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BEHIND THE CAMERA

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"Filming whatever actually happens, without all the hidden paraphernalia of a film crew, and whether in danger or lonely or undergoing various exotic rituals, he has effectively taken the viewers' experience of adventure as far as it can go."

The Sunday Times

PAVING THE WAY

Benedict Allen's television programmes have occasionally been made with the help of a camera-crew but more typically without.

This has allowed him unparalleled levels of immersion in isolated or unfamiliar societies and landscapes, those following in his footsteps including Bear Grylls - and indeed all the television adventurers that we are so familiar with today.

However, nothing was staged, nothing contrived. Unrestrained by Health and Safety rules and the many needs of a camera-crew and director, for better or worse here was the nitty-gritty reality of a genuine expedition.  

No-one, including our presenter, could be sure what would happen next - or even if he would 'pull through.'

Benedict Allen Original TV Explorer

TV / FILMOGRAPHY

Productions Include
 

BBC TWO
RAIDERS OF THE LOST LAKE
 

1 hour, 1995

 

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Presenter

BBC TWO

The Skeleton coast
 

6-part series, 1997

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Sound

Director

Presenter

BBC TWO
The bones of colonel fawcett
 

4-part series, 1998

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Presenter

Writer

BBC TWO / NAT. GEOGRAPHIC
ICE DOGS
 

6-part series 2002

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Director

BBC 2 / BBC FOUR
TRAVELLERS CENTURY
 

6- part series, 2008 , Icon Films

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Writer

HISTORY CHANNEL
EXPEDITION AFRICA
 

8-part series, 2009, Mark Burnett

Presenter

BBC TWO
MOMBAsa To the Mountains of the moon

1 hour, 1996, from the series More Great Railway Journeys

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Writer

BBC TWO

EDGE OF BLUE HEAVEN
 

6-part series, 1998

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Director

Presenter

BBC TWO
LAST OF THE MEDICINE MEN
 

6-part series, 2000

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Writer

BBC 4
ADVENTURES FOR BOYS: the Lost Worlds of Rider Haggard

1 hour , 2007

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CHANNEL 5
Unbreakable
 

8-part series, 2008, Ricochet

Presenter

 

BBC TWO
BIRDS OF PARADISE: The Ultimate QUEST

2-part series, 2017, Tigress Productions

Co-presenter with Frank Gardner

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"In an age of false television and celebrity culture, it's a relief to encounter the real thing."

Time Out Magazine