Preview – Neanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors

Andy Serkis
Picture Shows: Andy Serkis on-screen consultant, wearing performance capture headgear at The Imaginarium, Ealing Studios. Image Credit: BBC/VIXPIX Films Ltd/Rory Mulvey.

Recent research shows just how closely we are related to Neanderthals.

In this programme, Ella Al-Shamahi attempts to recreate a 3D working avatar of a Neanderthal, with the help of Andy Serkis. This reconstruction is followed up by the actor disguising himself as a Neanderthal in modern-day clothing and going onto a crowded London Tube to see how well our ancestors would fit into the modern world.

Neanderthals: Meet Your Ancestors is on BBC Two at 20.00.