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The Living Planet: The Making of The Living Planet  (1984)

Also known as: Programme 13
Film crew on beach filming for The Living Planet

An interesting glimpse into the workings of wildlife filmmaking, this forty minute documentary goes behind the scenes of the second award-winning BBC mega-series, The Living Planet, produced by Richard Brock. Following the work of the entire crew, from film editors to radiophonic operators, the programme explores the practical side to filming such a diverse and monumental series.

An entertaining special, narration by humourist Miles Kington charts both the lighter moments and the problems the crew encountered. A delightful confession reveals a seemingly ferocious display by a polar bear simply resulted from the smell released when a hungry cameraman unscrewed his flask of soup.

An enjoyable and diverting show, it includes an interview with the world renowned naturalist David Attenborough who Kington notes "enjoys a rather strange, symbiotic relationship with the BBC". The story behind a highly ambitious natural history series, The Making of The Living Planet is a unique insight into the varied world of wildlife cinematography.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Dubbing Mixer: David Old
Executive Producer: Richard Brock
Film Editor: Peter Simpson
Graphic Design: Margaret Perry
Music: Elizabeth Parker
Music: BBC - Radiophonic Workshop
Narrator: Miles Kington
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Photography: Martin Saunders
Photography: Jeremy Gould
Sound: Lyndon Bird
Unit Manager: Andrew Buchanan
Writer: David Attenborough
Writer: Miles Kington

Related links

The Living Planet: The Building of the Earth (1984)
The Living Planet: New Worlds (1984)
Richard Brock
David Attenborough
Clips
Even David Attenborough makes mistakes
Even David Attenborough makes mistakes
Collaborating with nature
Collaborating with nature
Getting up close and personal with polar bears
Getting up close and personal with polar...
Filmmaking at zero gravity
Filmmaking at zero gravity
Stills
Film crew on beach filming for The Living Planet
Film crew on beach filming for The Living...
David Attenborough during filming for The Living Planet
David Attenborough during filming for The...
Martin Saunders filming for The Living Planet
Martin Saunders filming for The Living Planet