Episode 1

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Duration: 59 minutes

For the first time in over 50 years, a team of wildlife filmmakers from the BBC's Natural History Unit and scientists from the world renowned Smithsonian Institution has been granted access to venture deep into Burma's impenetrable jungles. Their mission is to discover whether these forests are home to iconic animals, rapidly disappearing from the rest of the world - this expedition has come not a moment too soon.

On the first leg of their journey, wildlife filmmakers Gordon Buchanan and Justine Evans set out to discover whether the mountains of western Burma are home to a population of Asian elephants that could prove critical to the survival of the species. Finding elephants in a dense bamboo forest is a challenge. Notoriously grumpy, Asian elephants are likely to charge if caught unaware. It is a race against time as the world eyes up Burma's natural riches - what the team finds could change the future of Burma's wilds forever.

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Credits

Producer
Mark Wheeler
Series Producer
Susanna Handslip
Presenter
Gordon Buchanan
Presenter
Justine Evans
Presenter
Ross Piper
Expert
Chris Wemmer
Expert
Khyne U Mar

Broadcasts

Filming the elephants

Climbing expert Tim Fogg

"Filming wild elephants through bamboo forest was always going to be potentially fraught"

Recording the audio

Mark Roberts promo

Recordist Mark Roberts describes capturing the sound of the jungle.

Composing the soundtrack

Composing the soundtrack

Composer Jonathan Gunton writes about creating the music for Wild Burma.

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