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Episode 1


Produced & Directed
by Tom Hugh-Jones
As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches.

For this, the opening film of the series, Jonathan was sent to Indonesia where he spent a month on the tiny island of Lambata, waiting to film the local fishermen head out to sea and spear a sperm whale - but the whales never appeared. However, his trip to Hawaii was more successful - here, from the back of a jet-ski, he filmed a sequence showing professional surfers riding traditional wooden boards.

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Hawaiian traditional surfing (2:13)
Camera: Jonathan Clay
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Episode 7


Produced & Directed
by Mark Flowers
Rivers provide the essentials for human life - fresh water, food and natural highways, but living by a river isn’t always easy - they can be unpredictable and treacherous.

Jonathan was responsible for filming and directing the 10-minute "Diary" (making-of) film that makes up the final segment of this episode. For this, he and the crew spent two weeks camping on an island in the middle of the raging Mekong River in Laos.

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Human Planet River Diaries, clip 1 (2:21)
Camera: Jonathan Clay
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Human Planet River Diaries, clip 2 (3:18)
Camera: Jonathan Clay
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Episode 8


Produced & Directed
by Mark Flowers
Humans are so clever they’ve built their own habitat, designed to keep wild nature out. Yet as we discover the urban environment is totally dependant on the natural world.

Jonathan shot two sequences for this final episode in the series: macaques raiding a fruit stall in the Indian city of Jaipur, and a riverboat tour to view over a million bats emerging from their roost under Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas.

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Jaipur macaques (3:48)
Camera: Jonathan Clay
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Austin bats (2:27)
Camera: Jonathan Clay