The Ape Man That Never Was (1973)

This was a short documentary from BBCi Player about the Piltdown Man, the name given to a skull made up supposedly proving the link between ape and man. It was later proved to be a hoax.

This documentary is over thirty years old and while I’m not an avid geologist, I know the basics of what the Piltdown Man was. This documentary was worded like a geological lecture and its much slower than modern documentaries.

Of course that isn’t a criticism, but I wasn’t particularly enraptured by this documentary. It was interesting when those involved with uncovering the hoax talked about it but apart from that I found the documentary to be rather dry and uninspiring. The documentary was part of a long running series called ‘Chronicle’ but I’m not entirely inspired to seek this documentary out or others from the series.

MY RATING: ** / *****

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