The 1 x 60’ min documentary special follows naturalist and life-long T. rex enthusiast Chris Packham as he embarks on an international journey to discover the truth behind planet Earth’s most infamous predator – the Tyrannosaurus rex. Using the latest ground-breaking paleontological discoveries and cutting edge technology combined with comparative studies of modern animals we redefine this iconic dinosaur, debunking centuries of inaccuracy and misrepresentation fuelled by films and gaps in our scientific understanding.
The journey spans the globe. Starting in the badlands of Montana, a T.rex is pulled from the rocks for the first time in 65 million years. In the swamps of Alabama Dr. Gregory Erickson measures the bite of an alligator to unlock the mysteries of the infamous T.rex bite. Using drone technology, prehistoric track ways in Texas are deciphered providing vital clues about the way T.rex moved and how fast. In Ohio CT scanners provide a portal in to the mind of the formidable creature that sheds light on the intelligence, senses and even social side. And in a music studio in Berlin sounds from the natural world are altered, according to the latest research, to give rex a voice.
As the journey for the real T. rex counties the Hollywood myths are finally stripped away to uncover the astonishing truth about an animal we all thought we knew and loved. By utilizing the latest CGI wizardry, the most scientifically accurate T. rex is built from the bones up for viewers to witness in all its glory.
A stomping portrait of the Jurassic Park beastie – The Real T. rex with Chris Packham…its ground shaking enthusiasm was difficult to resist.
4/5 stars - Telegraph 2nd January 2018, Ed Power
…a documentary that fizzed with energy. Even if you thought you’d long grown out of dinosaurs, this was as much fun as watching Jurassic Park for the first time with a barrel of popcorn.
5/5 stars - Daily Mail 3rd January 2018, Christopher Stevens
Giants of natural world bring glamour and wonder to T-rex TV…my whole life has been spent waiting for the ultimate Man vs. Beast clash – and last night it arrived…T. rex TV is powerful and fascinating.
Independent 3rd January 2018, Sean O’Grady