Nuzzling T. rexes and grappling sauropods: Dinosaurs on ‘Prehistoric Planet’ will astonish you

What would happen if you put Sir David Attenborough and a specialist team of wildlife filmmakers in a time machine and set the dial to 66 million years ago — to the end of the Cretaceous period and the final days of the dinosaurs? An upcoming documentary series aims to provide visually stunning answers to that intriguing question.

“Prehistoric Planet” debuts on Apple TV+ on May 23, launching a five-night dinosaur extravaganza. There’s no time machine, but the series does the next best thing by pairing BBC Studios Natural History Unit — the team behind nature documentaries like “Planet Earth” (BBC, 2006) — with the Moving Picture Company’s visual effects team that’s worked on Hollywood movies like “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Pictures, 2019).