By David Nicholson-Lord
"Planet Earth is the largest, most expensive and most ambitious series the BBC Natural History Unit has ever made." - Alastair Fothergill, Planet Earth producer
The best stories are the true ones, and there can be few BBC series that have generated as many gripping tales as Planet Earth.
With producers and camerapeople travelling to every continent and almost every corner of the world, from the highest mountains to the lowest depths, their adventures have been many and unforgettable.
Using every kind of craft and technological wizardry imaginable, from helicopters and submersibles, to satellites and remote cameras, they have also witnessed remarkable events and viewed extraordinary landscapes from a new perspective.
This book tells the dramatic tales of their encounters, discoveries and many trials and tribulations. Also revealed are the ingenious means by which some of the unique footage in the series has been obtained.
Memorable sequences filmed in the wild include camels in the snow in the Gobi desert, a giant (truly giant) salamander hunting at night, desert lions capturing an oryx, golden snub-nosed monkeys playing high in the mountains of China, a giant panda in a cave tending her tiny newborn and a snow leopard chasing its prey down a sheer rock face.
Planet Earth - the making of an epic series is lavishly illustrated throughout with special photographs taken from high-definition film footage. High definition enables spectacular filming from above by helicopter and allows the camera to get closer than ever to the subject, creating a vivid and emotional experience for the viewer. In addition unique high-speed photography reveals nature's stunning glory and complexity, in exciting new ways.
Notes to Editors:
David Nicholson-Lord , is an ex-Independent environment correspondent, he has also written for Radio Times and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Publication Date: 9 th March 2006
ISBN: 0 563 49358 5