Attenborough and the Giant Mammoth: what is it about, who is Ben Garrod, and when is The Green Planet out?

David Attenborough holds up a big Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC / Windfall Films / Julian Schwanitz)David Attenborough holds up a big Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC / Windfall Films / Julian Schwanitz)
David Attenborough holds up a big Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC / Windfall Films / Julian Schwanitz) | BBC / Windfall Films / Julian Schwanitz

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David Attenborough presents a new documentary about a prehistoric discovery

BBC One will close the year with a brand new David Attenborough documentary.

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard will air on BBC One on Thursday 30 December. It’ll see the much-loved broadcaster investigating the biggest discovery of Mammoth remains in Britain in nearly 20 years.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard

What is it about?

In 2017, a group of amateur fossil hunters discovered a huge collection of Mammoth remains. Unusually, these Mammoth bones are hundreds of thousands of years older than other Mammoth fossils found in the UK have been - raising questions about how the Mammoths got there and who killed them in the first place.

For this documentary, David Attenborough and Professor Ben Garrod join the professional excavation team as they delve deep into the mystery posed by these Mammoth bones, and try to learn more about what they might mean.

Who is presenting with David Attenborough?

David Attenborough will be joined for this documentary by biologist Professor Ben Garrod.

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A professor of Evolutionary Biology, Garrod has presented a number of documentaries about prehistoric animals. You might recognise him from a previous series he presented with David Attenborough, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, or from his BBC Four series Secrets of Bones.

David Attenborough and Ben Garrod hold up a Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC/Windfall Films/Julian Schwanitz)David Attenborough and Ben Garrod hold up a Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC/Windfall Films/Julian Schwanitz)
David Attenborough and Ben Garrod hold up a Mammoth bone (Credit: BBC/Windfall Films/Julian Schwanitz) | BBC / Windfall Films / Julian Schwanitz

What time is it on and when can I watch it?

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard will air on BBC One on Thursday 30 December at 8pm.

It’ll be available to watch immediately afterwards on BBC iPlayer as well.

Is there a trailer?

The BBC hasn’t released a trailer yet, but we’ll edit it in as soon as they do.

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What will David Attenborough’s next new series be?

You won’t have to wait long for another new David Attenborough documentary, as the veteran broadcaster has three major projects planned for 2022.

The Green Planet, a five part series made using pioneering new filmmaking technology, will begin on Sunday 9 January. It’s been described as “Planet Earth from the perspective of plants”.

Dynasties II will follow later in the year, with this documentary sequel series looking at the animal kingdom, in particular families of elephants, cheetahs, pumas, and hyena.

Finally, Planet Earth III will arrive in October 2022, as part of the BBC Centenary celebrations. It’s been described as the most ambitious natural history programme ever made by the BBC.

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Why should I watch it?

Because it’ll be a particularly interesting Attenborough documentary about a genuinely unique prehistoric discovery.

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