Friday, 28 January 2011

Chris Packham on Buzzcocks - what's the most interesting animal you've slept with?

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If you didn't catch the episode of 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' featuring Chris Packham then here's a little taste of what you missed. Robert Web asks him 'what's the most interesting animal you've ever slept with!'

The whole episode can be watched on 'NickfromFulhams' YouTube channel - before the YouTube police remove it! Part 1 & Part 2.

Frozen Heist - a story told in one single gobsmacking tracking shot

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If you're a fan of special effects then watch 'Philip's Carousel' aka 'Frozen Heist'. This is an extraordinary use of a motion controlled tracking system to tell a story in a single, action-packed, gobsmacking, continuous shot. Then watch the 'making-off' to see the wonderful simplicity and genius behind it.

Produced to promote Philips new range of TVs. Watch other films here.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Professor Iain Stewart is back with 'Men of Rock' - BBC2

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'Men of Rock' is a real gem that seems to have been overlooked by the folks at TV promotion HQ, but not to worry, if you're in the UK, you can still watch programme 1 and 2 on iPlayer and programme 3 will be broadcast on BBC2 Thurs 27th January at 9pm.

Having travelled around the planet with Iain filming 'How Earth Made Us' a few years ago, I know how proud he is of Scotland's geological heritage. 'Men of Rock' is a tale he's been itching to tell. In it he revels in the stories of the great Scottish scientists whose investigations unraveled the fiery and dynamic story of our planet. If you want to understand the Earth's tumultuous history, then what better way than to follow in the footsteps of those passionate, often eccentric, pioneers who first put the pieces together, and laid the foundations for our understanding of the Earth.

Once again Iain Stewart enthuses about the wonders of the planet, and shows us that there's more to rocks than just a cold grey surface.

Find out more about this series on the BBC show page.

A victorian experiment to understand how mountains are made

Trail for the series

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq - Natural World

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Tuesday 18th January BBC2, 8pm

Mesopotamia's Missing Marshland

It's the largest and most ambitious habitat recreation project ever known - to bring back to life one of the world's greatest marshlands. And it's happening in Iraq!

Considered to be the original Garden of Eden, the marshes were once Iraq's wildlife jewel, where man and nature thrived for 5,000 years. But in the 1990's, Saddam Hussein drained these gigantic wetlands and turned them into a desert - destroying a home to thousands of people and millions of birds.

Donning his body armour, filmmaker David Johnson travels to the Mesopotamian Marshes to follow the work of Azzam Alwash, the visionary Iraqi engineer at the centre of this extraordinary scheme to re-flood hundreds of miles of desert and bring back life to the sands. This is a view of Iraq the world never sees - a world of huge reed beds and vast flocks of birds that fill the sky. But nothing ever quite goes to plan in Iraq.

Read more on the BBC web page.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Human Planet. The most incredible animal of them all? - BBC One

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BBC One, 8pm Thursday 13th January 2011

Series Trailer

I've been waiting for this series for some time. It promises to be an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series. The eight episodes of Human Planet marvel at mankind's incredible relationship with nature and how humans have adapted and thrived in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world. Read more and see exclusive clips on the Human Planet website

Extraordinary Human Feats of Survival

Behind the Scenes

Human Planet crews have filmed in around 80 locations, bringing you many stories that have never been told on television before. The team has trekked with HD cameras and state of the art gear to film from the air, from the ground and underwater. The result: a “cinematic experience” created by world-class natural history and documentary camera crews and programme. Meet some of the team and hear their stories on the On Location website