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Realms of the Russian Bear: Green Jewel of the Caspian  (1992)

Exploring the natural history of the Soviet Union

The first episode of a six part series examining the wildlife, and the unique terrain it inhabits, in the former Soviet Union. Presented by enthusiastic Nikolai Drozdov (the Russian equivalent of British naturalist David Attenborough) the series takes an extensive tour of the beautiful, harsh environment and the interesting wildlife it supports. Visually stunning, over five years of filming went into this overview of a spectacular and varied continent. Produced by John Sparks, the series features contributions from some of the top names in wildlife cinematography including Martin Saunders, Hugh Maynard and Martyn Colbeck.

Exploring the Volga delta wetlands, Green Jewel of the Caspian focuses in on Russia’s oldest nature reserve - Astrakhansky Zapovednik. The production beautifully captures the diverse ecosystem, with wildlife from Asia, Africa and Europe all thriving on the fertile land. Spring floods trigger breeding of amphibians, fish and birds. Impressive footage of white-tailed sea eagles, saiga antelopes, pipefish and sturgeon provides a glimpse into the variety of creatures this intricate maze of waterways supports.

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: Fergus Beeley
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Alec Brown
Dubbing Mixer: Neil Hipkiss
Dubbing Mixer: Martyn Harries
Film Editor: Ron Martin
Graphic Design: Alison Murphy
Graphic Design: 422 Videographic design
Location Co-ordinator: Duncan Thomson
Music: Martin Kiszko
Photography: Glen Carruthers
Photography: Rodger Jackman
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Photography: Martin Saunders
Post Production Co-ordinator: Diana Richards Cronk
Presenter: Nikolai Drozdov
Producer: John Sparks
Production Executive: Stephan Pojenian
Production Manager: Igor Nosov
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Production Secretary: Fiona Marsh
Research: Jan Aldenhoven
Series Producer: John Sparks
Sound Recordist: Kevin Meredith
Unit Manager: Cynthia Connolly
VT (video tape) Editor: Peter Belcher
Writer: John Sparks

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