BBC’s - Mountain Life at the Extreme - Behind The Scenes
The new hit series from the BBC - 'Mountain Life at the Extreme' comes to Kendal!
After the success at the Festival of the Planet Earth - Mountains in 2016 we are delighted to welcome this year, series producer Steve Greenwood for an exclusive 'Behind the Scenes' of the 'Mountain - Life at the Extreme' documentary series. Aired in Autumn 2017, this spectacular series reveals the extraordinary people and remarkable animals who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world - the Rockies, Himalaya and Andes. Listen to Steve Greenwood reveal his reasons for making the series and hear first hand stories of the series coming to life.
Steve Greenwood, Series Producer
I was seven years old when I climbed my first mountain – Ingleborough, in the Yorkshire Dales. It was only 723 metres high but I felt like the king of the hill, looking down over the world stretched out below me. It’s a sensation I’ve never forgotten. All these years later I hoped to put that feeling into this series.
I believe mountains make us feel differently about the world. They give us a different perspective on life. It doesn’t matter whether the highest peak we have scaled is Everest or the Brecon Beacons – anyone who’s hiked to the top has sensed that awe and wonder.
That was the mood we wanted for this series. The narrator is Douglas Henshall, star of BBC’s Shetland Series – a Celtic voice full of the feeling of wilderness and also rich with the romance of the hills.
It’s also the reason why we wanted people to have a place in the series. Not only are humans a part of those mountain ecosystems, but our contributors can articulate what it feels like to have a life high up in the great mountain ranges of the world, whether it is a Buddhist monk or a dare-devil extreme skier.
The three programmes all have a very different feel. Himalaya is the land of great extremes – the air is the thinnest, the mountains the highest. It is a land that can be grand, or terrifying. The Andes, because they stretch from south to north, pass through many different climatic zones. It is the mountain range of hidden worlds, each with their own specialist.
The Rockies is the great temperate mountain range of the world where the weather can change on a dime - it is hard to know whether to pack shorts or snowshoes! Here it is all about the romance of the Wild West and I wanted the film to be unashamedly dramatic – whether it was the lightning storms that illuminate the mountain ponds– or the ’Blair witch ‘ style telling of the cougars in the ghost ranch.
The result is three very different films about three very different mountain ranges, but united - I hope – by that sense of wonder I first felt as a seven year old up the top of the Yorkshire Dales.
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