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Badger Watch  (1977)

Recording the live action for Badger Watch

A unique opportunity to observe a colony of wild badgers, Badger Watch was a week of live nightly broadcasts from a large sett in Gloucestershire. Through special remote control cameras and infra-red technology, presenter Bruce Parker brings to life an extraordinary world of underground fights, playful cubs and furtive night-time activities.

Regarded by many as a true symbol of the British countryside, the ten minute slots provided an intriguing insight into badger life. Featuring naturalists and badger experts Chris Cheeseman and Ernest Neal, this mini-series was hugely popular, pioneering the 'live' format now seen on many wildlife shows. A forerunner of Bill Oddie's successful Springwatch, Badger Watch increased the nation's understanding and helped raise awareness of our interesting nocturnal neighbours.

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

Cameraman: Geoff Ford
Engineering Manager: John Borley
Night Vision: Paul Townsend
Presenter: Bruce Parker
Producer: Peter Bale
Production Assistant: Caroline "Baker" Weaver
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound: David Tombs
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First live badger sighting
First live badger sighting
Badgers on cue
Badgers on cue
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Badger Watch outside broadcast studio
Badger Watch outside broadcast studio
Production crew of Badger Watch waiting for action
Production crew of Badger Watch waiting for...
David Tombs  recording Badger Watch
David Tombs recording Badger Watch
Recording the live action for Badger Watch
Recording the live action for Badger Watch