Nature Nuts with Julian Clary
When I was approached by Oxford Scientific Films last year, for a new wildlife series with Julian Clary, I was somewhat bemused! Julian Clary was not a name synonomous with wildlife, so I wanted to find out more.
I soon discovered that the producer of the series was going to be Simon Nash, award-winning producer, working on groundbreaking TV shows for over 20 years. His impressive CV boasts flagship programmes such as Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Animal Diaries.
To add to this, I also discovered that a heroine of mine, Justine Evans, was also going to be playing a part. Justine is a camera-woman who has travelled all over the world, capturing truly stunning images and footage of incredible wildlife spectacles. Justine is one of the Natural History Unit’s most sought after wildlife filmmakers. She has worked on the BBC’s most prestigious wildlife series such as Planet Earth, Life and Frozen Planet.Over the last twenty years her work has taken her to a diverse range of locations all over the world. She has filmed in the Arctic, tropical and temperate forests, deserts, mountains, caves and all the bits in between. More recently Justine has moved in front of the camera and appeared on screen in the natural history expeditions strand Lost Land of the Jaguar, Lost Land of the Tiger and The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World.
As you can imagine, I was soon agreeing to be part of the series, hoping the ‘Nature Nuts’ title was Julian’s idea!! Having said that, I have been completely obsessed with wildlife from a young age, and I suppose some people would see me as a bit of a Nature ‘Nut’!!!
I don’t want to give too much away until the show, but this new programme is soon to be aired as a three part series on a Sunday on ITV at 7pm. The first of the programmes in THIS Sunday 2nd August and I feature, along with friends Joan Lockley and Russell Savory. It was great fun to film and we had a lot of giggles, so I think it is going to be quite funny… in typical Julian fashion!
This release by ITV, sums up the series and I just can’t wait to see it on Sunday. we have not seen any previews, so will be hiding behind the sofa cushions on Sunday….. let me know what you think!
Julian says of the show: “It’s a lovely departure for me into a world I have always been interested in, since I was a child, even though people don’t expect that from me.
“I have been working with amazing cameramen who know to get the perfect shot of a water vole.
“I was sitting in a field at 2am waiting for badgers to appear.
“They are finding people around the country who have a very keen interest in the wildlife in their back gardens. I go and chat to them and we bring in our state of the art cameras to film their foxes and so on.
“I love my own local wildlife. I have bird feeders in the garden and have visits from tits and finches as well as a woodpecker.
“I’ve also put up a bat house because there are bats around.
“I would love do present a more adventurous TV show on wildlife in Africa, with tigers and lions and so on.”
I will be writing another ‘behind the scenes’ blog post after the show… but until then I will have to wait with baited breath, until Sunday!!