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BBC revives Walking With Dinosaurs

June 5, 2024

Twenty five years after it first aired, Walking With Dinosaurs is returning to TV screens in a major new BBC Studios production for the BBC and PBS, co-produced with ZDF and France Télévisions. Arriving in 2025, this new series will take viewers on a journey back through time, revealing the incredible life stories of these long-lost giants.

Across the six episodes, viewers will meet a range of dinosaur species in an array of prehistoric landscapes. These include a Spinosaurus – the largest carnivorous dinosaur to ever walk the earth – roaming the rivers of ancient Morocco; a youthful Triceratops battling a ravenous T-Rex in North America; and a lonely giant Lusotitan risking it all for a love in Portugal.

Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual, commented: “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.”

Sylvia Bugg, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, said: “Our human fascination with dinosaurs has remained steadfast, and we are excited to bring PBS audiences this reimagined perspective on these dynamic creatures, combining engaging narratives, backed by the latest science. As production on this series is in early stages, we look forward to sharing more over the coming year through first-look previews and educational resources, giving audiences a deeper understanding of the dinosaurs’ existence.”

Andrew Cohen, Head of BBC Studios Science Unit, commented: “There is no bigger science series than Walking with Dinosaurs and we are incredibly excited to be bringing this much-loved brand to a whole new generation of audiences around the world. It’s the ultimate dinosaur show, where you’ll be hiding behind the sofa one moment and having your mind blown the next. The prehistoric world meets premium documentary production, like never before.”

The series first aired on the BBC in 1999 with narration by Kenneth Branagh.

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