortey of the Natural History Museum discovers what allows the very few that survive to carry on going – perhaps not for ever, but certainly far beyond normal species life-expectancy. What makes a survivor when other species drop like flies?

From the jellyfish to the crocodile this series focuses on the survivors whose biographies stretch back millions of years and who can teach humans how it is possible to survive a mass extinction event.

Survivors (1x60 minutes) airs on BBC Four in 2011. The series was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw (Commissioner for Science and Natural History), and is executive produced by Cassian Harrison for BBC Productions and Peter Lovering at Dangerous Productions.

Dinosaurs, Myths And Monsters, BBC Four

Prehistoric bones posed an enormous conundrum in the past. What were they? What did they signify? And what were the implications of those findings? How could they be reconciled to beliefs and myths about the origins of humans and indeed, the planet? For centuries, dinosaur and other fossilised bone remains have perplexed, challenged and amazed humans.

This film tells the story of the impact of the gradual discovery of dinosaurs. It's a story which explains how ideas, explanations and philosophies altered and evolved through time and how humans developed theories to explain the mysteries of the bones.

Dinosaurs, Myths And Monsters (1x60 minutes) airs on BBC Four in 2011. The series was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw (Commissioner for Science and Natural History), and is executive produced by James Hayes for BBC Productions and Denys Blakeway at Blakeway Productions.

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