The Bat Man of Mexico
David Attenborough narrates the story of Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico's very own 'Bat Man', who has dedicated his life to saving bats. Now the legendary drink tequila is also at stake.
David Attenborough narrates the story of Rodrigo Medellin. Since he first kept vampire bats in his bathroom as a child, Rodrigo has dedicated his life to saving them. Now Mexico's most famous export, tequila, is at stake. Rodrigo's beloved lesser long-nosed bat is crucial to the liquor - pollinating the plants the drink is made from. To save both, Rodrigo must track the bats' epic migration across Mexico - braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches. The threats are very real for not only Rodrigo and the bats, but also for anyone with a taste for tequila.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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Behind the scenes
Selfie in bat cave
Director Tom Mustill (left), producer Peter Fison (centre), cameraman George Woodcock (right) in the cave of serpents, wearing masks to protect against lung diseases.
Flying with the bats
A drone is used for aerial filming, capturing the bats in flight.
Tricky camera positions
Setting a cable dolly at the top of a Mayan temple deep in the rainforest.
Behind the scenes video: Millions of bats inside the Mexican bat volcano
Filming in the bat cave
|Camera Operator||George Woodcock|
|Camera Operator||James Aldred|
|Executive Producer||David Dugan|
|Series Editor||Roger Webb|