The Amazing Animals that Time has Left Behind
Prehistoric Park is a six-episode mockumentary television mini-series that premiered on ITV on July 22, 2006 and on Animal Planet on October 29, 2006.
Join zoologist and wildlife expert Nigel Marven as he travels back in time to capture the most amazing creatures ever to exist. Step into the hostile climates of the Cretaceous, Pleistocene and Paleozoic time periods, learn what killed these incredible creatures as Marven brings them back to the most incredible zoo never to exist, Prehistoric Park.
The program was produced by Impossible Pictures, who also created Walking with Dinosaurs. In 2007, ITV cancelled Prehistoric Park, but introduced the new show Primeval as an apparent replacement.
Each episode is an hour long including commercial breaks. The program is narrated by David Jason and presented by Nigel Marven.
The fictional component is the theme that Nigel goes back to various geological time periods through a time portal, and brings back live specimens of extinct animals back to the present day, where they are exhibited in a wildlife park named Prehistoric Park, which is a big area between high steep mountains and ocean (which serve to help confine any escapes) with varied environments.
Zoologist Nigel Marven travels back to the Cretaceous
Montana on a mission to rescue Tyrannosaurus Rex. As a wave of
devastation heads towards him, he coaxes two baby Tyrannosaurs through
the portal and into the park – naming them Terence and Matilda in the
With the park up and running, Marven
travels 10,000 years back to the ice age, in search of the last
remaining woolly mammoths. After an unexpected encounter with a cave
bear, he successfully returns with an injured female mammoth he calls
Head 135 million years back to
prehistoric China on a search for a winged dinosaur called a
Microraptor. To host Nigel Marven's surprise, a devastating volcanic
eruption forces him to rescue not only the Microraptors, but a huge
Titanosaurs as well.
A huge Titanosaurs
escapes its compound as Marven leaves on an expedition to prehistoric
South America. Accompanied by big cat expert Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the
two search for the legendary Sabre-Tooth cat as they face eternal
Go back 300 million years to
prehistoric Scotland to search for giant creepy crawlies. After
capturing a giant dragonfly, millipede and scorpion in quick succession,
the team hitches a ride with an enormous Titanosaurs to the portal back
to the park.
Go back 75 million years to
prehistoric Texas on Deinosuchus rescue attempt. Deinosuchus is the
largest crocodile ever to have lived! Marvin scouts the coastline in a
light aircraft and witnesses a massive croc erupting from the water to
catch prey. After losing his bait to a group of Troodons, he lures the
Deinosuchus through the portal.