Wild Cameramen at Work


Series 1 - Episode 1 Ice



For once the cameras turn on the real heroes of wildlife documentaries – the cameramen who brave remarkable hazards to bring us amazing footage. One describes a frighteningly close encounter with killer whales, another the brain-numbing noise of a penguin colony, yet another the fear he felt when a polar bear seemed set on eating him. But all refer to the magical moments when they capture something special and the hairs on the back of their neck stand up. The first film in this series (first shown in Scotland) focuses on film-makers who specialise in the icy landscapes of the polar regions.


Five of the best wildlife cameramen in the world reflect on their favourite natural history moments from their global careers and reveal how Scotland has helped them hone their skills. Narrated by David Attenborough, the documentary begins by revealing the hardships and hazards involved when filming wildlife in the world's most extreme environments - the Arctic and Antarctic. Renowned polar cameraman and diver Doug Allan recalls some of his most hair-raising encounters and returns to the place where his underwater career began - the freezing depths of a Highland river.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Director Bill MacLeod
Executive Producer Jo Roe
Producer Bill MacLeod
Series Producer Sandy Raffan