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Release Date:
27 March 2003 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
Eye-to-eye with your ancestors.
Plot:
The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution. Full summary »
User Reviews:
Potentially good program ruined by ridiculous presentation See more (5 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [14])
Robert Winston ... Himself - Presenter (4 episodes, 2003)

Alec Baldwin ... Narrator (USA version) (4 episodes, 2003)
Christian Bradley ... Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)

Alex Palmer ... Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Oliver Parham ... Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
David Rubin ... Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Florence Sparham ... Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Marva Alexander ... Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Rachel Essex ... Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Faroque Khan ... Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Suzanne Cave ... Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
Ruth Dawes ... Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
Anthony Taylor ... Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)

Badria Timimi ... Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)

Series Directed by
Richard Dale (4 episodes, 2003)
Pierre de Lespinois (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Olmert (4 episodes, 2003)

Series Produced by
Richard Dale .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Peter Georgi .... series producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Sandra Gorel .... new media producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Nick Green .... assistant producer / producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Mark Hedgecoe .... producer (4 episodes, 2003)

Bill Latka .... producer (unknown episodes)
Pierre de Lespinois .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Steven Manuel .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Alan Parker (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Film Editing by
David W. Foster (4 episodes, 2003)
Tim Murrell (2 episodes, 2003)
Peter Parnham (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Casting by
Paul Dale (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Production Design by
Tim Goodchild (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jenny Bowers (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Makeup Department
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (4 episodes, 2003)
Tina Foster .... prosthetic makeup / prosthetic makeup artist (2 episodes, 2003)
Barrie Gower .... prosthetic makeup artist (2 episodes, 2003)
Julian Murray .... prosthetic makeup (2 episodes, 2003)
Nik Williams .... prosthetic makeup / prosthetic makeup artist (2 episodes, 2003)

Dan Frye .... makeup effects lab technician (unknown episodes)
Matthew Smith .... prosthetic makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Paul Ralph .... production manager (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Dale .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2003)
Matthew Scrivener .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Art Department
Andre Birgisson .... property master (3 episodes, 2003)

Oliver Dear .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound designer (4 episodes, 2003)
Kenny Clark .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 2003)
Anneline De Kock .... boom operator (4 episodes, 2003)
Michael Keinath .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2003)
Arthur Kondouries .... sound (4 episodes, 2003)
Tim White .... production sound mixer (4 episodes, 2003)
Keith Silva .... sound / sound mixer (2 episodes, 2003)

Nicholas Bunker .... boom operator: US version (unknown episodes)
Peter Crooks .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
Samir Foco .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Roger Titley .... physical effects (3 episodes, 2003)
Nicolette Van Wyk .... physical effects (3 episodes, 2003)
Tina Foster .... creature animatronics (2 episodes, 2003)
Julian Murray .... creature animatronics (2 episodes, 2003)
Nik Williams .... creature animatronics (2 episodes, 2003)

Tim Goodchild .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Benjamin Palmer .... animatronic engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Aidan Farrell .... colourist (4 episodes, 2003)
Tim Goodchild .... visual effects director (4 episodes, 2003)
Tim Ellison .... visual effects compositor (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Stunts
Grant Hulley .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 2003)

Janine Wyatt-Mair .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Barlow .... additional photographer (4 episodes, 2003)
Mike Caine .... photographer (4 episodes, 2003)
J.P. de Lespinois .... grip (4 episodes, 2003)
Houston Hadden .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2003)
Chris Hartley .... photographer (4 episodes, 2003)
Rick Manzanero .... photographer (4 episodes, 2003)
Jay Jay Odedra .... photographer (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Animation Department
Diane Staniforth .... character designer and sculptor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Lynch .... executive editor (4 episodes, 2003)
Gerard Evans .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2003)
Peter Parnham .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer (4 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Other crew
Leslie Aiello .... scientific consultant (4 episodes, 2003)
Liz Collier .... production team / production team assistant (4 episodes, 2003)
Claire Imber .... scientific consultant (4 episodes, 2003)
Patsy Rodenburg .... director: voices (4 episodes, 2003)
Chris Stringer .... scientific consultant (4 episodes, 2003)
Peter Badcock .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2003)
Rick Matthews .... production head: South Africa (3 episodes, 2003)
Robin Chalkley .... production team (2 episodes, 2003)

Joline Laarman .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Potentially good program ruined by ridiculous presentation, 15 February 2007
Author: robhiphop from Perth Australia

I wanted to enjoy the "Walking With Cavemen" series and there were moments that were informative and sufficiently awe inspiring. The atmosphere of a serious look at human evolution was severely compromised, however, by the completely ridiculous insertion of the presenter, Robert Winston, into the action, as if he was traveling back in time to witness our ancestors first hand. Not only does Robert Winston have a silly looking mustache and an annoying manner, but we have to watch him racing about the prehistoric world in a variety of vehicles, as if he was the star of an action movie. In several hilarious moments, we even see Winston exchanging "meaningful" glances with our ape-like ancestors. By the time I saw Winston hovering above Africa, observing our ancestors from a hot air balloon, I was about ready to chuck the DVD out of the window in despair.

Even if you take Winston out of the equation, this documentary is sketchy and implausible at best. The "script-writers" can't seem to resist building narratives out of the lives of our ancestors, for example, in the whole situation with "Lucy" and her baby, which is presented as if it was an actual scenario that took place. Every point that is made is essentially presented as "fact", and while I am no expert on the subject, I found myself immediately questioning how they could possibly know these things. For example, Winston seemed quite insistent that the Neanderthals had "no imagination". Philosophical speculation about imagination being an essential component of consciousness aside, the discoveries of what appear to be burial grounds, complete with residues of garlanded flowers about the skulls of dead Neanderthals, was completely ignored, and would suggest that the Neanderthals did indeed have sufficient imagination to at least have some sort of concept of an afterlife. The documentary went on and on, presenting little in the way of evidence for any of the assertions it put forward or the scenarios that were constructed, which were often embarrassingly cheesy and played for comic effect.

As a work of fiction and imagination, perhaps, the "documentary" did succeed on some level, and the overwhelmingly interesting nature of the subject matter could not be completely sabotaged by the manner of presentation. But even the make-up, acting and special effects employed in the depiction of our ancestors had not progressed to any significant degree from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film made more than thirty years beforehand. Particularly laughable was a moment when several of our ancestors were confronted by a giant and angry gorilla in the prehistoric jungles of Asia, which played out like something from a fifties B-movie about Cavemen vs. the Monsters.

"Walking With Cavemen" is still a mildly entertaining and informative program, if not to be taken entirely seriously as a genuine presentation of science. The less heralded (and unfortunately still unavailable on DVD) Channel 4 presentation "Neanderthal", was a much better effort.

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