BBC2 Heads Underground for Fixed-rig Animal Doc

BBC2 Heads Underground for Fixed-rig Animal Doc

15th February 2013

By Balihar Khalsa
BBC2 is to shine a light on the way some of the UK’s most iconic wildlife behaves underground in a Dragonfly-produced fixed-rig series.

The Burrowers, a 3 x 60-minute commission, is an ambitious attempt to follow creatures such as rabbits, voles, badgers and moles as they survive in specially constructed burrows.

The burrows will be designed to be as lifelike as possible, before a huge glass wall is added which will allow the animals’ every movement to be captured.

Shine’s Dragonfly Film and Television is making the series, which marks the company’s first steps into natural history. The indie has also used the fixed-rig camera technique to create The Family, The Hotel and One Born Every Minute.

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham will front the series, which will look at the history of each species and reveal new information about how they operate, such as the way in which water voles store their food into several neat larders tucked away underground.

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