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Alastair Fothergill

Alastair Fothergill (born 10 April 1960) is a British producer of nature documentaries for television and cinema. He is the series producer of the multi-award winning series The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and the co-director of the associated feature films Deep Blue and Earth.

Born in London, Fothergill attended Harrow. He studied zoology at St Cuthbert's Society in the University of Durham and made his first film, On the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and David Attenborough's The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the Unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced Attenborough's award-winning series Life in the Freezer.

He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in 1996.[1]

In June 1998, he stood down as head of the Natural History Unit to concentrate on his work as series producer on the multi-award winning The Blue Planet. In 2006 he completed his next major series "Planet Earth".

More recently he was executive producer of "The Frozen Planet".

He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss and is the author of three books.

He was awarded the "Clean Energy Award" by BMW during the Cinema for Peace award ceremony on 11 February 2008.

In 2008, he signed a multi-picture deal with newly formed Disneynature, and now spends six months each year on sabbatical from the BBC developing feature documentaries as an independent producer. The first two titles under the Disneynature deal had been, for now, African Cats (2011), Bears (2014) and Chimpanzee (2012), co-directed with Keith Scholey and Mark Linfield respectively. Fothergill currently lives in Bristol with his wife Melinda and his two sons, Hamish and William.

Film and television credits


  1. ^ "Medals and Awards".  

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