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The Wildlife Specials: Crocodile: The Smiling Predator  (1997)

Richard Kirby filming a Nile crocodile for The Wildlife Specials: Crocodile

Crocodile: The Smiling Predator is a fascinating celebration of these powerful and formidable predators, using underwater and infra-red photography the production reveals new aspects of their behaviour never captured on film before.

Part of a series of one-off BBC wildlife specials to mark forty years of the BBC's Natural History Unit, the production enlisted the talents of a number of award-winning cameramen, including the renowned photographer Martin Dohrn. The impressive cinematography is combined with an informative commentary from David Attenborough, providing an in-depth account of crocodilian life.

Advanced night-time filming techniques see over one hundred crocodiles feeding co-operatively, as new hatchlings struggle to move and fearsome battles break out with lion prides. Doting parents, expressive communicators and sociable scavengers, a different side to these reptilian predators is put forth, which, together with the discovery of surprising new behaviour, provides a fresh insight into this long-fabled 'man-eater'.

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: Daniel Christen
Additional Photography: Martin Dohrn
Additional Photography: Peter Scoones
Additional Photography: Kim Wolhuter
Assistant Producer: Gavin Maxwell
Associated Broadcaster: WGBH - "NOVA"
Dubbing Editor: Lucy Rutherford
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Hicks
Film Editor: Tim Coope
Music Composer: Nigel Beaham-Powell
Music Composer: Bella Russell
Photography: Richard Kirby
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Karen Bass
Production Co-ordinator: Fiona Marsh
Production Co-ordinator: Sharon Thomas
Production Co-ordinator: Philippa Lawson
Production Manager: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Producer: Keith Scholey
Unit Manager: Nicky Spode
Unit Manager: Felicity Mudge
Writer: Susan Western

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Stills
Richard Kirby baiting a saltwater crocodile for The Wildlife Specials: Crocodile
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Richard Kirby filming a Nile crocodile for The Wildlife Specials: Crocodile
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