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Walking with Prehistoric Beasts: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Northern Europe is a scene of grassy plenty, where many animals spend the brief Ice Age summer gorging on vegetation. Among them are the mammoths. This program follows one particular herd. Like all mammoth herds, this one is populated mostly by females - males leave the herd in adolescence. There is a 12 year-old adolescent and a 6 month old calf. The eldest member of the herd is the matriarch. It is she who makes sure they get through the necessary migration safely.

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1
Release Date:
15 November 2001 (UK) See more »
Plot:
Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Unique documentary series about extinct mammals See more (11 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 17)

Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (8 episodes, 2001)

Stockard Channing ... Narrator (U.S.A Version) (8 episodes, 2001)
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Series Directed by
Nigel Paterson (6 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James (4 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Writing credits
Kate Bartlett (6 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James (6 episodes, 2001)
Michael Olmert (6 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Paterson (6 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Joshua C. Berkley .... post-producer: USA (8 episodes, 2001)
Sandra Gorel .... new media producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Tim Haines .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James .... series producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Mick Kaczorowski .... executive producer / executive producer: Discovery Channel (8 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Paterson .... producer (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Original Music by
Ben Bartlett (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Film Editing by
Greg Smith (8 episodes, 2001)
Andrew Wilks (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Makeup Department
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Production Management
W. Clark Bunting .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel (1 episode, 2001)
Claire Downey .... post-production supervisor: USA (1 episode, 2001)
Anna Mishcon .... production manager (1 episode, 2001)
Sara Yerman .... production manager: Discovery Channel (1 episode, 2001)
 
Series Art Department
Josh Weston .... sculptor (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound designer (3 episodes, 2001)
Chris Burdon .... dubbing mixer / sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2001)
Kenny Clark .... sound designer (3 episodes, 2001)
Peter Crooks .... foley editor (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Special Effects by
Andy Hunt .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (6 episodes, 2001)
Nick Ball .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Booth .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Jamie Campbell .... physical effects (3 episodes, 2001)
Richard Gregory .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Tamzine Hanks .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Jez Harris .... animatronics supervisor: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Lindsay Harris .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Annika Hellgren .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Jeremy Hunt .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Reza Karim .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Charley Kingan .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Stuart Leach .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Waldo Mason .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Bobbi Roberts .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Tim Rose .... puppeteer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Tristan Schoonraad .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Colin Shulver .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Karen Stone .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Maria Swindell .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Annabel Tait .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Richard Van Den Bergh .... physical effects (3 episodes, 2001)
Jeni Walker .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Kevin Walker .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Carl Wilson .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (3 episodes, 2001)
Tacy Kneale .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Matthew Leach .... vfx runner (8 episodes, 2001)
Alex Burt .... animator: Framestore CFC (6 episodes, 2001)
Mike Milne .... director of computer animation: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)
Sharon Reed .... computer animation executive producer: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)
William Sargent .... computer animation executive producer: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)
Avtar Bains .... digital effects artist: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Oliver Bersey .... digital effects artist: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Will Braithwaite .... research & development (3 episodes, 2001)
Adam Burnett .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Darren Byford .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Steve Carey .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Simon Clarke .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Peter Clayton .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Oliver Cook .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Michael Davis .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Virginie Degorgue .... creature skin painter: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Richard Dexter .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Laura Dias .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Richard Ducker .... digital artist: character setup/rigging (3 episodes, 2001)
Stuart M. Ellis .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Catherine Elvidge .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Theo Facey .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
David Fish .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Danny Geurtsen .... creature skin painter: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Neil Glasbey .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Jane Gratkowski .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Timothy Greenwood .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Scott Griffin .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Karen Halliwell .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Guy Hauldren .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Rebekah Hay .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Daren Horley .... creature skin painter: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Jason Horley .... creature skin painter: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Wayne Howe .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
David Hulin .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Eleanor Jackson .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
John Peter Li .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Chi Kwong Lo .... software developer: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Sophie Lodge .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Robyn Luckham .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Martin Macrae .... creature skin painter: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Virgil Manning .... animation supervisor: Framestore / computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Christian Manz .... digital effects artist: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
David Marsh .... computer graphics supervisor: Framestore CFC (3 episodes, 2001)
Thomas Parker .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Alex Parkinson .... software developer: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Steffan Perry .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital effects artist: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
George Roper .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Asa Shoul .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
James Studdart .... software developer: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Sarah Tosh von Fersen .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Jon Turburfield .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Max Tyrie .... animation supervisor: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Sean Varney .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Jon Veal .... computer animator: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Fiona Walkinshaw .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Simon Whalley .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
Kate Windibank .... digital effects artist: Framestore (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Thorn .... assistant camera / photographer (5 episodes, 2001)
John Howarth .... photographer (3 episodes, 2001)
John Evans .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2001)
Michael Pitts .... photographer (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Animation Department
Sophie Lodge .... animator (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Editorial Department
Mick Kaczorowski .... managing editor (8 episodes, 2001)
Mark Francesco .... assistant editor: USA (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Music Department
Dominic Sewell .... music preparation (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Other crew
Leslie Aiello .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Robert McNeill Alexander .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Mauricio Anton .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Annie Bates .... researcher (3 episodes, 2001)
Geoffrey Bell .... helicam operator (3 episodes, 2001)
Bob Brain .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Steve Burns .... senior vice president: production: Discovery Channel (3 episodes, 2001)
Paul Chambers .... researcher (3 episodes, 2001)
Bob Chandler .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Margery Coombs .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Robin Crompton .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Anna Dufendach .... production assistant: USA (3 episodes, 2001)
Richard Farina .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Patricia Fearnley .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2001)
Frank Fish .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Mikael Fortelius .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Scott E. Foss .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Jens-Lorenz Franzen .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Alexandria Freeman .... researcher (3 episodes, 2001)
Vanessa Fry .... production coordinator / production staff (3 episodes, 2001)
Philip Gingerich .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Samantha Henham-Barrow .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2001)
Claire Imber .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Mark Johnston .... production assistant: Discovery Channel (3 episodes, 2001)
Adrian Lister .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Steven Long .... production staff (3 episodes, 2001)
Herbert Lutz .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Tony Martin .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Greg McDonald .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Michael Morlo .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Maureen O'Leary .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Paterson .... location director (3 episodes, 2001)
Shannon Pote-Marino .... production assistant: Discovery Channel (3 episodes, 2001)
Donald Prothero .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Paul Ralph .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2001)
Randy Reiches .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Olga Soffer .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Hans Thewissen .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Alan Turner .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Mark Uhen .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Peter Ungar .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Tjeerd Van Andel .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
Larry Witmer .... principal scientific advisor (3 episodes, 2001)
 

