Crocodile Blues

Format
1 x 60
Commissioner
BBC, Animal Planet, ITV Global Entertainment
Distributor
ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Completed
2008
Premiered
BBC2 -

Reptile expert Rom Whitaker battles to save the world¹s oldest crocodilian, India’s gharial, from extinction.

 

‘Some Natural World films offer us a cuddly-cute slice of (wild)life but not this one……it’s a hard hitting programme about an extraordinary creature’  David Butcher, Today’s Choice, Radio Times, 29th Nov – 5th Dec 2008

Credits

Narrated by
SUSHEELA RAMAN

Produced by
BEN ROY

Presented by
ROMULUS WHITAKER

Film Editor
THOMAS KELPIE

Photography
ROBIN SMITH
SARAVANAKUMAR
DUNCAN FAIRS
SHEKAR DATTATRI

Original Music
MUSICOTOPIA

Graphics
BIG SQUID

Dubbing Mixer
RICHARD LAMBERT

Colourist
Christian Short

Post Production
Films at 59

Production Coordinators
ABI HOBDEN
CLAIRE HICKMAN

Production Manager
Andie Clare

Special Thanks
MADRAS CROCODILE BANK
KATERNIAGHAT FOUNDATION
WWF-INDIA
WILDLIFE SOS
VETERINARY GROUP OF THE IUCN-SSC CROCODILE SPECIALIST GROUP
GHARIAL CONSERVATION ALLIANCE
DHRUVAJYOTI BASU
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS WILDLIFE, UTTAR PRADESH, MADHYA PRADESH AND RAJASTHAN

Archive
SURESH CHAUDHARI
SANJEEV YADAV
JANAKI LENIN
NICK BAKER

Executive Producers
HARRY MARSHALL
LAURA MARSHALL

An Icon Films Production for BBC and Animal Planet in association with ITV Global Entertainment

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Crocodile Blues Publicity Notes

The gharial, the world¹s oldest crocodilian, is on the very edge of extinction.  Already critically endangered, this winter in India its numbers were decimated by a mystery die-off.  Reptile expert Rom Whitaker has spent 30 years battling to save the gharial, and this year his struggle has finally come to head.  Can Rom and his team discover the cause of the die-off?   Can they ensure the future of the species through breeding in captivity?  And can they observe and film the very last wild animals that, until this year, still bred naturally in the wild?

 

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