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Bruce

“What is Tribe to me?

“Tribe has been my whole world for the last four years and is the most important thing in my life right now. It's a series about people and culture, our culture as well as others. We hope it's entertaining, because we want people to watch and enjoy, especially people who wouldn't normally tune into this type of programme, but we also hope we can communicate something important about the world." More »

If you are outside the UK you will not be able to watch any of the video on bbc.co.uk/tribe for rights reasons. However, you may be able to view video on the Discovery Channel's "Going Tribal" website.

Audio Interview

Listen to Bruce talking candidly about his experiences. Don't forget to check back here for updates as this section is added to over the coming months.

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Biography

Bruce's career with the BBC started when, to escape the expected anti-climax of the millennium celebrations, he took a friend Mark Anstice and a camera off to New Guinea Island to climb a little known mountain that he'd spotted on a map many years before. They succeeded in climbing the peak, finding uncontacted peoples along the way and filming the whole journey, the subsequent documentary won awards around the world and was bought by the BBC One series "Extreme Lives".

Bruce was then asked to lead an expedition for Children's BBC taking four boys and four girls aged twelve to fifteen into the jungles of Borneo to work on a conservation project with endangered orangutan. The resulting six-part documentary became the RTS Award winning series "Serious Jungle" and the "Serious" strand began. The next project was a trip to the Namibian desert to take a group of children to work with the endangered black rhino - the last wild roaming group in the world. "Serious Desert" was equally successful and won a BAFTA.

In early 2004 BBC Wales won a commission for a ground-breaking prime time series for BBC 2 about indigenous peoples around the world. Series producer Steve Robinson asked Bruce to present it. Together they worked on the finer details of the premise of the series and the resulting six hour-long episodes took over eighteen months to make. Gruelling for the office team in Cardiff as well as the various teams in the field.

Now in the making of the third series, Tribe has been shown in over fifteen countries worldwide. Bruce also found time to be involved in a three month trek over Greenland in the guise of the Captain Scott of 1911, for BBC2's "The Great Race".

Before entering TV, Bruce had many careers. He stared out life as a Royal Marine Commando at the age of eighteen where he specialized as a Physical Training Instructor. His six-year career culminated in his appointment as the head of all physical aspects of the UK's Commando Training Syllabus at the age of twenty-three.

After leaving the Marines, Bruce spent a couple of years at Loughborough University studying PE and sport before leaving early to lead science and conservation expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Java working with orangutans, tiger, rhino and turtles. In a complete shift of careers, Bruce then left the expedition world to join the ranks of the film industry. Working at first as a runner then as an assistant director and location manager, Bruce worked on numerous feature films, commercials and pop videos for the likes of Blur, Chemical Brothers, Mel B, Manic Street Preachers and All Saints.

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