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Also Known As:
"Walking with Beasts" - UK (original title)
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180 min
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Trivia:
During the filming of the scene in which the Ambulocetus lunges out of the water at the Propalaeotherium, the jaw of the Ambulocetus prop smashed against a rock and broke. In the finished program, the scene was done with a CGI Ambulocetus instead.See more »
Quotes:
[Last lines.]
Kenneth Branagh:[narrating] We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: no species lasts forever.
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FAQ

Do the prehistoric animal reconstructions of the show still hold up?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unique documentary series about extinct mammals, 3 March 2003
Author: poc-1 from Cork, Ireland

Considering how many dinosaur documentaries have been made it is good to see the BBC filling the 65 Million year gap since the end of those big lizards.

Each episode is made in the form of a story as we follow a particular animal or group in its fight for survival. The science and behaviour of the animals is introduced as it intersects with the story.

I don't agree with one poster who commented that too much of the documentary is speculation. In fact if you check the BBC website, you can see that all claims are based on some evidence. Clearly it cannot claim to be completely accurate, and some compromises must be made. Many things, such as the colours and markings of the animals have to be guessed. However even then there are plenty of cases where there is good evidence such as cave paintings and fossilised skin. This includes Megaloceros and the Mammoth. We know so much more about mammals than dinosaurs that educated guesses about can be made using our knowledge of the appearance and behaviour of modern animals.

In most case the computer based rendering of the animals is utterly convincing. The filmmakers went to considerable trouble to integrate real locations with computer rendered animals. Real scenes with leaves rustling, splashes in the water and footprints in the snow were filmed leaving a space for the computer generated beasts afterwards. There are some less convincing ones such as the Australopithecines, which is a pity because the origin of mankind is one of the most important points on the timeline. One minor criticism is that occasionally the animals' movements look repetitive and unnatural. This is a small flaw and doesn't get in the way of the story.

Overall this is a highly enjoyable and well put together series.





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