BBC Wild Vision for Dorling Kindersley and Discovery Channel
Creatures Fantastic is a powerful, evocative series which presents a unique view of dragons, werewolves, vampires, mermaids and a host of other legendary creatures and beliefs. With exceptional storytelling, compelling and fearful tales from all over the world are brought to life through beautifully crafted scenes. Dramatic reconstructions are achieved by special studio and locating filming and enhanced by state-of-the-art computer graphics.
The series unravels a fascination shared by writers, artists and scientists. Viewers of all ages will make surprising discoveries about the relevance of myth and legend in today's society. From the banks of the Nile, the castles of Transylvania to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, stories are told of fabulous creatures, some remote and exotic, some lurking close by. Creatures Fantastic is exhilarating and informative, providing a journey through the dark, mysterious caverns of the imagination. Up until the nineteenth century, werewolves were often blamed for violent attacks and rapes perpetrated by humans. This installment of CREATURES FANTASTIC that was shown on The Discovery Channel and The Arts Channel, traces the legend of the werewolf and its relation to our perceptions of man-as-animal. It features the 17th century plague years, the story of Little Red Ridinghood, the dreams of Sigmud Freud's 'The Wolf Man', and asks whether a form of mental illness called 'lycanthrophy' is the root of our belief in werewolves.
Producer/Director: Andrew Graham-Brown
Narrated by: Zoe Wanamaker
Executive Producer: Michael Waterhouse