Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates

David Attenborough investigates one of the greatest stories in Natural History – the rise of the vertebrates, the group of backboned animals that dominate our planet.

Released : 2013

Runtime : 2 x 60 minutes

David Attenborough embarks on an epic 500 million year journey to unravel the incredible rise of the vertebrates – animals with backbones. This journey takes him on his first filming trip in China, to investigate the discovery of a series of remarkable ancient creatures that are being hailed as key missing links to our evolutionary past.

This two-part series is the epic story of the astonishing evolutionary advances that have created the dazzling diversity of animals that dominate the planet – including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. This group has produced the largest, the fastest and the most intelligent creatures the world has ever seen.

Brand new discoveries of ancient fossils, the latest scientific analysis of living animals and cutting edge CGI enable Attenborough to tell the fascinating story of how animals came to be the way they are today, and ultimately led to us.

Recent awards


Outstanding Nature Programme



Attenborough’s legacy is the most assured and noble in television and this show explains why. He informs, educates and entertains. Lord Reith would be proud

Time Out


The Sunday Times

Incredible… Striking CGI

The Independent

Fascinating tale of animals with backbones

The Times

Alchemy are leading the way in creating immersive, narrative led content for mediums like VR, AR, MR and even AI.

Emmy-award winning Zoo are leaders in 4k VFX production and have a wealth of experience in stereoscopic production.

The multi award-winning Colossus Productions produce high-end 3D films for an international audience.