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BBC Producer of "Human Planet Series", Brian Leith

LSESU Oikos public lecture

Date: Monday 4 February 2013 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Brian Leith
Chair: Ben Groom

Although the BBC series 'Human Planet' was produced from the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, it was a very unusual 'wildlife' series: it featured almost no wildlife. It was a series about the most adaptable (and sometimes most destructive) species on our planet: homo sapiens. It showed some remarkable and even shocking images of humans' relationship with nature: a woman breastfeeding a monkey, the killing of a whale, a 'sky burial' in the Himalayas.... Yet it has struck a chord with viewers and won over major audiences, widespread critical approval - and many awards. Why? Because it has upset many of our cherished myths about humans' relationship with nature. Executive producer Brian Leith explores these myths - and why Human Planet was so well received.

Brian Leith is an executive producer at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England, and director of Brian Leith Productions, an independent production company. He has been a wildlife television director/producer for 25 years, with extensive experience both in and out of the BBC. He has produced programmes for all the major UK broadcasters (BBC1, BBC2, BBC4, ITV, Channel 4, five) as well as for many European and North American channels (including Canal +, Discovery, WNET, Animal Planet, National Geographic). He has produced and executive produced many award-winning programmes and series, including, "Africa's Big Game", "Deep Jungle", "Congo", "Ganges", "Wild China", "Nature's Great Events", and "Human Planet". His films have won numerous awards at international film festivals, including two Best of Festival awards (at Missoula, Montana, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming), two BAFTA awards (for "Human Planet"), a Royal Television Society Award (for "Congo"), and a Grierson Award (for "Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life", with David Attenborough.

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