Making David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive

See behind the scenes of Sir David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive.

The 50-minute documentary shows how Sir David learnt to act with the invisible animals, later brought to life in CGI with scientists and special effects artists.

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Sir David meets a dodo

Sir David meets a dodo

Making David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive reveals the science and the art behind the programme. Watch and find out how the producers turned extinct creatures into walking, jumping and swimming 'living' beings, just for one night. 

  • Watch a dodo jump out of an oil painting and peck at Sir David's legs. 
  • Witness our fossil Archaeopteryx rise up from its rock slab, acquiring flesh and feathers, before flying majestically around the Central Hall. 
  • Hear why Sir David sometimes felt embarrassed during filming. 
  • And discover how sock puppets and Ambam the gorilla played essential roles in the production.

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