Duke and Duchess join Attenborough for 3D TV premiere

12 December 2013

The Museum came alive again yesterday for a gala preview of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D, in which Sir David brings extinct animals to life.

The film, to be shown on Sky on New Year's Day, is a collaboration between Sir David, Museum experts and the makers of hit film Gravity. David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive

duchess in 3D glasses

The Duchess compares glasses with Museum Director Dr Michael Dixon © Getty.

This was the first role for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge as Patron of the Museum. 

Among the audience for the screening were Stephen Dillane, Natasha Kaplinksy, Annabel Croft and Bruce Parry. They were joined by other supporters of the Museum and Sky staff and investors.

After the premiere screening, Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan took questions with Sir David Attenborough, Dr Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum dinosaur researcher, Anthony Geffen, CEO of Atlantic Productions, and Celia Taylor, Head of Factual Programmes at Sky.

Dr Michael Dixon, Director of the Museum, said, ‘It was a real pleasure to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge as our Patron, and The Duke of Cambridge as an old friend of the Museum to this event. Tonight’s premiere was our first chance to share this innovative Sky 3D film, which builds on our long friendship with David Attenborough and explores our collections as never before.’

Palaeontologist Dr Paul Barrett

Museum palaeontologist Dr Paul Barrett, who was involved in the making of the film, meets the Duchess of Cambridge at the gala screening © Getty.

Two 3D screens have been installed in the Central Hall for visitors to catch a 60-second glimpse of the film. The screens use the latest autostereoscopy technology, which lets visitors enjoy the 3D footage without wearing glasses.

Watch a 3D preview on screens in the Museum