Wildlife Cameraman, Gavin Thurston

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Date Published: 25/01/2021
Duration: 01:00:45
Season: 4

Today, I’m joined by multi BAFTA & Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman, Gavin Thurston. Over the last 37 years, Gavin has worked on some of the most famous nature documentaries ever made, like Planet Earth and Blue Planet, most often with his long time collaborator, Sir David Attenborough.


Gavin, ordinarily, spends most of the year travelling, and he’s covered every corner of the globe – its deserts, polar ice caps and deepest sea.

He’s a fantastic raconteur, so this had to be a “long haul” feature length episode.


We talk about his incredibly close shave while filming gorillas in the Congo, what it’s like to be the very first person to see and film previously undiscovered new species of wildlife and film them, the terrifying time his submersible failed at 1000m deep below sea level, and what it’s like spending so much time working with the legend that is Sir David Attenborough.


Destination Recap:

  • Durdle Door, Dorset, England
  • Devon Coast, England
  • Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo
  • Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
  • Sumatra, Indonesia
  • Costa Rica
  • Antarctica
  • Turkmenistan
  • England


Gavin’s book ‘Journeys in the Wild – The Secret Life of a Cameraman’ is out now. You can follow him on Instagram @thegavinthurston.


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Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.


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