A new BBC documentary masterminded by a Thame woman proved a big hit with audiences after it concluded on Sunday night.
Mags Lightbody, 38, was the assistant producer of the three-part series, Ice Age Giants, which wowed BBC 2 viewers, of which there is a daily average of 12 million.
CGI experts and some of the best wildlife photographers have joined forces to create the Walking With Dinosaurs-style programme. But many were pleasantly surprised by the mix of current day fossil examination and research to support various theories and the brilliant animation.
Online ratings saw the show given an average of 8.5/10 by viewers. Review website broadcastnow.co.uk described the show as a ‘classic’ documentary mix.
“It’s a classic BBC2 marriage of accessible, rooted, authentic science from professionals (to make us feel intelligent and like we are learning something), alongside something entertaining and accessible,” says TV critic Lottie Naughton-Rumbo.
“In this case, the entertainment is essentially Ultimate Ice Age Animal Fighting.”
The third and final part, titled Last of the Giants, aired on Sunday night when professor Alice Roberts went on the trail of the great beasts of the ice age. As the world warmed up again, many species became extinct. Alice finds out why.
Video: Footage courtesy of BBC. You can watch the full Last of the Giants episode on the BBC’s iPlayer.