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Walking with Cavemen: Season 1: Episode 3 -- An extraordinary new breed of ape-men called Homo egaster has taken over Africa. They are expert tool makers, food-finders and travellers, but where they differ most from their predecessors is in their communal lifestyle.


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Release Date:
27 March 2003 (UK) See more »
Eye-to-eye with your ancestors.
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 »
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Enjoyable, though predictably racist. See more (4 total) »


 (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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UK:30 min (4 episodes) | USA:100 min

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In "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts" (2001), the Australopithecus were portrayed via computer graphics and animatronic puppets because of their non-humanlike proportions. In this show, they are all actors wearing extensive makeup (minus the baby Australopithecus, which is of course a puppet). This method sacrificed anatomical accuracy for more expressive and diverse characters.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The program features many badly made composite shots. The ape-men playing with the presenter's jeep at times have a different hue than the surroundings, their movements are out of sync with the jeep as they make it rock, and they aren't reflected on the vehicle, whereas the presenter is.See more »


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5 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, though predictably racist., 30 July 2007
Author: reg-210 from Philadelphia

It would be nice to one day watch a documentary about human species where the theories didn't make it obvious which species wrote it. The idea present that the Neanderthals were "no match" for us -- us with our far weaker muscles, weaker bones, and smaller brains, is ridiculous. There are many things that could have wiped out the Neanderthals. Despite our wish for it to be true, us out-competing them is not one of the likely ones.

Like most documentaries on subjects with more questions than answers, "Walking With Cavemen," presented vast amounts of speculation as if it were fact. Some of the speculation was questionable, like the degree they modeled earlier species' behavior after chimps, the claim that Neanderthals lacked imagination, and the depiction of Neanderthals' lifestyle. For example, showing them poorly sewn skins and living in caves. Of course all human species would live in caves from time to time, but Neanderthals primarily lived in tents.

Yet for all that, it was good on several other levels. The best part was how our forebearers were depicted with the gravity and intelligence that they would have had, people who we would have been able to empathize with and relate to. The actors were excellent. The way they were physically depicted, by modifying the modern human form with prosthetics, gives a much more realistic picture than the other approaches that have been taken. The worst failing in the physical appearance department is showing every species but ours as unkempt, despite grooming being shown as one of our earliest behaviors.

For me one of the best parts of the series (though one of the worst for another reviewer) was the host Robert Winston (I was fortunate to watch the British version). By stalking our forebearers in everything from jeeps to hot air balloons, he basically plays a throwback to the early British explorer/anthropologists in Africa, bringing with him all of British civility, and an deep intellectual curiosity and affection for his subjects.

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