PENGUINS - SPY IN THE HUDDLE
Penguins - Spy in the Huddle is the next in the series of nature "spy camera" documentaries produced by John Downer Productions.
It was broadcast in three parts on BBC One starting on February 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM.
Acorn Media UK released the series on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 8, 2013.
The production team is famous for it's use of hidden cameras to capture nature, in this series the used penguin-cam, pictured here.
"Despite drawing a few quizzical looks, the so-called ‘Penguin-cam’, which has camera lenses in its eyes, was able to waddle in and mingle with the real birds.
They also used an underwater ‘Penguin-cam’ and a ‘Toboggan-cam’, a full-sized Emperor model which can join a group of real birds by slithering in on its stomach – in fact a motorised sledge." - The Daily Mail - February 1, 2013 - Nigell Blundell
EPISODE ONE - THE JOURNEY - FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Synopsis: "Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds, and on the way one becomes lost in a blizzard. Once there, the females flipper flight over the males and those that succeed 'waddle walk' with their partners. They must lay their eggs without touching the ice, but it is the males that face the greatest challenge - overwintering alone in the coldest place on earth." - BBC
"David Tennant is a charming narrator as we learn about the Emperors in the Antarctic this week . . ." - Yahoo TV
EPISODE TWO - FIRST STEPS - FEBRUARY 18, 2013
EPISODE THREE - GROWING UP - FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Synopsis: "The emperor penguins are swamped by hungry imposters as they try to feed their chicks, the humboldts are left in their burrows as the adults head for a beach swarming with cormorants, and the rockhopper youngsters practise their jumping skills. Eventually, having grown up and become independent, all the penguins leave for the sea, tackling the same hazards as their parents before them." - Radio Times
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, Ten, 6.30pm
"He may take star billing, but former Doctor Who star David Tennant has merely lent his charming Scottish burr to this wildlife documentary featuring incredible footage captured by ingenious robotic cameras.
Remarkably lifelike replicas of the emperor, rockhopper and desert-dwelling Humboldt penguins roam among the colonies, filming close-ups that have never been seen before.
The sheer beauty of this strangely human birdlife is indulged with spectacular scenery and Tennant's enlightening and thoughtfully paced script. No attempt is made to anthropomorphise the subjects, and yet it is impossible not to be moved by the sight of a lone penguin trudging towards an icy horizon in search of his flock."