BBC & PBS go ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ again as prehistoric nature doc returns after 25 years

Walking With Dinosaurs (Source: BBC)

British pubcaster the BBC and PBS in the US are reviving prehistoric nature docuseries Walking With Dinosaurs, more than 25 years since it first appeared on screens.

The 6 x 60-minute BBC Studios production for BBC and PBS, is being co-produced with ZDF and France Télévisions, and is set to launch in 2025.

Each episode will tell the story of an individual dinosaur whose remains are currently being unearthed by leading dinosaur hunters. Through cutting-edge science, experts can reveal how these prehistoric creatures lived, hunted, fought and died more accurately than ever before.

As the dinosaur’s bones emerge from the ground, the series will bring these prehistoric stories to life with state-of-the-art visual effects – making each episode a dinosaur drama based on the very latest evidence.

Originally created by Tim Haines and the BBC Science Unit, Walking With Dinosaurs first aired on the BBC in 1999 with narration by Kenneth Branagh, with Avery Brooks providing voice-over when the show launched on Discovery Channel in the US in 2000.

For the revival, executive producers are Andrew Cohen and Helen Thomas; the showrunner is Kirsty Wilson; the producer/directors are Stephen Cooter; Tom Hewitson and Owen Gower; and the line producers are Max Brunold and Libby Hand.

Jack Bootle BBC head of commissioning, specialist factual, said: “A whole new generation of viewers is about to fall in love with Walking With Dinosaurs. The original series was one of the most exciting factual shows of all time, and this reinvention builds on that amazing legacy. Each episode is underpinned by the very latest science but is also filled with drama – making this a series for both dino lovers and people who just want to be told a great story.”

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