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The Private Life of Plants: Travelling  (1995)

Also known as: Programme 1
Neil Bromhall filming dandelion seeds for The Private Life of Plants

Bringing to life an extraordinary world few have ever considered, The Private Life of Plants uses impressive time-lapse photography to explore the specialised physiology and adaptations of the plant kingdom.

Taking an in-depth and entertaining look into plant life, BBC Natural History Unit producer Mike Salisbury employed the talents of a large team including the world-renowned cameramen Hugh Miles, Mike deGruy and Steve Downer.

The opening episode of David Attenborough's award-winning series, Travelling is a unique insight into the locomotive side of botany. Examining seed dispersal, squirting cucumbers are seen to 'explode', while liana seeds form aerodynamic gliders and sycamore trees release airborne 'helicopters'. Impressive photography allows a glimpse into plant movement as brambles bulldoze through their intended course and dandelions colonise vast strips of land.

Credited with opening the public's eyes to the complex and previously unseen world of plants, The Private Life of Plants was hugely popular and received a Panda Award for Cinematography at Wildscreen 1996.

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

Additional Photography: Rod Clarke
Additional Photography: Trevor de Kock
Additional Photography: John Hadfield
Additional Photography: Hugh Miles
Additional Photography: Stephen Mills
Additional Photography: Ian McCarthy
Additional Photography: John Waters
Assistant Producer: Neil P. Lucas
Associated Broadcaster: TBS Productions, Inc.
Dubbing Editor: Lucy Rutherford
Dubbing Mixer: Martyn Harries
Executive Producer: Mike Salisbury
Film Editor: Tim Coope
Graphic Design: Mick Connaire
Graphic Design: 422 Videographic design
Music: Richard Grassby-Lewis
Photography: Tim Shepherd
Photography: Neil Bromhall
Photography: Richard Kirby
Photography: Richard Ganniclifft
Photography: Gavin Thurston
Photography: Michael Pitts
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Neil Nightingale
Production Assistant: Lisa Pearce
Production Assistant: Pamela Jackson
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Researcher: Mark Flowers
Sound Recordist: Trevor Gosling
Unit Manager: Cynthia Connolly
Video Editor: Steve Olive

Related links

The Private Life of Plants: Growing (1995)
Mike Salisbury
Hugh Miles
Mike deGruy
David Attenborough
Clips
The dramatic lives of plants
The dramatic lives of plants
Exploding seeds - time lapse sequencce
Exploding seeds - time lapse sequencce
Building a bramble empire
Building a bramble empire
Stills
David Attenborough with Gavin Thurston filming grass for The Private Life of Plants
David Attenborough with Gavin Thurston filming...
'Jimmy Jib' used during the filming of The Private Life of Plants
'Jimmy Jib' used during the filming of The...
Neil Bromhall filming dandelion seeds for The Private Life of Plants
Neil Bromhall filming dandelion seeds for...
Filming the titan arum for The Private Life of Plants
Filming the titan arum for The Private Life...
Richard Kirby filming high in the rainforest for The Private Life of Plants
Richard Kirby filming high in the rainforest...
Tim Shepherd filming for The Private Life of Plants
Tim Shepherd filming for The Private Life...
Filming saguaro cactus flowers for The Private Life of Plants
Filming saguaro cactus flowers for The Private...