SHOOTING 'DUBAI ULTIMATE AIRPORT' FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

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It’s the end of my time in time Dubai filming a new 10 part documentary series for National Geographic - Dubai Ultimate Airport. You might think you’ve seen it all before but we had unprecedented access to a fascinating ‘super’ airport that will soon overtake London Heathrow as an international hub. I secretly I love a good airport - the smell of aviation fuel reminds me of setting off on adventures to far flung places. Hopefully watching this latest series might have the same effect! Look out for it on Nat Geo in 2013. 

SEARCHING FOR JUNGLE GOLD IN WEST AFRICA

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My latest job has landed me in West Africa where I’m getting a crash course in making documentaries in a jungle. It’s a challenging place to work in.

The first thing you learn is that it’s impossible to stay dry. If I’m not waist deep in murky swamp water, humidity is up to about 85% so I’m soaked to the skin for most of the day. The weather can switch from scorching sunshine to a torrential downpour in minutes but waterproofs don’t help. After a couple of days I ditched mine – they protect you from the worst of the rain but you sweat so much inside, that you feel like a boil in the bag, microwave meal. My jungle boots, thankfully are made by a British company called Altberg and are designed to let the water drain out as you walk. So my feet are just wet rather than waterlogged which makes a big difference.

The locals insist there aren’t crocs and hippos in this part of the river but it’s still a little unnerving wading through an estuary with a camera on my head. A 6- foot snake tried to climb into our lead dug out the other day so there’s definitely a few interesting creatures knocking around.

Despite the mud, sweat and inquisitive snakes, it’s a truly amazing place to be and all the hard work behind the lens should translate to a gritty and exciting new Discovery series. I can’t give away any details yet but it should be a cracker.

Nick is working for award winning, East London indie Raw Television. 

PROMO FOR MY DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES ONE CAR TOO FAR

ONE CAR TOO FAR PROMO FOR THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Here’s a taster of a recent show I series directed for the Discovery Channel.

We dropped an ex-special forces soldier, a petrol head and an old Jeep Wrangler into four of the world’s toughest environments, turned the cameras on and waited to see what happened.

Behind the scenes, it was a monster effort just to get the cars onto their starting positions for each episode. Thanks to some of the best off-roaders in the business, headed up by Duncan Barbour, we managed to get the car and talent into some ludicrous fixes. My favourite had to be the summit of a glacial covered, Chilean volcano.

Roads were out, so moving a small army of crew (sometimes up to 6 cameras) and support teams across sand, ice, water and a mountain range wasn’t easy but the stunning locations and great action made for an epic adventure off and on screen. Hope you agree.