For the eleventh year Tigress has continued to produce 35 high quality wildlife and general factual films for BBC1’s ‘The One Show’ from our Bristol office.
This series we’ve produced wildlife films with Miranda Krestovnikoff, Mike Dilger and wildlife cameraman Richard Taylor-Jones and for our general factual films we’ve been out and about with Alex Riley, chef Tony Singh MBE, history guy Dan Snow, gardener Christine Walkden plus Steve Brown and Jennie Brown to name a few.
Miranda Krestovnikoff visited a Sussex village to find out the story of Bertie the Peacock and his search for a partner. She also headed to south Wales to witness an orphaned buzzard that had been taught to fly by paraglider and cameraman Martin Cray. We sent Mike out into the ‘beast from the east’ to see how animals were coping on the Yorkshire moors.
Meanwhile wildlife cameraman Richard Taylor-Jones has been off to film a baby seals first swim, the march of the Pufflings on the Isle of May – as the Pufflings leave their burrows making their way to the sea under the cover of darkness – and he met up with wildlife filmmaker Russell Savoury to help him film beavers underwater for the first time. Richard also headed to Gravesend in Kent to see how experts were monitoring the welfare on the Thames beluga Whale by using special underwater listening devices.
We sent Alex Riley on a Royal Appointment to meet three people who have all impersonated the Queen. He also visited the ancestral home of the Golden Retriever, in Scotland, to celebrate the breeds hundredth birthday.
Chef Tony Singh went to find out about wedding cakes and was tasked with baking a cake to the recipe of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake. Dan Snow visited artist Rob Heard to find out the story behind the 72,396 shrouded figurines he was making to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. He also visited Gwrych Castle to find out how one childhood dream did come true.
Christine Walkden visited the RHS to find out about an experiment they were running on slugs in the hope of finding out the best way to keep them out of our gardens. Steve Brown headed to Cornwall to see a bumper crop of English Chamomile and the unique way of water them in the heatwave, and we also sent him to Oxford to hear the story of Britain’s ‘Berlin Wall’.
Andy Kershaw met up with Ali and Astro, of UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, to see the sights of their early years around Birmingham on an open top bus – celebrating 40 years of hits.
Other highlights the year included Carrie Grant visiting Scarborough to see how ‘Britney Fever’ had struck the town ahead of Britney performing there, we sent Lucy Siegle on a community speed watch to see if drivers really do slow down and Michael Douglas went to a classic car show to find out how new MOT rules would affect classic car owners.
And finally we met Bristol business man Jasper Thomson who is helping the homeless in Bristol by converting unused shipping containers into self-contained apartments.