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I am a series producer, director and photographer at BBC studios Natural History Unit in Bristol.

 

Originally from Rotherham I became fascinated by the Natural World when I found my first fossil on a beach in Robins Hood Bay on the Yorkshire coast. This eventually led me to work as a palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. In 2002 I was called upon to advise on a BBC series about evolution. Almost twenty years, and many films, later I have filmed in more than 40 countries for high profile series including Life in Cold Blood, Life, Wonders of the Monsoon, Blue Planet II, Big Cats and Attenborough and the Sea Dragon. I most recently produced the highlight, and the greatest challenge of my career – the BBC One series ‘The Green Planet’ with Sir David Attenborough, exploring the world of plants. I produced the Tropical and Desert episodes for which, a decade after my first attempt, I finally managed to capture the story of the rare corpse flower in Borneo.

 

I am driven by a passion to reveal new perspectives on the natural world and to get cameras closer to the action. Over four years I worked with a team of engineers to develop new technology and techniques for The Green Planet – including a new robotic system that I christened the Triffid (after a monstrous sci-fi plant that terrified me as a child). The Triffid enabled camera crews to reveal the extraordinary world of plants in a way that has not been possible before.

 

During my time at the BBC I have worn a space suit of ice to film in the ‘world’s deadliest cave’, climbed one of the highest mountains in Asia in search of a new species of leech as long as my arm, and I led the first team to successfully film the bizarre Pallas’s cat of Mongolia. I love to shine a light on the peculiar and underrepresented members of the natural world, and I am currently producing a new BBC series about lesser known small animals.

 

Thanks very much,

Paul

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  • JoinedDecember 2004
  • OccupationBBC Natural History Unit
  • HometownSheffield
  • Current cityBristol
  • CountryUK
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