Dippy and the Whale

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Doc­u­men­tary / 9.00pm / BBC2

For more than three decades, vis­i­tors to Lon­don’s Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum have been greeted by the sight of a skele­tal diplodocus di­nosaur – af­fec­tion­ately known as Dippy – but in 2015 the cu­ra­tors made the bold de­ci­sion to re­place the replica bones with the very real skele­ton of a blue whale. This Hori­zon doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the painstak­ing two-year-long process of dis­man­tling Dippy – who will be go­ing on a tour of pub­lic spa­ces across the UK next year – and hang­ing the yet-to-be-named whale from the gird­ers of the mu­seum’s en­trance hall for its un­veil­ing this sum­mer. The film also tells the fas­ci­nat­ing story of the whale’s dis­cov­ery af­ter it beached on the shores of Ire­land in 1881.

The blue whale takes the place of Dippy the di­nosaur

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