Attenborough and the Sea Dragon - About

Premieres Wednesday, January 9 at 8|7c on PBS (check local listings.)

A remarkable chance discovery is about to reveal secrets that have laid hidden for 200 million years. A super predator that ruled the ocean at the time of the dinosaurs was found in a crumbling cliff face. It’s an Ichthyosaur, a fish lizard. Older than dinosaurs, these fearsome predators had the very best characteristics of reptiles and mammals in one formidable package. They could regulate their own body temperature, had astonishingly acute eyesight, and combined speed, sensitive “prey-detecting” organs and an impressive set of teeth to hunt successfully. Sir David Attenborough hosts this detective story, from the challenging onsite extraction of the fossils to the 3D reconstruction of the creature. He looks at evidence from animals across the world to try and piece together how this “sea dragon” lived.

Production Credits Print

Produced and Directed by
SALLY THOMSON

Film Editor
MIKE DENNY

Cinematography
ROBIN COX

Sound
BILL RUDOLPH
SEAN MILLAR
ANDY HAWLEY

Graphics
HELLO CHARLIE

Original Music
ALEX STOLOFF

Scientific Consultants
BENJAMIN MOON
FIANN SMITHWICK

Additional Photography
PAUL WILLIAMS

Aerial Photography
AERIALVUE
HELIPOV

Dubbing Mixer
STEVE WILLIAMS

Online Editor
SIMON BLAND

Edit Assistant
ALAN NEAL

Production Coordinators
CASSY WALKLING
LUCY DAY

Unit Manager
WENDY MCCOMBE

Production Manager
LINDA DALE

Production Team
LAWRENCE BREEN
LANCE FEATHERSTONE
BERTIE GREGORY
BRIDGET JEFFERY
SOPHIE JOHNSON
TIM JONES
WILL RIDGEON
ANUSCHKA SCHOFIELD

Special Thanks
Schools of Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Bristol
μU-VIS X-Ray Imaging Centre, University of Southampton
State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart
Cindy Howells
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Steve Rawlins
Chester Zoo
Lyme Regis Museum
The Royal Veterinary College
Grahame Forshaw
Harbour staff of West Dorset District Council
Natural England
Figure Nine Rope Access and Rigging

Consultant Producer
MILES BARTON

BBC Commissioning Editor
TOM MCDONALD

Executive Producer
MICHAEL GUNTON

 

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Series Editor
JANET HESS

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

Coordinating Producer
JAYNE JUN

Associate Producer
JAMES F. BURKE

Legal Counsel
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

Digital Producer
HEATHER TONER

Social Media Editor
KAREN HO

Audience Engagement
CHELSEY SAATKAMP

Budget Controller
JAYNE LISI

Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL
JON BERMAN

Original Funding Provided in Part by
The Arnhold Family In Memory Of Clarisse Arnhold
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III
Kate W. Cassidy Foundation
Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust
Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao
Anderson Family Fund
Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation
Rosalind P. Walter
The Halmi Family in memory of Robert Halmi, Sr.
Sandra Atlas Bass
The Sun Hill Family Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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