Galapagos (2017)

The Daily Telegraph

“Once in a lifetime. Voyage of discovery. Dive into the unknown. These are the clichés uttered by Liz Bonnin in the opening seconds of Galapagos but, for once, they could hardly be deemed hyperbole. Galapagos is smart stuff… genuinely astonishing… fascinating.”

The Sun

“Liz Bonnin is the lucky presenter who gets to see spectacular and rare creatures, including the pink iguana, in this beautiful series. Stunning. Fans missing Planet Earth should definitely tune in.”

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“Amazing Adventure”

The Daily Mail

“Remarkable three-part series. The deep-water exploration was hypnotic. The whole of the first programme could have been devoted to this adventure alone.”

The Daily Express

“Watching this often felt like an episode of early Star Trek, with a shipful of space-age equipment on a mission to explore strange, new worlds. The highlight of last night’s episode (and possibly of Liz Bonnin’s life) was a breath-taking submarine journey into the deep-sea darkness, a place less mapped than the moon. The surface was no less jaw-dropping, though, especially the encounter with the marine iguanas, fierce salt-spraying aquatic foragers, whom Darwin christened “the imps of darkness”.

The Times

“There were moments of beauty and moments of scientific insight, and often they were the same moments.”

London Evening Standard

“It’s a voyage that takes in oceans, volcanoes and hidden caves, full of spectacular natural wonders. The perfect fix for anyone left wanting more by Planet Earth II… packed with stunning views and finds… Galapagos is a must-watch.”

The National (Scotland)


Radio Times

“Not many of us will go on a proper scientific expedition to the Galapagos islands, but this is probably the next best thing… it’s glorious. The footage, taken with blue light, of a coral reef is breath-taking, while the sight of giant tortoises lumbering through vegetation is both charming and magisterial. We also join Bonnin as she descends into a 100-metre deep volcanic chamber – it’s absolutely spectacular. There is one shot in this week’s programme that is worth the price of admission on its own: a large, magical school of hammerhead sharks seen from below. Beautiful.”

Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge (2016)


“Must-see TV”
“A fantastic, daredevil exploration pitting man against mountain.  Edge of your seat stuff and fascinating, too”
“For once, a series that lives up to the hyperbole of its title”
“Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge will have you cowering behind the sofa if you hate heights, scorpions, or the tarantula-eating wasp that made Darwin doubt the existence of God.  Seriously, palm-sweating, nail-biting stuff; hypnotic if you can keep your eyes uncovered”
“Exciting stuff”
“Viewers with a fear of heights should steer well clear… it’s dizzying stuff”
“Pick of the week”
“It’s a white-knuckle ride… one of the Beeb’s most dramatic expeditions yet”
“Just occasionally, a programme comes along that is sufficiently hardcore to actually live up to its title. Or, in extraordinary circumstances, to exceed it. This is one of the most gripping and extraordinary documentaries I have seen in some time.”
“There must be times when TV crews yearn to be reassigned to the safety of Flog It… Those on Steve Backshall’s new series are instead confronted with life-threatening rockfalls, ground-skimming biplanes and a creature so unpleasant it led to Darwin disbelieving in God”
“This is a terrific two-parter.  It doesn’t often happen watching this kind of factual programme that you genuinely care what is going to happen next.  It’s a dangerous mission of intense claustrophobia and nerve-shredding tension”
Critics choice, eps 1 & 2 – The Mail on Sunday | The Sun | The Independent | The Guardian | The Times | Financial Times | Daily Mirror
Daily Telegraph |  The Independent on Sunday  | The Observer | What’s on TV  | Metro | Saga Magazine | Radio Times | TV Times                    Total TV Guide |  TV Choice | TV & Satellite Week  | The Independent on Sunday  |  The Observer

Jungle Atlantis (2014)





“An absolute gem”
Critics choice – The Sunday Times | The Sunday Telegraph | The Independent | The Daily Mail | The Daily Telegraph | The Times
The Guardian | The Mail on Sunday | Metro | Radio Times | The Observer | TV Times | I | TV and Satellite Week | Total TV Guide

The Plane Crash (2012)




“One of the most spectacular sights you will ever see on TV”
“An investigative science documentary of jaw-dropping vision and ambition… an amazing and unprecedented television experiment… an extraordinary documentary”
“The crash is genuinely spectacular and the lessons learned are valuable… This is a documentary you are likely to remember”
“Eye-catching… a TV spectacle”
“Nail-biting… impressive… extraordinary.  It was all compelling viewing in an extremely old-fashioned televisual way: we were watching something thrilling that had genuinely never been shown before”
“Compelling.  It’s extraordinary television – mesmerising and terrifying, strangely exciting too…  Plane Crash is giddily thrilling.”
“Spectacular… dramatic”
“Remarkable… disturbing but intriguing”
“The sheer gall of it is admirable, and the technological achievement (the 727 essentially becomes the world’s biggest remote-controlled aircraft) remarkable. And that’s to say nothing of the footage of the crash itself, far more tense and impressive than any Hollywood CGI-fest”
“You’ll never forget to do up your seatbelt again.  Riveting”
“One of the most spectacular documentaries of the year”
“The moment it hits the ground is both terrifying and visually stunning”
“Interesting… cool slow-motion”
“Edge-of-the-seat story…  Even though it’s a test, the on-board cameras make it feel all too real”
“It makes for amazing viewing”
“Documentary of the week…  spectacular television…  completely absorbing and often exciting…  when it comes, the actual ‘accident’ is both terrible and stunning”
“A jaw-dropping new documentary… spectacular… amazing”
“Chilling — and spectacular”

Out of Control? (2012)


Seeing Stars (2011)

“Ben Lawrie’s entertaining film observes scientists anaesthetising ants and gluing weeny rucksacks to their backs, ladies knitting inside MRI scanners and a golfer with the yips, all in the interests of revealing the hidden secrets of the human brain”
“An incredible documentary in which scientists explore the secret world of the unconscious mind… proof that science can be discussed in an eye-catching, brain pleasing manner”
“Cool experiments”
“Absorbing… surreal yet revealing”
“This is one of those Horizon films which stirs a pure sense of wonder”
“This fascinating film follows the men and women who are pushing the limits of science and engineering in some of the most extreme environments on Earth”
“A fascinating look into a nocturnal, coffee-fuelled world where stars that twinkle are a problem that needs solving”
“Even viewers who struggle with science will be charmed”
“A film about the ongoing renaissance in telescope construction may sound like a tough sell, but the combination of stunning photography, mind-boggling science and quaintly prosaic terminology (the biggest telescope in the world is called the VLT – the Very Large Telescope) proves irresistible.  In scenes guaranteed never to make you take the accumulation of knowledge lightly again, assorted boffins assemble telescopes while dealing with altitude sickness, film dying stars from the back of a moving jumbo and splash some $6.5 billion in the process.  The fact that they don’t really know what they’ll find out doubles the risk, but also the appeal”



Surviving a Car Crash (2010)

Critics choice – The Times  |  The Telegraph  |  The Independent  |  The Guardian  |  The Daily Express  |  The Sunday Times  |   The Sunday Telegraph  |  Timeout  |  Radio Times

Other projects…



“Catastrophe is a triumph”
“Creationism takes a back seat to science at its most spectacular in a superb five-part series about how massive natural disasters have influenced evolution on our planet – not always for the bad”
“After watching this I guarantee you won’t take take anything as read ever again as this truly breathtaking series ends by explaining the extraordinary cosmic flukes which have helped make Earth habitable”
“History television at its best”