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Reefwatch  (1988)

Beautiful concentrated reefs

From the depths of the Red Sea, co-founder of the BBC Natural History Unit, Tony Soper, and wildlife film producer, Dr Martha Holmes, present the first ever live underwater broadcast. Reefwatch used this groundbreaking format to highlight the Red Sea’s wealth of marine life and bring it first hand into the audience’s living rooms.

Transmitted live to the UK and America, Reefwatch was a breathtaking achievement, and due to an ill-fitting helmet, also left presenter Dr Martha Holmes a little short on air herself. In her own words, the show had a number of firsts “first live TV broadcast from underwater, first television use of bubble helmets, and first near drowning live on air.” A pioneering production, its success led to the commission of a full length series – Sea Trek.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Assistant Producer: Robin Prytherch
Associate Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Associated Broadcaster: Discovery Channel
Graphic Design: Mick Connaire
Music: Elizabeth Parker
Music: BBC - Radiophonic Workshop
OB (outside broadcast) Director: Phil Chivers
Photography: Rob Brownhill
Photography: Ian Stacey
Photography: Peter Scoones
Photography: Walt Deas
Presenter: Tony Soper
Presenter: Martha Holmes
Presenter: Mike deGruy
Presenter: Eugenie Clark
Producer: Robin Hellier
Production Assistant: Jenny Budd
Production Assistant: Pamela Jackson
Production Organisation: BBC - British Broadcasting Corporation
Production Organisation: Israel Broadcasting Authority
Sound: Mike Burgess
Technical Co-ordinator: Geoff Stafford
Video Editor: Peter Belcher

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