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Episode 5

Episode 5 of 7

Nick Knowles presents as the budding wildlife film-makers face two big shocks in their bid to win a job at the BBC's prestigious Natural History Unit.

The budding wildlife film-makers face two big shocks in their bid to win a job at the BBC's prestigious Natural History Unit. They arrive at Mzima Springs in Kenya, which with its crystal clear water is normally the best place in the world to film hippos and crocodiles. Their plans must change when the scale of the drought in the area means that hippos are beginning to starve and die before their eyes. Not only that, their campsite is hit by a terrifying dust devil.

Presenter Nick Knowles and series expert James Honeyborne are joined by multi award-winning wildlife film-maker Vicky Stone. She has spent years documenting the animals here, and discovers the harrowing story unfolding at the Springs. The lack of rain over the last three years in this part of Kenya has left the grass that hippos graze on in short supply.

There are tell-tale signs of the unfolding crisis, and an expert's eye would spot the changes in animal behaviour, but will the competitors realise the extraordinary story which is happening all around them?

Hippos and crocodiles are some of the most dangerous animals in Africa so the teams are given specialist filming equipment to help get them close to the action, including a 'croc coffin.'

As usual James Honeyborne has a tough task deciding who has done enough to go on to the next part of the competition and who will be sent home.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 9 Apr 2010 00:50

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Nick Knowles
Participant James Honeyborne
Executive Producer Martyn Smith
Producer Spencer Kelly

Broadcasts

  • Wed 19 Aug 2009 19:30
  • Thu 20 Aug 2009 21:05
  • Sun 23 Aug 2009 22:20
  • Tue 29 Sep 2009 02:20
  • Fri 9 Apr 2010 00:50