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The Blue Planet: The Deep  (2001)

Crew being lowered into sea in submersible for filming of The Blue Planet

An absorbing exploration of the volcanic ridges and huge trenches at the very bottom of the world’s oceans, The Deep captures new species of wildlife never seen on film before. Advanced underwater filming techniques and special submersibles were used to capture intriguing footage of the previously unseen dumbo octopus and hairy anglerfish.

The second of eight episodes in the blockbuster natural history series, The Blue Planet: The Deep was produced by the former head of the BBC Natural History Unit, Alastair Fothergill. With measured narration from David Attenborough, visually stunning footage dominates the episode, bringing to life the intriguing deep sea environment.

Descending over 4000m to the very bottom of the ocean, the production offers a spellbinding glimpse into the specialised creatures that withstand the environment’s intense pressure and cold. Echinoderms sweep the seabed and six gilled sharks, unchanged for one hundred and fifty million years, inhabit the murky depths.

Through pioneering cinematography, The Deep examines the area’s strange creatures and their unusual adaptations, providing a fascinating insight into an alien world.

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: Graham Wild
Editor: Tim Coope
Graphic Design: Mick Connaire
Graphic Design: 422 Videographic design
Music: George Fenton
Music: BBC - Concert Orchestra
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Mike deGruy
Photography: Kevin Flay
Photography: Tom Fitz
Photography: Peter Scoones
Photography: David Shale
Photography: Florian Graner
Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Production Manager: Katie Walker
Production Manager: Lynn Barry
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Organisation: Discovery Channel
Production Secretary: Samantha Davis
Researcher: Penny Allen
Series Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Sound Editor: Lucy Rutherford

Related links

The Blue Planet: Introduction (2001)
Alastair Fothergill
David Attenborough
Clips
The strangest of all the deep sea fish yet discovered
The strangest of all the deep sea fish y...
Living fossils of the deep
Living fossils of the deep
Dumbo the octopus
Dumbo the octopus
Journey into the abyss
Journey into the abyss
Stills
Crew being lowered into sea in submersible for filming of The Blue Planet
Crew being lowered into sea in submersible...
Submersible being lowered into the sea for filming of The Blue Planet
Submersible being lowered into the sea for...