4 August 2013
Siberian Tiger Quest nominated for an Emmy award
26 July 2012 - 8pm
Tiger Island UK premiere on BBC2
1 February 2012 - 8pm
ManEater Manhunt UK premiere on Nat Geo Wild
10 January 2012 - 7:30pm
ManEater Manhunt premieres in Asia and Australia on Nat Geo Wild
14 September 2011 - 8pm
Echo an Unforgettable Elephant on BBC 2
3 May 2009
Echo the Elephant died, aged 65
Sri Lanka: Elephant Island
BBC2 9pm Friday 9th August
Sri Lanka, the tropical island lying off the southern coast of India, is home to its own special elephants. A sub species of the Asian elephant, they have their own unique characteristics. In this programme, award winning wildlife cameraman Martyn Colbeck of Echo of the Elephants fame travels to Sri Lanka to try and get to know them.
Martyn has planned his arrival to coincide with the start of the monsoon, hoping it will be the best time to find and follow a new born calf. By drawing on local knowledge, Martyn begins to unravel the complex social world of Sri Lanka's elephants - he witnesses a fight over a calf, a battle between two bulls in musk and, at an elephant sanctuary, befriends an orphaned elephant who sadly lost a leg to a snare and is facing an uncertain future.
Namibia Desert Kingdom
For Terra Mater (to be broadcast soon)
Some people call this the "The Land God made in Anger", while others named it "The Gates of Hell". Sand dunes a thousand feet high, shimmering mirages, scorching temperatures - the deserts of Namibia in South West Africa. Although this place looks totally inhospitable there is a remarkable diversity of life found in the sand rivers that bisect the desert dunes.
This film tells remarkable story of how Namibia's vast desert was formed over eons from the ground sediment of the Orange River in the south of Namibia. Despite the seemingly barren land a surprisingly rich variety of life can be found here from huge desert elephants to herds of oryx, tiny meerkats and vast flocks of sandgrouse. All this prey attracts impressive prides of lions, secretive caracals a several species of desert falcons and cape foxes. Made by the multi award winning team of cameraman/director Martyn Colbeck and producer directed Mike Birkhead this is one of the most beautiful films ever produced on Namibia's Deserts.
Siberian Tiger Quest
Made with PBS and Terra Mater
Hunted almost to extinction, the last wild Siberian tigers can only be found in the forests of the far eastern Russian frontier—but not easily. Ecologist Chris Morgan embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia's far eastern forests.
To help him, Morgan turns to Korean filmmaker Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent more than five years watching and waiting for a glimpse of the elusive creatures, confined sometimes for months in tiny underground pits or 15-foot hides in trees. His technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage that told the story of a three-generation tiger dynasty.
Wild Sri Lanka
For Terra Mater (in production for 2014)
3 x 52 minute programmes
Sri Lanka, a country that defies convention. A tiny island boasting a diverse mega fauna to rival that of a vast continent. Blue whales cruise the shores, leopards and bears prowl the jungles, whilst elephants gather in their hundreds to drink and bathe in its waterways. Nature's giants are here. This is an island with a super-abundance of bio-diversity, crammed to bursting with hundreds of unique and surprising species found nowhere else on earth. For over a quarter of a century Sri Lanka was gripped by a fierce civil war that kept its natural secrets hidden. Now that war is over, and Wild Sri Lanka reveals the island's unseen ecological riches for the very first time.
Queen of Tigers
Friday 19th October at 9pm on BBC2 and BBC HD
The most famous tiger in the world is a natural fighter and a loving mother. She rules Ranthambhore, the most spectacular tiger territory in India. Colin Stafford-Johnson has filmed Machli's whole life. Now, 14 years on, he wants to see his old friend for perhaps the last time to complete the story of her dynasty on the lakes.
A series for National Geographic with Gordon Buchanan
Premiered on Wednesday, 1st February on NatGeo Wild
Wolves, tigers, lions and leopards have fearsome reputations - but in reality they seldom attack people. Scottish filmmaker Gordon Buchanan investigates the deadly exceptions to this rule, looking at why some predators suddenly develop a taste for human prey.