Walking with Dinosaurs

Watch Walking with Dinosaurs

  • TV-14
  • 2002
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (5,615)

This six-part documentary series combines computer-generated animations, animatronics, and live action footage to illustrate the lives of dinosaurs and the environments they inhabited. The format of the series emulates traditional nature documentaries that present the lives and habits of contemporary animals. The series first aired on the BBC in 1999 and on the Discovery cable network in 2000.

Walking with Dinosaurs
Filter by Source

Seasons
Death of a Dynasty
6. Death of a Dynasty
November 8, 1999
After 160 million years of dominating life on earth the dinosaurs appear as vigorous as ever. Yet closer study reveals there are hidden stresses and the rich ecosystem hides problems. Volcanic activity is high and disease and sterile eggs common. The central character in the program is a female Tyrannosaur that is trying to raise a new brood of chicks. As the program starts, small mammals are already swarming over one nest that she has abandoned and she is looking to mate again. She lives at the base of an active volcano and the migration of local herds has been disrupted by lava flow. She finds a mate and starts a second nest but it needs constant attention, as mammal populations are unusually high. After several months she successfully hatches some of her eggs, but in an attempt to protect the young chicks, an Ankylosaurus kills her.
Spirits of the Ice Forest
5. Spirits of the Ice Forest
November 1, 1999
Throughout the entire time of the dinosaurs there were no ice caps on the poles. In the mid Cretaceous period, thick forests covered Antarctica. Although the climate here was warm, the sun would set completely for two months during the winter and then, for the first time in their history, dinosaurs would have faced ice and frost. The animals that lived here evolved to cope with what was, by dinosaur standards, the most extreme of environments. The program follows a small group of social herbivores called Laellynasaura that live in the forest all year round. It starts with spring as the little dinosaurs survive another long dark winter. As the forest comes alive, the Laellynasaura build nests together and lay eggs. Gradually other dinosaurs migrate down from the north and start to graze in the river valleys.
Giant of the Skies
4. Giant of the Skies
October 25, 1999
On a deserted beach lies the dead body of a giant pterosaur, an Ornithocheirus. With wingspans of up to 13 meters, these were the largest flying creatures ever. There is no sign of why this one died but over the course of the program, it is revealed how this King of the Sky met his end after undertaking an epic flight to find a mate. The program picks up several months earlier on a windy cliff edge on the coast of Brazil where the mating season has begun for a bizarre-looking pterosaur, Tapejara, is in full swing. On every ledge the males duck and bob their fantastic red crests to attract a mate. The solitary Ornithocheirus is here too, dwarfing the local inhabitants. He has ended up in Brazil after wandering thousands of miles in search of food but now he has to return home to his own mating ground in southern Europe. His flight takes him up the coast of Northern America.
Cruel Sea
3. Cruel Sea
October 18, 1999
For all the successes of dinosaurs on land, they never made it into the sea; that is the realm of an entirely different group of reptiles, no less successful and no less awesome. The Jurassic sea boasted the largest carnivore on the planet, Liopleurodon. At 25 metres, this monster was the same size as a blue whale but armed with teeth that were a quarter of a metre long. Ophthalmosaurus, the fastest animal in the sea, was also frightening and used his large eyes for nighttime hunting. The program follows the dramatic conflicts of nature that are an annual event in the waters around the small group of islands in the Jurassic sea. It starts with the invasion of hundreds of pregnant Ophthalmosaurus who have come to give birth in the shallow protected waters. The young pups learn to fend for themselves in seas where they are prey for the sharks and even for their own parents.
Time of the Titans
2. Time of the Titans
October 11, 1999
By the late Jurassic period, dinosaurs dominated the globe and the most widespread group of all was the sauropods. These long-necked herbivores were giants even among dinosaurs, weighing between 20 and 70 tons. This single program spans 12 years, following the hatching of a tiny Diplodocus through her struggle for survival until she reaches maturity and mates for the first time, completing the circle of life. The action opens with a huge mother laying her eggs on the edge of a vast forest. She then abandons them and when they hatch they have to run the gauntlet of every predator in the area as they make their own way deep into the woods and seek the protection of dense vegetation. We follow one female over the years as she gradually piles on the tons, avoiding dangers from hungry carnivores and fire.
New Blood
1. New Blood
October 4, 1999
Set in the mid-Triassic period, when the world was still recovering from a massive extinction that millions of years before wiped out 95 per cent of life. Across most of the Earth lie vast deserts but near the poles the weather in monsoonal. Here life is rebuilding the diversity that once existed. The program follows a small group of animals in a river valley through the dry season. Large herds of the Placerias, an ancient, bulky reptile, feed off the fern prairies. Primitive mammals dig burrows beneath them, small pterosaurs chase insects in the air and an agile little dinosaur called Coelophysis lives on its wits among them. Terrorizing all these creatures is the giant predator Postosuchus, a fearsome land crocodile with a head like a Tyrannosaurus. As the drought drags on, all the creatures are affected by it. The herds dwindle and the mammals lose their offspring.
Description

This six-part documentary series combines computer-generated animations, animatronics, and live action footage to illustrate the lives of dinosaurs and the environments they inhabited. The format of the series emulates traditional nature documentaries that present the lives and habits of contemporary animals. The series first aired on the BBC in 1999 and on the Discovery cable network in 2000.

Walking with Dinosaurs is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on December 30, 2002.

Where to Watch Walking with Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Walking with Dinosaurs on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    December 30, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (5,615)