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NATURE
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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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Monday 27 February 2005
A snow leopard
A rare glimpse of a snow leopard.
© Jeff Wilson.

Planet Earth Special

Beginning on BBC 1 on Sunday 5 March, 2006 Planet Earth is a celebration of the earth as never seen before.

Four years in the making and filmed entirely in high definition the series provides unique views of awe-inspiring landscapes from across the globe and incredible footage of rarely spotted creatures that live in these environments.

In NATURE, Paul Evans meets some of the production team and hears about their experiences during the making of this series.

Alastair Fothergill executive producer of the series describes how Hollywood-style technology and aerial filming were specially adapted for the series, allowing audiences access to amazing landscapes and animal behaviour which has never before been filmed.

Producer Vanessa Berlowitz describes how even with the best technology every day life can throw up some real challenges when she describes how filming Everest turned into a race against time, when one of her team became seriously ill.

Filming polar bears is difficult enough, but for wildlife cameraman Doug Allen unique and privileged access gave him the opportunity to film a polar bear mother and her cubs as they emerged from their snow-covered den into the outside world for the first time.

Producer Mark Brownlow recalls the agony of waiting for the mists to clear on Devil's Mountain before filming Angel Falls the world's highest waterfall.  This was all filmed from a helicopter which was being buffeted by the winds whilst the wreckage of previous flights could be seen strewn across the ground below.

Even on the ground, filming is rarely easy. Kathryn Jeffs recalls crawling through a maze of tunnels of poisonous gas and toxic sulphuric mud in Villaluz in Mexico in search of undergroud wildlife.

But persistence and patience is generally rewarded. Jeff Wilson spent days and days searching for snow leopards in Pakistan before a remarkable encounter with a female and her cubs. Jeff also describes watching this elusive and beautiful cat stalking a mountain goat across a cliff face until it fell to its death in the icy mountain river below.

These and other stories provide an insight into the extreme conditions in which the team worked to capture some of the most stunning images on film, the responsibility natural history film makers feel both towards the wildlife and the audience and the personal stories behind an epic and awe-inspiring natural history series about our planet and its diversity.
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