Team biographies

Millions of years ago incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents.

Published: 22 October 2019

For the last 60 years, David Attenborough has been one of
 the world’s leading natural history filmmakers, making landmark series including Life On Earth, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, seen by billions
 of people across the world. His extraordinary career has spanned black and white, colour, HD and
3D formats and his films have 
won multiple Emmys and British academy (Bafta) awards.

David was knighted by the Queen in 1985 and was given Britain’s highest honour, the Order of Merit. He has also received numerous other awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society.

In Britain, David Attenborough is considered a national treasure and has recently been voted Britain’s most popular trusted person.


David’s films continue to push the boundaries of camera technology and CGI in factual storytelling. His latest ambitious multimedia projects include both apps and virtual reality (VR) which both entertain and educate global audiences of all
 ages.

David joined the BBC in 1952 and within several years created his acclaimed Zoo Quest series - filming wild animals in their natural habitat for the very first time. By 1965, he was Controller of BBC Two and responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain.

In 1973, he left BBC senior management to return to his passion of programme-making. The internationally acclaimed, thirteen-part series Life On Earth was the most ambitious series that had ever been produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, and created the famous ‘landmark’ format that continues to make the Natural History Unit world renowned to this day.

Throughout the 1990s, David presented natural history series to huge global audiences, including The Trials Of Life (1990), The Private Life Of Plants (1995), and The Life Of Birds (1998).

In autumn 2000, David presented State Of The Planet and a year later The Blue Planet. In 2002, he presented the immensely popular Life Of Mammals, followed by Life In The Undergrowth and Life In Cold Blood. In 2006, he narrated the much-celebrated blue-chip series, Planet Earth, followed by Life (2009) Frozen Planet (2011), Africa (2013) and Life Story (2014).

In 2016, he made two award-winning specials: Light On Earth and Attenborough’s Giant Dinosaur. Sir David has presented the four time Bafta and two time Emmy award-winning series Planet Earth II (2016) along with Emmy award-winning series Blue Planet II, (2017) for which he won the award for Outstanding Narrator and most recently Dynasties, (2018).

Jonny Keeling, executive producer

Filming firsts

North America

  • Lynx hunting snowshoe hare from drone
  • Polar bears jumping from rocks to catch adult beluga whales
  • Firefly spectacle shot using motion control tracking time-lapse camera

South America

  • Puma successfully hunting adult guanaco
  • Multiple Andean bears feeding in a single tree at 30 metres up in the cloud forest
  • Mimic poison dart frog parents piggybacking their tadpoles to secret hiding spots in the Amazon forest

Antarctica

  • The largest aggregation of great whales ever filmed
  • Jellyfish being caught and eaten by sea anemones in Antarctica
  • Leopard seal hunting gentoo penguins from drone
  • Orca hunting gentoo penguins from drone

Europe

  • European wolves hunting at night in the mountains of Italy
  • Pelicans flocks mugging cormorants in the vast expanse of the Danube delta
  • The antics of thieving hamsters in Vienna’s cemeteries

Asia

  • Sarada lizards (look like colourful miniature dinosaurs) battling
  • A newly-discovered species of viper hunting - first broadcast 4K quality footage (not the very first footage but the snake is a newly discovered species)
  • Sumatran rhino singing

Australia

  • Dingo hunting kangaroos in the wild
  • Mass shark aggregation from drone
  • Wild Tasmanian devil den
  • Spid-a-boo mating dance first 4K broadcast quality footage (the jottus jumping spider is a newly discovered species)

Africa

  • Brown hyena in the Namib desert filmed using drone
  • Sir David Attenborough with last two northern white rhinos on Earth

Dr Jonny Keeling is the executive producer of Seven Worlds, One Planet. He's worked at BBC Studios Natural History Unit for 23 years, where he has produced, directed, series produced and exec produced across various wildlife series and documentaries including Planet Earth, Planet Earth II, The Life Of Mammals, Mountain Gorilla, The Natural World, Wildlife On One, Lost Land Of The Volcano and Lost Land Of The Tiger.

Scott Alexander, series producer

Scott Alexander is the series producer of Seven Worlds, One Planet. He has spent over 20 years with BBC Studios Natural History Unit, filming on all seven continents. He has produced live TV from the middle of the Masai Mara for Big Cat Live, series produced the award-winning children’s wildlife series Deadly60 and directed Sir David Attenborough on the Bafta-winning landmark series, Life In Cold Blood.

Chadden Hunter, producer of North America and South America

Dr Chadden Hunter is an Australian wildlife biologist and filmmaker. After completing a PhD on gelada baboons in Ethiopia, Chadden worked with National Geographic and Discovery Channel, filming everything from tribal ceremonies in Africa to snow leopards in Pakistan.

On the BBC series Planet Earth he became known as 'the guy covered in bat poop', and whilst filming arctic wolves for Frozen Planet learnt that minus 40C was cold enough to freeze his eyes shut. His credits include Series Producer on Wild Arabia which was nominated for two Emmy awards. While producing the Grasslands programme for Planet Earth II Chadden discovered a new-found respect for any rhinoceros he meets on foot in long grass. On Seven Worlds, One Planet Chadden produced and directed the North America and South America episodes filming everything from lynx in the Yukon to puma in Patagonia.

Emma Napper, producer of Asia and Australia

Dr Emma Napper is the producer of the Asia and Australia episodes of Seven Worlds, One Planet. Originally from Manchester, she grew up escaping into wildlife programmes, then studied as a zoologist, before starting to work at the BBC in 2004. Since then, Emma has worked on a number of David Attenborough series showcasing animal behaviour, including Life In The Undergrowth, Madagascar, Life, Life Story and Planet Earth II. She has been lucky enough to film an amazing variety of animals from tiny bugs to chimps and caiman-hunting, Jaguars!

