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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

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

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