Spy in the Wild: A NATURE mini-series

About

In the most innovative production Nature has ever presented, this five-part series employs more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. These “spycams” reveal animals as having emotions and behavior similar to humans: specifically, a capacity to love, grieve, deceive, and invent. Among the featured Spy Creatures are: Spy Orangutan, Spy Croc Hatchling, Spy Meerkat, Spy Egret, Spy Tortoise, Spy Prairie Dog, Spy Macaw, Spy Sloth, Spy Cobra, Spy Bushbaby, Spy Squirrel, Spy Adelie, and Spy Baby Hippo. These robotic, uncanny look-alikes infiltrate the natural world to film surprising behavior among wildlife from around the globe.

Spy in the Wild: Love
Episode 1 airs Wednesday, February 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS


Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing if they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the “spycams” as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys.

Spy in the Wild: Intelligence
Episode 2 airs Wednesday, February 8 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS


Spy Creatures infiltrate the world of animal intelligence, ingenuity, and creativity. Watch our spies disguised as animals observe a gray squirrel stealing Spy Nut, a sea otter cracking open a meal, and an orangutan washing with soap.

Spy in the Wild: Friendship
Episode 3 airs Wednesday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS


Spy Creatures and their new wild friends rely on each other to look out for predators. A Spy Meerkat babysits meerkat pups while a Spy Cobra pretends to attack the mob. Spy Crocs witness a convenient partnership between real crocodiles and birds.

Spy in the Wild: Bad Behavior
Episode 4 airs Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS

Spy Creatures infiltrate the underground world of animal mischief, crime, and retribution. Spy Monkey is caught between crossfires as real monkeys fight over beach bar alcohol. Spy Egret is also a waterhole victim when elephants throw mud everywhere.

Spy in the Wild: Meet the Spies
Episode 5 airs Wednesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS

The final episode explains how the concept of the Spy Creatures evolved at John Downer Productions from the original Bouldercam to the Penguincams that inspired the next-generation “spycams” featured in this series. It shows the painstaking work that goes into building the lifelike models and how the team deploys and operates the robotic cameras on location all over the world. It contains funny and unexpected moments, much of which is experienced from the viewpoint of the “spycams” themselves.

Production Credits Print

SPY IN THE WILD: LOVE

NARRATED BY
BRIAN UNGER

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
JOHN DOWNER

PHOTOGRAPHY
RICHARD JONES
MICHAEL W RICHARDS
FREDERIQUE OLIVIER
NEIL RETTIG
STEPHEN DOWNER

EDITORS
STUART NAPIER
IMOGEN POLLARD

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY

DUBBING EDITORS
PAUL COWGILL
OWEN SHIRLEY

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

COLORIST
ANNA FULLER-CLARKE

ONLINE EDITOR
DANIEL BEARE

EDIT ASSISTANT
JAMES LENNOX-GORDON

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
RICHARD LANCIAULT

ANIMATRONICS
JOHN NOLAN STUDIOS

SPECIALIST CAMERA TEAM
HUW WILLIAMS
HIATT EVANS
JEREMY PARR
GEOFFREY BELL
MALCOLM BEARD

SPECIAL THANKS
DR JILL PRUETZ
DR GOUTAM SHARMA
DR DIGPAL KARMAWAS
SUHAIL GUPTA
BHANU PRATAP SINGH BHATI
CHEGE WA KARIUKI
DR JENNIFER VERDOLIN
NATURAL AREAS DEPARTMENT FORT COLLINS
BOTSWANA PREDATOR CONSERVATION TRUST
DR CYNTHIA MOSS

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
HELEN DREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
LUCINDA AXELSSON

SERIES PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROBERT PILLEY

© 2017 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS LTD
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
ANNE RAY CHARITABLE TRUST
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTION FOR BBC, PBS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL © 2017 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SPY IN THE WILD: INTELLIGENCE

NARRATED BY
BRIAN UNGER

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
JOHN DOWNER

PHOTOGRAPHY
ROD CLARKE
STEPHEN DOWNER
RICHARD JONES
BRIAN McCLATCHY
THOMAS MILLER
FREDERIQUE OLIVIER
MICHAEL W RICHARDS

EDITORS
STUART NAPIER
IMOGEN POLLARD

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY
BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES

DUBBING EDITORS
PAUL COWGILL
OWEN SHIRLEY

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

COLORIST
CHRISTIAN SHORT

GRAPHICS
ANNA FULLER-CLARKE

ONLINE EDITOR
DANIEL BEARE

EDIT ASSISTANT
JAMES LENNOX-GORDON

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
RICHARD LANCIAULT

ANIMATRONICS
JOHN NOLAN STUDIOS

ROBOTICS
MASAHIRO ISHIDA

SPECIALIST CAMERA TEAM
HUW WILLIAMS
KARL GALLIVAN
MATTHEW GOODMAN
ADAM WRIGHT

SPECIAL THANKS
ANGELA DOROFF
DR BIRUTÉ M F GALDIKAS
GAVIN HUNT
KALAHARI MEERKAT PROJECT
DR JILL PRUETZ
US FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
HELEN DREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
LUCINDA AXELSSON

SERIES PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROBERT PILLEY

© 2017 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS LTD
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
ANNE RAY CHARITABLE TRUST
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTION FOR BBC, PBS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL © 2017 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SPY IN THE WILD: FRIENDSHIP

