4 August 2013
Siberian Tiger Quest nominated for an Emmy award
26 July 2012 - 8pm
Tiger Island UK premiere on BBC2
1 February 2012 - 8pm
ManEater Manhunt UK premiere on Nat Geo Wild
10 January 2012 - 7:30pm
ManEater Manhunt premieres in Asia and Australia on Nat Geo Wild
14 September 2011 - 8pm
Echo an Unforgettable Elephant on BBC 2
3 May 2009
Echo the Elephant died, aged 65
H is for Hawk: the next chapter
For BBC Natural World and PBS
A new exciting film with author Helen Macdonald
When Helen MacDonald's father died, she tried to assuage her grief by training one of the wildest creatures on earth: a goshawk. She had trained birds before, but never a gos. They were, she thought, "things of death and difficulty; spooky, pale-eyed psychopaths that lived & killed in woodland thickets." The story of her & her "psychopathic" goshawk Mabel was the basis for her international best-selling book H is for Hawk.
A new film for Terra Mater and The Smithsonian
For centuries humans have viewed South Dakota's Badlands with a mixture of dread and fascination. The Lakota Indians called this place maco sica - "bad land", early French trappers referred to it as les mauvaise terre a traverser. No mater its human name this byzantine labyrinth of cruel peaks and sun-blasted plains evokes wonder and foreboding.
Ostrich - A Life On The Run
A programme for Terra Mater and National Geographic
The ostriches of Namibia face an annual challenge: choosing the exactly the right moment to breed. The birds must ensure their clutches hatch around the time of the rains. If the timing is wrong, food will be scarce and the chicks will die. If it’s right, then a new generation gets the chance of a life on the run.
Attenborough's Big Birds
For BBC Natural World and PBS/Nature
Premieres on Tuesday the 16th of June at 8pm on BBC Two
David Attenborough tells a gripping tale of bizarre birds, dedicated dads, enormous eggs and a giant, curly penis. It's the story of a family of modern-day flightless dinosaurs - the Flintstones of the bird world.
Wild Sri Lanka
For Terra Mater
3 x 50 min programmes to be shown on National Geographic and ServusTV
Nowhere else on earth is the power of water to create, shape and sustain life so dazzlingly evident as on the tiny oceanic island of Sri Lanka. Rising from the waves, it is a land where not one, but two monsoons mark time. A world where rains pour down, clouds swell, rivers flow, mists dance across the skies, frosts dust the highlands and thousands of man-made lakes form a curious wonderland filled with a wildlife that is strange, beautiful and utterly unique. In this series we will delve into the land of these breathtaking creatures – from the largest mammal on earth, the blue whale, to the smallest, the etruscan shrew – and discover how, from the moment Sri Lanka fractured from the southern supercontinent of Gondwanaland and was carried by the oceans to its present home – it has been an island which has been ruled by one unstoppable force: water.
Until recently, a quarter of a century of civil war isolated Sri Lanka's wildlife from the world. But now that war is over and Sri Lanka's once-troubled waters are parting to reveal unseen ecological riches for the very first time.
Sri Lanka: Elephant Island
BBC2 9pm Friday 9th August 2013
Sri Lanka, the tropical island lying off the southern coast of India, is home to its own special elephants. A sub species of the Asian elephant, they have their own unique characteristics. In this programme, award winning wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck of Echo of the Elephants fame travels to Sri Lanka to try and get to know them.
Martyn has planned his arrival to coincide with the start of the monsoon, hoping it will be the best time to find and follow a new born calf. By drawing on local knowledge, Martyn begins to unravel the complex social world of Sri Lanka's elephants - he witnesses a fight over a calf, a battle between two bulls in musk and, at an elephant sanctuary, befriends an orphaned elephant who sadly lost a leg to a snare and is facing an uncertain future.
Namibia Desert Kingdom
For Terra Mater
Some people call this the "The Land God made in Anger", while others named it "The Gates of Hell". Sand dunes a thousand feet high, shimmering mirages, scorching temperatures - the deserts of Namibia in South West Africa. Although this place looks totally inhospitable there is a remarkable diversity of life found in the sand rivers that bisect the desert dunes.
This film tells remarkable story of how Namibia's vast desert was formed over eons from the ground sediment of the Orange River in the south of Namibia. Despite the seemingly barren land a surprisingly rich variety of life can be found here from huge desert elephants to herds of oryx, tiny meerkats and vast flocks of sandgrouse. All this prey attracts impressive prides of lions, secretive caracals a several species of desert falcons and cape foxes. Made by the multi award winning team of cameraman/director Martyn Colbeck and producer directed Mike Birkhead this is one of the most beautiful films ever produced on Namibia's Deserts.
Siberian Tiger Quest
Made with PBS and Terra Mater
Hunted almost to extinction, the last wild Siberian tigers can only be found in the forests of the far eastern Russian frontier—but not easily. Ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests.
To help him, Morgan turns to Korean filmmaker Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent more than five years watching and waiting for a glimpse of the elusive creatures, confined sometimes for months in tiny underground pits or 15-foot hides in trees. His technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage that told the story of a three-generation tiger dynasty.
Queen of Tigers
Friday 19th October at 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD
The most famous tiger in the world is a natural fighter and a loving mother. She rules Ranthambhore, the most spectacular tiger territory in India. Colin Stafford-Johnson has filmed Machli's whole life. Now, 14 years on, he wants to see his old friend for perhaps the last time to complete the story of her dynasty on the lakes.