For Seven Worlds, One Planet she travelled to the deserts and jungles of Australia and secret spots in South East Asia to capture new stories of animal characters, and worked with her team to filmed stories from all corners of these continents.

Fredi Devas, producer of Antarctica

Dr Fredi Devas is an award winning wildlife filmmaker who cares deeply about the natural world and the challenges it faces. After completing a PhD on chacma baboons in Namibia, Fredi did research on the bushmeat trade in Equatorial Guinea, and then spent time living with the San bushmen in Southern Africa.

Having worked on Planet Earth II, Frozen Planet and Wild Arabia, he’s been lucky enough to film hyenas roaming the streets in Ethiopia, polar bears feasting on a whale carcass, and camel racing with robotic jockeys.

On Seven Worlds, One Planet he returned to his love of the Antarctic wilderness. Highlights involved being surround by half a million king penguins, but he was also struck by the impact human activity is having on wildlife in such remote locations.

Giles Badger, producer of Europe and Africa

Giles Badger is the producer/director of Seven Worlds, One Planet Europe and Africa episodes. He’s worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 17 years where he has produced and directed across titles including Life In The Air, Monkey Planet, Super-Smart Animals and Wild China.

After completing a Zoology degree at Bristol University, Giles worked as a safari guide in Botswana. Here his passion for the wildlife of the Africa continent grew.

In his career, Giles has followed geese over the Himalayas, trekked with polar bears in the arctic, shared caves with 10 million bats and families of baboons, and most recently gained a new found love of wildlife closer to home - in Europe.

Series credits

  • BBC commissioning editor - Tom McDonald
  • Executive producer - Jonny Keeling
  • Series producer - Scott Alexander
  • Producers
    Giles Badger
    Fredi Devas
    Chadden Hunter
    Emma Napper
  • Assistant producers
    Charlotte Bostock
    Kiri Cashell
    Maddie Close
    Nick Green
    Jo Haley
    Abi Lees
    Lucy Wells
    Sarah Whalley
  • Researchers
    Michael Becker
    Jo Stead
  • Junior researcher - Tom Parry
  • Head of production - Maria Norman
  • Production manager - Caroline Cox
  • Production executives
    Katie Hall
    Kate Gorst
  • Junior production managers
    Nicola Kowalski
    Natasha Prymak
  • Production coordinators
    Zoë Beresford
    Cleone Fox
    Gemma Templar
  • Camera and sound
    John Aitchison
    Neil Anderson
    Grant Baldwin
    Dan Beecham
    Howard Bourne
    Barrie Britton
    John Brown
    Santiago Cabral
    Rod Clarke
    Martyn Colbeck
    Tom Crowley
    Sophie Darlington
    Cristian Dimitrius
    Tony Driver
    Justine Evans
    James Ewen
    Bertie Gregory
    Ted Giffords
    Robert Hawthorne
    Justin Hofman
    Daniel Hunter
    Jonathan Jones
    Sandesh Kadur
    Paul Klaver
    João Paulo Krajewski
    Louis Labrom
    Tim Laman
    Alastair MacEwen
    Mark MacEwen
    Justin Maguire
    Pete McCowen
    Jamie McPherson
    Hugh Miller
    Henry Mix
    Roger Munns
    Mark Payne-Gill
    David Parer
    Jacky Poon
    Espen Rekdal
    Andre Rerekura
    Edward Saltau
    John Shier
    Hector Skevington-Postles
    Rolf Steinmann
    Toby Strong
    Nick Turner
    Alex Vail
    Tom Walker
    Chris Watson
    Max Hug Williams
  • Film editors
    Nigel Buck
    Robbie Garbutt
    Angela Maddick
    Matt Meech
    Andy Netley
    Dave Pearce
    Jack Roberts
  • Additional editors
    Nick Carline
    Chrissa Geering
    Emma Jones
    Doug Main
    Owen Porter
  • Online editors
    Simon Bland
    Franz Ketterer
  • Edit assistants
    Aleks Grant
    Greg Slater
  • Post production supervisor - Miles Hall
  • Series development
    Nick Easton
    Reneé Godfrey
    Doug Hope
    Dan Huertas
    Emily Miller
    Luke Ward
  • Development producers
    Jane Atkins
    Rosie Gloyns
  • Development assistant producer - Jo Avery
  • Production team
    Edward Anderson
    Claire Arthur
    Dan Butt
    Jack Delf
    Patrick Evans
    Angel Garcia-Rojo
    Craig Haywood
    Lauren Jackson
    Olly Jelley
    Vicky Knight
    Sophie Lanfear
    Felicity Lanchester
    Mary Melville
    Adam Oldroyd
    Olly Scholey
    Jackie Stearns
    Deya Ward
    Theo Webb
    Jess Webster
  • Scientific consultants
    Professor Iain Stewart
    Professor Christopher Scotese
  • Production management assistant - Sadie Coles
  • Assistant production accountant - Kelsie Chappell
  • Production accountant - Sue Luton
  • Dubbing mixers
    Graham Wild
    Chris Domaille
  • Sound editors
    Kate Hopkins
    Tim Owens
  • Colourist - Adam Inglis
  • Graphics - Hello Charlie
  • Theme music - Hans Zimmer and Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music
  • Original music - Jacob Shea for Bleeding Fingers Music
  • Score producers - Hans Zimmer and Russell Emanuel
  • Score supervisor - Christopher J. King
  • Music production services - Steve Kofsky
  • Out There performed by Sia and Hans Zimmer
  • Out There composed by Sia, Christopher Braide and Hans Zimmer
  • Out There produced by Russell Emanuel for Bleeding Fingers Music
  • Out There original production by Christopher Braide
  • Out There arranged by Andrew Christie for Bleeding Fingers Music

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