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The Walking with... series (also known as the Trilogy of Life or Walking with Prehistoric Life series) is a collection of shows that are produced by the BBC and are made by Impossible Pictures. The aim of the series and specials, along with its books, is to recreate extinct animals and presents them as a wildlife documentary. All the shows (with the exception of Chased by Dinosaurs, Sea Monsters and Prehistoric Park) focus on one individual of a certain species or that species as the main characters in each episode. Creatures were realized through computer graphics and animatronics and are directed by Tim Haines. The concept for the series was imagined by Tim Haines and Jasper James.

Series[edit]

This six-part series is focused on the rise, success, and the demise of the dinosaurs and other animals in the Mesozoic Era.

Puppet heads used in the series, Horniman Museum, London

This six-part series is a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, and its focus is on the world after the dinosaurs, and the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic Era. It was released in North America as Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.

This three-part series is a prequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, and its focus is life before the dinosaurs, in the Paleozoic Era.

Specials[edit]

This special follows the life and death of "Big Al", a famous Allosaurus skeleton found with various injuries. In the North American market, it was released under the title Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special.

In these two episodes, real-life zoologist Nigel Marven travels through time in search for various dinosaurs.

In this three-part series, Marven again travels through time to encounter many prehistoric marine creatures that lived during, before, and after dinosaurs. In North America it was titled Chased by Sea Monsters.

Spin-offs[edit]

This four-part spin-off series recounts the evolution of humans.

This spin-off series concludes Marven's prehistoric adventures as he travels through time to rescue extinct species and bring them to be held in a modern day sanctuary, Prehistoric Park.

Timeline of episodes[edit]

Time Geological period Series Episode
4400 mya Early Precambrian Walking with Monsters "Water Dwellers"
530 mya Early Cambrian Walking with Monsters "Water Dwellers"
450 mya Late Ordovician Sea Monsters "The Seventh Most Deadly Sea"
418 mya Late Silurian Walking with Monsters "Water Dwellers"
360 mya Late Devonian Sea Monsters "The Fifth Most Deadly Sea"
360 mya Late Devonian Walking with Monsters "Water Dwellers"
300 mya Late Carboniferous Walking with Monsters "Reptile's Beginnings"
300 mya Late Carboniferous Prehistoric Park "The Bug House"
280 mya Early Permian Walking with Monsters "Reptile's Beginnings"
250 mya Late Permian Walking with Monsters "Clash of Titans"
248 mya Early Triassic Walking with Monsters "Clash of Titans"
230 mya Late Triassic Sea Monsters "The Sixth Most Deadly Sea"
220 mya Late Triassic Walking with Dinosaurs "New Blood"
155 mya Late Jurassic Sea Monsters "The Second Most Deadly Sea"
152 mya Late Jurassic Walking with Dinosaurs "Time of the Titans"
149 mya Late Jurassic Walking with Dinosaurs "Cruel Sea"
145 mya Late Jurassic The Ballad of Big Al "The Ballad of Big Al"
127 mya Early Cretaceous Walking with Dinosaurs "Giant of the Skies"
125 mya Early Cretaceous Prehistoric Park "Dinobirds"
106 mya Early/Middle Cretaceous Walking with Dinosaurs "Spirits of the Ice Forest"
100 mya Early/Middle Cretaceous Chased by Dinosaurs "Land of Giants"
75 mya Late Cretaceous Chased by Dinosaurs "The Giant Claw"
75 mya Late Cretaceous Sea Monsters "The Most Deadly Sea Ever"
75 mya Late Cretaceous Prehistoric Park "Supercroc"
65 mya Late Cretaceous Walking with Dinosaurs "Death of a Dynasty"
65 mya Late Cretaceous Prehistoric Park "T. Rex Returns"
49 mya Early Eocene Walking with Beasts "New Dawn"
36 mya Late Eocene Walking with Beasts "Whale Killer"
36 mya Late Eocene Sea Monsters "The Fourth Most Deadly Sea"
25 mya Late Oligocene Walking with Beasts "Land of Giants"
4 mya Early Pliocene Sea Monsters "The Third Most Deadly Sea"
3.2 mya Late Pliocene Walking with Beasts "Next of Kin"
3.2 mya Late Pliocene Walking with Cavemen "First Ancestors"
2 mya Early Pleistocene Walking with Cavemen "Blood Brothers"
1.5 mya Early Pleistocene Walking with Cavemen "Savage Family"
1 mya Early Pleistocene Walking with Beasts "Sabre Tooth"
1 mya Early Pleistocene Prehistoric Park "Saving the Sabretooth"
500,000 ya Late Pleistocene Walking with Cavemen "Savage Family"
400,000 ya Late Pleistocene Walking with Cavemen "The Survivors"
150,000 ya Late Pleistocene Prehistoric Park "A Mammoth Undertaking"
30,000 ya Late Pleistocene Walking with Beasts "Mammoth Journey"
30,000 ya Late Pleistocene Walking with Cavemen "The Survivors"
10,000 ya Holocene Prehistoric Park "A Mammoth Undertaking"
10,000 ya Holocene Prehistoric Park "Saving the Sabretooth"

Crew[edit]

Series Narrators Directors Producers Executive Producers Creators and (or) Developers Cinematography Editors Creative Directors Composers Released
Walking with Dinosaurs Kenneth Branagh and Avery Brooks Tim Haines and Jasper James Tim Haines and Japser James John Lynch Tim Haines John Howarth and Michael Pitts Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 1999 (1999)
Walking with Beasts Kenneth Branagh and Stockard Channing Jasper James and Nigel Paterson Jasper James and Nigel Paterson Tim Haines Tim Haines, Jasper James and Andrew Wilks John Howarth and Michael Pitts Greg Smith and Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 2001 (2001)
Walking with Monsters Kenneth Branagh and Edward Gero Chloe Leland and Tim Haines Chloe Leland Tim Haines Andrew Wilks Peter Thorn and Paul Jenkins Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 2005 (2005)

Books[edit]

Several books were released that directly accompanied different series in the Walking with... series. These include the following:

  • Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History by Tim Haines
  • Walking with Beasts: A Prehistoric Safari by Tim Haines
  • Chased by Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Predators of the Deep by Nigel Marven and Jasper James
  • The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life by Tim Haines and Paul Chambers
  • Walking with Cavemen by John Lynch
  • Prehistoric Park by Nigel Marven and Susan Evento

Related books issued by the BBC and Dorling Kindersley include:

  • Walking with Dinosaurs 3-D Dinosaurs by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence by David Martill and Darren Naish
  • Walking with Dinosaurs Sticker Book by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: Fascinating Facts by Mike Benton
  • Walking with Dinosaurs Photo Journal by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Beasts Photo Journal by Stephen Cole
  • Allosaurus! The Life and Death of Big Al by Stephen Cole

Accolades[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Chased by Dinosaurs Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen Prehistoric Park
Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour) Won Won Won Won Won
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Won Nominated Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program Won Won
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing in Non-Fiction Program Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special Nominated
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-Fiction Program Nominated

BAFTA Awards[edit]

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Chased by Dinosaurs Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen Prehistoric Park
Innovation Won
Best Original Television Music Won
Lew Grade Award Nominated
Best Sound (Factual) Nominated
Best Visual Effects and Graphic Design Nominated Nominated Won (only 'The Giant Claw') Won
Interactive Entertainment Award Won (As a part of BBC Natural History)

Visual Effects Society Awards[edit]

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Chased by Dinosaurs Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen Prehistoric Park
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Series Nominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special Won
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series Nominated (Only Episode 4)

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