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by Andrew Langley
Foreward by David Attenborough

George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd 1985
197 pages

hardback with d/j - approx 25cm x 19cm - no inscriptions

This richly illustrated book tells the story behind one of the most ambitious and polished television natural history series ever. Behind the sounds and images on our screens lie four years' hidden effort by a dedicated band we never see. Producers, cameramen, sound recordists, researchers, editors, graphic designers, composers...all these people and many others have told Andrew Langley their part of the story and he has pieced together the pattern embracing each effort.
The mood shifts; sometimes we feel the meticulous planning of a military campaign; sometime the creativity of the artist, tempered by careful scientific research. Boundless patience with unco-operative bureaucrats and animals alike; the explorer's urge; personal bravery in the face of hostile environments; ingenuity in finding ways to do the seemingly impossible; technical mastery. The locations shift: from the Poles, through temperate savannah and forest, arid desert and steamy rain forests, to the oceans and the atmosphere itself. Often on location, sometimes in the studio; throughout, the common thread is sensitivity to the plants and animals and their environments.

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