|Organisations worked for||Evening News|
- "It's unbelievable! Somebody pinch me!"
- ―Nigel after meeting velociraptor
Behind the ScenesEdit
|Date of birth||27th November 1960|
|Place of birth||United Kingdom|
Nigel Marven played himself as a cameo in Primeval. He studied botany at Bristol University until the age of 22 when he left to begin his career at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Over the following years he worked firstly as a wildlife documentary researcher for such programmes as My Family and Other Animals then went on to produce such series as The Land of the Russian Bear. He enjoyed a 12-year professional collaboration with David Attenborough whom he holds in high esteem. In 1998, he moved to ITV where, to his surprise, he found himself being asked to present wildlife documentaries as well as producing them.
Nigel is also known from his work with the Walking with Dinosaurs sequels. Chased By Dinosaurs, two episodes (The Giant Claw and Land of Giants) featuring Marven, stars the vegetarian therapod Therizinosaurus, and in the second he takes a look at some of the largest dinosaurs, the apex predator Giganotosaurus and the massive sauropod Argentinosaurus. Marven returns in the trilogy Sea Monsters, trying to survive seven of the most dangerous seas in Earth's history; featured creatures include Giant Orthocones, Cymbospondylus, Dunkleosteus, Basilosaurus, Megalodon, Liopleurodon and Tylosaurus. Nigel also stars in his latest ITV special: Prehistoric Park, six episodes in which he tries to rescue Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mammoth, Smilodon, Microraptor, Arthropleura, and Deinosuchus from extinction by using a method somewhat similar to Primeval's anomalies; a controllable "portal". The creatures would then take residence at the fictional modern safari park of the title name.
He is known for his unorthodox, spontaneous, and daring style of presenting wildlife documentaries as well as for including factual knowledge into the proceedings. This has led some people to compare him to Steve Irwin. In his first television series for ITV, Giants, he swam with a great white shark without the protection of a cage. Other scenes included him having a goliath birdeater spider, arguably the largest spider in the world, walk over his face, and grappling with a fifteen-foot rock python deep in its underground lair. This style of presenting has won him many viewers to his succeeding series' and to date he has presented 21 wildlife series' for TV.
The number of creatures that have been covered by Marvin that have also appeared in Primeval should be noted. These include:
- Arthropleura (Episode 1.2, Prehistoric Park)
- Mammoth (Episode 2.6, Prehistoric Park)
- Deinosuchus (Fire and Water, Prehistoric Park)
- Giganotosaurus (Episode 3.4, Chased by Dinosaurs)
- Hesperornis (Episode 1.3, Sea Monsters Trilogy)
- Liopleurodon (The Lost Island, Episode 5.2, Sea Monsters Trilogy)
- Mosasaur (Episode 1.3, Sea Monsters Trilogy)
- Pteranodon (Episode 1.5, Episode 2.2, Episode 3.10, Chased by Dinosaurs, Sea Monsters Trilogy)
- Smilodon (Episode 2.3, Prehistoric Park)
- Terror Bird (Episode 3.6, Episode 4.7, Prehistoric Park)
- Triceratops (Extinction Event, Prehistoric Park)
- Troodon (Extinction Event, Prehistoric Park)
- Tyrannosaurus Rex (Extinction Event, Episode 5.5, Prehistoric Park)
- Velociraptor (Episode 3.4, Fire and Water, Chased by Dinosaurs)
- The end credits for Episode 3.4 credit Nigel Marven as "Documentary Presenter," suggesting that the presenter seen in Primeval was not actually Nigel Marven, and was simply portrayed by him.
- On Youtube, rumors say that Nigel didn't get eaten by the Giganotosaurus but fled through the anomaly and went to the time period of the Giganotosaurus, knowing his appearence in Chase By Dinosaurs on the first episode "Land of the Giants".