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They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Too Close For Comfort  (1999)

Working in the most difficult place with the most difficult animals

In front of an audience at the Royal Geographical Society, David Attenborough interviews award-winning cameraman Mike Richards, discussing the hours of patient filming that went into the BBC production, Too Close For Comfort.

The fourth of seven programmes celebrating pioneering natural history documentaries, They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Too Close For Comfort examines the challenges Mike faced, filming in the ever humid West African rainforests.

Exploring the uncanny parallels with our own behaviour, Too Close For Comfort brings to light the amazing intelligence and astonishing skills of man's closest relative, the chimpanzee. Over two years in filming, it charts their intimate society, capturing these highly developed primates as they wash their food, gather drinking water and make use of over nineteen different tools.

Followed by a repeat screening of this production, They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Too Close For Comfort offers an insight into the hours of patient work and numerous difficulties involved in wildlife filmmaking.

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

Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Society
Dubbing Editor: Ian Butchart
Dubbing Mixer: Andrew Wilson
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Interviewee: Mike Richards
Music: George Fenton
Photography: Mike Richards
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Producer: Martyn Suker
Production Assistant: Lynn Sinclair
Researcher: Roger Webb
Series Producer: Mike Beynon
Unit Manager: Nicky Hands

Related links

They Said It Couldn't Be Done: In-Flight Movie (1999)
They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean (1999)
They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Mzima: Portrait of a Spring  (1999)
Too Close For Comfort? (1992)
David Attenborough
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Working in the most difficult place with the most difficult animals
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The worst day
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Mouldy boots and rain cascades
Mouldy boots and rain cascades