Up Close and Dangerous

up close and dangerous (4/4)
20.00–21.00

This exciting documentary series takes viewers on location with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers as they relive the moments when the tables turned and their subjects became real-life threats. The last programme of the series sees a cameraman stranded on an iceflow with a polar bear. Elsewhere, some sardines prevent a cameraman from spotting a hunting shark until it is almost too late; and a defensive gorilla charges a scientist.

For a wildlife filmmaker, preparation is key to keeping safe. Even with thorough preparations in place, however, a life-threatening situation can develop in seconds. This series charts a number of dramatic stories where close encounters with a range of animals –including sharks, polar bears, komodo dragons and apes –reveal the underlying dangers of filming in the wild. The stories also illustrate how a comprehensive understanding of animal behaviour can mean the difference between life and death.

Among the dramas covered in the series is that of a cameraman who captured the charge of an African elephant;a Swedish filmmaker who is befriended by a leopard seal; and a diver who risks his life to aid a Great White Shark.

Today’s edition features a terrifying encounter in the Canadian Arctic. Filmmaker Adam Ravetch can do nothing when a polar bear attacks his Inuit guide, leaving him trapped on an iceflow. Elsewhere, cameraman Mike Bhana is filming a swarm of feeding sharks in the Bahamas when they start drifting towards him. Moments later, his arm is in the mouth of a shark, and only his experience and courage get him out alive. Plus, a territorial gorilla expresses its displeasure when a scientist takes a step too far.

From polar ice fields to scorching deserts, from the rainforest canopy to the ocean depths, the challenge of filming is a tough one. Yet, despite the hardship and danger, all of the filmmakers featured in this series still agree they have the best job in the world…

up close and dangerous (3/4)
20.00–21.00

This exciting documentary series takes viewers on location with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers as they relive the moments when the tables turned and their subjects became real-life threats. The third programme of the series sees a four-tonne elephant seal throw his formidable weight around.

For a wildlife filmmaker, preparation is key to keeping safe. Even with thorough preparations in place, however, a life-threatening situation can develop in seconds. This series charts a number of dramatic stories where close encounters with a range of animals –including sharks, polar bears, komodo dragons and apes –reveal the underlying dangers of filming in the wild. The stories also illustrate how a comprehensive understanding of animal behaviour can mean the difference between life and death.

Among the dramas covered in the series is that of cameraman Peter Coleman who managed to capture on film the magnificent power of an African elephant in full charge. However, the incredible footage almost cost him his life when the animal hit his jeep.

Elsewhere, Swedish filmmaker Goran Ehlme was befriended by a leopard seal, one of the Antarctic’s fiercest predators. The seal began to bring him penguins as gifts, but can man and leopard seal stay friends for long? “Maybe she thought I was a bit skinny!” says Goran.

Today’s edition features a four-tonne elephant seal who nearly flattens a cameraman; a veteran filmmaker who risks his life to give a great white shark the kiss of life; a hippopotamus who attacks a boat when he feels cornered; and a diving cameraman who fears he may be swallowed by a whale while looking for that elusive shot.

From polar ice fields to scorching deserts, from the rainforest canopy to the ocean depths, the challenge of filming is a tough one. Yet, despite the hardship and danger, all of the filmmakers featured in this series still agree they have the best job in the world…

up close and dangerous (2/4)
20.00–21.00

This exciting four-part documentary series takes viewers on location with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers as they relive the moments when the tables turned and their subjects became real-life threats. In tonight’s instalment, a buffalo stampedes towards a helpless film crew; a feisty chimpanzee gets aggressive; a reef shark is on the prowl; and a leopard takes an unhealthy interest in a filmmaker.

For a wildlife filmmaker, preparation is key to keeping safe. Even with thorough preparations in place, however, a life-threatening situation can develop in seconds. This series charts a number of dramatic stories where close encounters with a range of animals –including sharks, polar bears, komodo dragons and apes –reveal the underlying dangers of filming in the wild. The stories also illustrate how a comprehensive understanding of animal behaviour can mean the difference between life and death.

In this edition, British camerawoman Sophie Darlington is observing lions in Africa when a wounded buffalo charges her jeep. Just inches away from certain death, Sophie has to act fast to save herself.

Elsewhere, cameraman Mike Bhana is filming a swarm of feeding sharks in the Bahamas when they start drifting towards him. Moments later, his arm is in the mouth of a shark and only his experience and courage get him out alive.

Also in tonight’s edition, a chimpanzee asserts his dominance in an attack; a leopard grabs on to a director’s leg; and a killer whale almost mistakes a cameraman for its favourite snack –a seal!

From polar ice fields to scorching deserts, from the rainforest canopy to the ocean depths, the challenge of filming is a tough one. Yet, despite the hardship and danger, all of the filmmakers featured in this series still agree they have the best job in the world…

up close and dangerous (1/4)
20.00–21.00

This exciting new four-part documentary series takes viewers on location with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers as they relive the moments when the tables turned and their subjects became a real-life threat. The first programme of the series sees a three-tonne elephant go on the rampage.

For a wildlife filmmaker, preparation is key to keeping safe. Even with thorough preparations in place, however, a life-threatening situation can develop in seconds. This series charts a number of dramatic stories where close encounters with a range of animals –including sharks, polar bears, komodo dragons and apes –reveal the underlying dangers of filming in the wild. The stories also illustrate how a comprehensive understanding of animal behaviour can mean the difference between life and death.

Among the dramas covered in the series is that of cameraman Peter Coleman who managed to capture on film the magnificent power of an African elephant in full charge. However, the incredible footage almost cost him his life when the animal hit his jeep.

Elsewhere, Swedish filmmaker Goran Ehlme was befriended by a leopard seal, one of the Antarctic’s fiercest predators. The seal began to bring him penguins as gifts, but could man and leopard seal stay friends for long? “Maybe she thought I was a bit skinny!” says Goran.

Today’s opening episode features a three-tonne elephant on the rampage; a cameraman who fears for his guide’s life when a polar bear pounces; an underwater shoot that is interrupted by a school of mysterious sea creatures; a lion with a human hostage; and a producer who finds himself in the mouth of a man-eater.

From polar ice fields to scorching deserts, from the rainforest canopy to the ocean depths, the challenge of filming is a tough one. Yet, despite the hardship and danger, all of the filmmakers featured in this series still agree they have the best job in the world…

up close and dangerous

This exciting new four-part documentary series takes viewers on location with the world’s top wildlife filmmakers as they relive the moments when the tables turned and their subjects became a real-life threat. For a wildlife filmmaker, preparation is key to keeping safe, but even with such preparations in place, a life-threatening situation can develop in seconds.

These dramatic stories of close encounters with a range of animals –including sharks, polar bears, komodo dragons and apes – reveal the underlying dangers of filming in the wild, but also illustrate how a comprehensive understanding of animal behaviour can mean the difference between life and death. Among the stories covered in the series is that of cameraman Peter Coleman who managed to capture on film the magnificent power of an African elephant in full charge. However, the incredible footage almost cost him his life when the animal hit the jeep.

Elsewhere, Swedish filmmaker Goran Ehlme was befriended by a leopard seal, one of the Antarctic’s fiercest predators. The seal began to bring him penguins as gifts, but could man and leopard seal stay friends for long? “Maybe she thought I was a bit skinny!” says Goran. From polar ice fields to scorching deserts, from the rainforest canopy to the ocean depths, the challenge of filming is a tough one. Yet, despite the hardship and danger, all of the filmmakers featured in this series still agree they have the best job in the world…

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