Bum­ble in the jun­gle

At­ten­bor­ough crew tell of bee hell while film­ing

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Chimp David tries to as­sert au­thor­ity “The num­ber of things we faced ev­ery day was ridicu­lous – like blood-suck­ing mos­qui­tos and tsetse flies. They’re bad – but the sweat bees were hor­ren­dous.

“The small stin­g­less bees swarm around you try­ing to get to any­thing that’s moist.

“They go in your mouth, up your nose, in your eyes, in your hair – they’re the most ir­ri­tat­ing things. Then there are the sting­ing bees – honey bees. If the Sir David and the show’s pro­ducer Rosie chimps raided a bees’ nest we’d have to run as fast as we could in the op­po­site di­rec­tion as the bees would chase you for miles to sting you. It was hor­ren­dous.”

The crew also had to avoid snakes and scor­pi­ons as they trekked through the jun­gle.

Rosie, 38, said: “It’s in­cred­i­bly hot, you have to walk in­cred­i­bly long dis­tances car­ry­ing every­thing – it’s tough.

“Both the cam­era­men and I all caught var­i­ous dif­fer­ent dis­eases of some sort, al­though we don’t know what they were.

“We’re all fine now, but we all ended up in hos­pi­tal back in the UK after one shoot or an­other.”

But Rosie in­sists that the tri­als of film­ing will feel worth it when view­ers see the fi­nal re­sult, start­ing tonight. She hopes Dy­nas­ties will bring as much aware­ness to the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing the nat­u­ral world – and their di­min­ish­ing habi­tats – as 92-year-old Sir David’s pre­vi­ous se­ries Blue Planet II. The se­ries last year led to a boost for the cam­paign to clear the oceans of plas­tic. “When you re­alise this is what these an­i­mals go through it’s quite ex­tra­or­di­nary,” said Rosie. “In West Africa, min­eral min­ing has risen in re­cent years, putting pres­sure not only on David’s group but on chimps across west Africa. “We’re try­ing to raise aware­ness that there’s this com­pe­ti­tion for space and it’s go­ing to be­come more and more im­pos­si­ble for them to adapt. “Hope­fully peo­ple will en­gage with these is­sues and feel what these an­i­mals have gone through.” an­to­nia.paget@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Dy­nas­ties be­gins tonight at 8.30pm on BBC One. Stin­g­less bee was con­stant pain for crew




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