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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. 

HERE'S SOME OF THE FOOTAGE I SHOT OUT IN ALASKA FOR GOLD RUSH SEASON 1

Here’s a clip from the final episode of Season 1 of Gold Rush in Alaska. I was lucky enough to film the moment when the snow swept in, forcing Todd and his crew to shut down the operation and head south to escape the brutal Alaskan winter. Very cold conditions to film in but it made for a great season finale.

SHOOTING GOLD RUSH SEASON ONE

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I’m back from Alaska after an epic two month shoot dodging bears and snow to make what’s going to be an epic ten part new Discovery series titled ‘Gold Rush Alaska’.

The series, shot on HD by a very talented Raw TV crew from the US and UK, follows the fortunes of a group of unemployed men who strike out for the wilds of Alaska in search of gold - a genuine story of man against nature. My highlight would have to be getting up and close to the wildlife including Grizzly bears. Let’s hope we’ve struck TV Gold. (Sorry had to say it!)