About Me

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I am a self-shooting TV producer and director with 13 years experience at  the BBC Natural History Unit. I have filmed in more than 30 countries and have worked on landmark productions such as ‘Life’,  ‘Life in Cold Blood’ and ‘Wonders of the Monsoon’. I am currently producing a series for prime time BBC One about Wild Cats of the world, in addition to working with Sir David Attenborough on a film about a great sea dragon. As part of the BBC Natural History technology team I train my colleagues in specialist timelapse photography, and pioneer new techniques.

I was asked to write for the Eden Channel on my approach to wildlife filmmaking. 

Here is a video interview I gave to the Open University following a talk I presented at Wildscreen Film Festival in 2014.

Most memorable close encounters: 

If you're really interested in how many times I won the South Yorkshire sword dancing trophy, my time as a Bingo caller in Rotherham or as a tour guide at the Roman Baths, and why the future king of Norway once cooked for me, then get in touch and let's go out for a beer. Otherwise please feel free to read on... or watch some of my (now dated and slightly embarrassing) videos on my YouTube channel.

Sir David Attenborough & I holding the Life in Cold Blood Golden Panda Award, Wildscreen 2008

The BBC shows I am lucky to have worked on...

Wild Cats - BBC One (2018)
Blue Planet Oceans - cinematography - BBC One (2018)
Attenborough and the Great Sea Monster - BBC One (2018)
Wild Tales from the Village - cinematography - BBC Two (2016)
Earth's Greatest Spectacles - New England - BBC Two (2016)
Wonders of the Monsoon- BBC Two (2014)
 Secrets of Our Living Planet - BBC Two (2012) 
Animals Guide to Britain - BBC Two (2011)
How the Earth made us - BBC Two (2010)
Wu-How - Ninjas Guide to Everything - Presenter for BBC3 (2010)
Life - BBC One (2009)
Big Cat Live - digital (2008)
Fossil Detectives - BBC Two - development (2007)
Darwin, Notes from a Genius - BBC Two - (2009)
Life in Cold Blood - BBC One (2008)
Journey of Life - BBC Two (2005)
Britain Goes Wild / Springwatch - BBC Two(2004)

Web Series: Chasing the Monsoon, South India (2009)

The Giant Crystals of Naica. National Geographic have more amazing pics here. 

Sloth Bear, photographed at Daroji Bear Sanctuary, South India

Me and cameraman Michael Male
Me and cameraman Michael Male filming spawning horseshoe crabs

Kente weaving, Adanwomase
Kente Weaver, Ghana - filmed as part of the Adisa Expedition 2007

Presenting at Web2Live, a conference on Web2.0.

Me, A Natural History

I found my first fossil on the Yorkshire coast when I was 8 years old. It was a fragment of a pyritised ammonite, an iron ammonite. Since that moment I've been captivated by palaeontology - to stare into the petrified eyes of a trilobite or to feel the curvature of an ammonites whorl is to take a glimpse into a prehistoric world. I now live in Bristol which is a stones throw from Dorset and you can often find me strolling along the Jurassic Coast on the search for palaeontological gems.

Migrating South

With a growing passion for palaeontology I slowly meandered south from my native Rotherham in South Yorkshire and passed through various universities. Along the way I picked up a degree in Geology from the University of Derby and an MSc's in palaeontology from UCL and science communication from the University of Bath. I was also pleased to be elected a fellow of the Geological Society of London and the Royal Geographical Society. These accolades represented academic adventures in natural history and set me for a life of discovery. My next stop was the Natural History Museum in London where, of all things, I studied fossil algae - I find it hard to remember just how obsessed I was with this microscopic world but I do remember how beautiful those fossils were. I discovered a new species and my work was published.

From Museum to Mountain


After several summers working as a camp counsellor in the US I found myself teaching environmental education and leading expeditions for the University of Rhode Island. It was a blissful life living in the wilds of the Catskill mountains. I specialised in forest and wetland ecology, geology and astronomy and I helped to rehabilitate injured birds of prey - it was one of the most influential years of my life and my path through academia was rapidly redirected into the world of television.

About to teach a class with some help from our resident barred owl at Frost Valley Raptor Centre

My Lucky Break
 

My adventure in TV started with the series 'Journey of Life', presented by Steve Leonard. The producer, Miles Barton, needed a paleontologist and my CV just so happened to land on his desk. I had two weeks work experience to prove myself. Fortunately my first task was to find a good story and a location to film ammonites! A few days later I was on my first TV shoot heading to the ammonite pavement of Lyme Regis - a site where I had spent many months as an undergraduate carrying out research. I was hired at the end of the two weeks. My adventure in Television had begun. 


Steve Leonard and I with a model used to show how big ammonites could grow
(Incidentally this beach also became the site where I proposed to my wife Donna. Surely you can't more romantic than a bed of ammonites as the sun sets!)