NARRATED BY
BRIAN UNGER

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
JOHN DOWNER

PHOTOGRAPHY
ROD CLARKE
PHILIP DALTON
RICHARD JONES
SIMON NIBLETT
NEIL RETTIG
MICHAEL W RICHARDS

EDITORS
STUART NAPIER
IMOGEN POLLARD

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY

DUBBING EDITORS
PAUL COWGILL
OWEN SHIRLEY

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

COLORIST
ANNA FULLER-CLARKE

ONLINE EDITOR
DANIEL BEARE

EDIT ASSISTANT
JAMES LENNOX-GORDON

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
RICHARD LANCIAULT

ANIMATRONICS
JOHN NOLAN STUDIOS

ROBOTICS
BIOROBOTICS LABORATORY, EPFL, SWITZERLAND
MASAHIRO ISHIDA

SPECIALIST CAMERA TEAM
HUW WILLIAMS
HIATT EVANS
MATTHEW HEALEY
JEREMY PARR

SPECIAL THANKS
MORGAN ANDERSON
BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
PROFESSOR MICHAEL CANT
KIRA CASSIDY
PROFESSOR TIM CLUTTON-BROCK
MARK DEEBLE & VICTORIA STONE
RONAN DONOVAN
GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT
STEPHANIE JACZNIAKOWSKA-McGIRR
DAN MacNULTY
PCSP, NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA
DR JILL PRUETZ
SOUTHERN PLAINS LAND TRUST

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
HELEN DREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
LUCINDA AXELSSON

SERIES PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROBERT PILLEY

© 2017 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS LTD
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
ANNE RAY CHARITABLE TRUST
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTION FOR BBC, PBS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL © 2017 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SPY IN THE WILD: BAD BEHAVIOR

NARRATED BY
BRIAN UNGER

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
JOHN DOWNER

PHOTOGRAPHY
RICHARD JONES
MICHAEL W RICHARDS
FREDERIQUE OLIVIER
STEPHEN DOWNER
PHILIP DALTON
ROGER HORROCKS

EDITORS
STUART NAPIER
IMOGEN POLLARD

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY
BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES

DUBBING EDITORS
PAUL COWGILL
OWEN SHIRLEY

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

COLORIST
ANNA FULLER-CLARKE

ONLINE EDITOR
DANIEL BEARE

EDIT ASSISTANT
JAMES LENNOX-GORDON

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
RICHARD LANCIAULT

ANIMATRONICS
JOHN NOLAN STUDIOS

SPECIALIST CAMERA TEAM
HUW WILLIAMS
MALCOLM BEARD
GEOFFREY BELL
CLEARFLIGHT SOLUTIONS

SPECIAL THANKS
BHANU PRATAP SINGH BHATI
DR KIRA CASSIDY
PETER COX
RONAN DONOVAN
MATTHEW HEALEY
STEPHANIE JACZNIAKOWSKA-McGIRR
KALAHARI MEERKAT PROJECT
DR JILL PRUETZ

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
HELEN DREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
LUCINDA AXELSSON

SERIES PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROBERT PILLEY

© 2017 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS LTD
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
ANNE RAY CHARITABLE TRUST
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTION FOR BBC, PBS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL © 2017 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SPY IN THE WILD: MEET THE SPIES

NARRATED BY
BRIAN UNGER

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
JOHN DOWNER

PHOTOGRAPHY
RICHARD JONES
FREDERIQUE OLIVIER
MICHAEL W RICHARDS
STEPHEN DOWNER
PHILIP DALTON
SIMON NIBLETT
THOMAS MILLER

EDITORS
STUART NAPIER
IMOGEN POLLARD

MUSIC
WILL GREGORY
BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES

DUBBING EDITOR
PAUL COWGILL

DUBBING MIXER
PETER DAVIES

COLORIST
ANNA FULLER-CLARKE

ONLINE EDITOR
DANIEL BEARE

EDIT ASSISTANT
JAMES LENNOX-GORDON

POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
RICHARD LANCIAULT

ANIMATRONICS BY
JOHN NOLAN STUDIOS

ANIMATRONIC DESIGNERS
KARL GALLIVAN
JOHN NOLAN
ADRIAN PARISH
JOE SCOTT
GUY STEPHENS
ADAM WRIGHT

SCULPTORS
TOM BLAKE
NIGEL BOOTH
GARY POLLARD

SKIN FABRICATION
VAL JONES
MARTHA FEIN
REBECCA LOVFENMARK
FINOLA MCLENNAN

ANIMATRONIC PRODUCER
EBONY MAITLAND

ROBOTICS
MASAHIRO ISHIDA
BIOROBOTICS LABORATORY, EPFL, SWITZERLAND

SPECIALIST CAMERA TEAM
HUW WILLIAMS
GEOFFREY BELL

SPECIAL THANKS
ELAINE CARR
DR KIRA CASSIDY
DAN FENWICK
DR BIRUTÉ M F GALDIKAS
MATT GOODMAN
RUSSELL HARPER
MATTHEW HEALEY
DR JILL PRUETZ
ANDREW WRIGHT

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANTS
JAN PARRY
LUCY TODD

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
HELEN DREW

PRODUCTION MANAGER
EMMA BALLINGER

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
ANNA THOMAS

COMMISSIONING EDITOR
LUCINDA AXELSSON

SERIES PRODUCERS
PHILIP DALTON
MATTHEW GORDON
ROBERT PILLEY

© 2017 JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTIONS LTD
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

COORDINATING PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAMES BURKE

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
WHITNEY McGOWAN

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
JAYNE LISI

ONLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL FUNDING PROVIDED IN PART BY
THE ARNHOLD FAMILY IN MEMORY OF CLARISSE ARNHOLD
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III
KATE W. CASSIDY FOUNDATION
LILLIAN GOLDMAN CHARITABLE TRUST
FILOMEN M. D’AGOSTINO FOUNDATION
ROSALIND P. WALTER
SANDRA ATLAS BASS
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

A JOHN DOWNER PRODUCTION FOR BBC, PBS AND THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL © 2017 THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED