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PBS dives into one-off special “Attenborough and the Sea Dragon”

American pubcaster PBS will premiere the 60-minute doc Attenborough and the Sea Dragon as part of its award-winning Nature series later this month. The special features celebrity broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough as he ...
January 4, 2019

American pubcaster PBS will premiere the 60-minute doc Attenborough and the Sea Dragon as part of its award-winning Nature series later this month.

The special features celebrity broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough as he investigates the discovery of a new species of Ichthyosaur, a fish lizard that lived during the age of dinosaurs and boasted the very best characteristics of reptiles and mammals. Only nine species of Ichthyosaur have been discovered in the last 200 years.

Attenborough follows fossil hunter Chris Moore and his team of forensic investigators as they piece together how this Ichthyosaur died out about 90 million years ago.

The series looks at other related species and offers 3D reconstructions of the sea “dragon” to determine how the super predator lived and died.

Nature is produced by Thirteen Productions for WNET and PBS. Fred Kaufman serves as executive producer, with Bill Murphy as series producer.

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon is a BBC Studios production for PBS and BBC with Thirteen Productions. The doc special is produced and directed by Sally Thomson, with Michael Gunton serving as EP.

The doc will premiere Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS (check local listings) and will stream as of Jan. 10 on pbs.org/nature and on PBS apps.

Watch a preview below:

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