About Simon – TV & Film

Key sequences shot by Simon

Planet Earth

  • Shallow Seas: great white shark leaping to catch cape fur seals using ultra slow motion.
  • Ice Worlds: snow petrel, wolves & musk oxen
  • Caves: swiftlets, bats

Blue Planet

  • Orcas (killer whales) attacking sea lions on the beach of Patagonia in super slow motion.
  • Sea lion eating rock hopper penguins
  • Stellaís sea eagle catching sea birds
  • Black-Browed Albatross catching Krill

2013

  • Africa 2013: Countdown to the Rains

Three 60 minute pre-recorded programmes

Simon and Kate Humble present series from the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia. As the region comes towards the end of the dry season, the series documents the lives of the animals in the area as they struggle to survive.

  • The Great British Year

4, 60 minute pre-recorded programmes

Simon filmed the sequences of grebes, hobbies and the sika deer rut.

2011

  • African Cats

Feature length film

Simon was on the camera team for the Disney Nature feature length film. Capturing the real life love, humour and determination of the majestic kings of the savannah.

2010

  • Springwatch

6th series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon shows the biodiversity found in and around Dorset including underwater views of the Dorset coastline.

  • Springwatch City Live

One off, 60 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon goes on Safari in the City.

  • Simon King’s Shetland Diaries

Three 60 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Simon, Marguerite and their daughter Savannah discover the wildlife mysteries of the Shetland Islands.

2009

  • Springwatch Christmas Special

One off, 90 minute pre-recorded programme.

A chance to catch up on the highlights of the 2009 Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes. Simon visits Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

  • Autumnwatch

4th Series. 8, 60 minute live programmes.

A new format this year spreading the eight programmes over 8 weeks. Simon visits Svalbard in the high arctic to see barnacle geese start their migration to the UK.

  • Springwatch – Close Encounters

One off, 60 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon reveals some of the tricks of the trade that enable him to get ëup close and personalí with the UKís wildlife. He also shares some of his favourite encounters with wild creatures and shows us how to get a closer look at wild otters.

  • Springwatch

5th series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon was based in North Wales tracking down the elusive polecat and goshawk.

2008

  • Big Cat Live

Eight 30-60 minute live programmes.

A twist on Big Cat Diary showing live footage from the Masai Mara, using cutting edge infrared and thermal imaging cameras to show animal behaviour that has never been seen before, especially on live TV.

  • Autumnwatch

3rd Series. 8, 60 minute live programmes.

In week one Simon visited Petworth House in West Sussex for the fallow deer rut then moved onto Birminghamís urban jungle to see muntjac deer. In week two Simon travelled to Anglesey to watch ravens and finishes with a dive off the Dorset coast to film conger eels.

  • Springwatch Spectacular

One off 60 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon shows us some of the spectacular wildlife that can be found within the British Isles.

  • Springwatch

4th series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon visits Scotland and reports on many creatures including dolphins, ospreys and the Scottish wild cat.

  • Watching The Wild: Fallow Deer

One off 10 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon watches fallow deer in the New Forest.

  • My Life With Animals

One off 50 minute pre-recorded programme.

A documentary about Simon’s work both behind and in front of the camera.

  • Tiger Kill

One off 50 minute pre-recorded programme.

Part of The Natural World series. Simon meets with Alphonse Roy to find a way to film a tiger making a kill in India.

2007

  • Autumnwatch

2nd Series. 8, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon moved around Great Britain reporting on wild boar in the Forest of Dean, starlings in Somerset, bats in Lancashire and grey seal pups on the Farne Islands.

  • Big Cat Diary

Five 50 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Continuing the stories of the big cats in the Mara.

  • Springwatch

3rd Series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

  • Toki’s Tale

60 minute pre-recorded programme.

Part of The Natural World series. Sequel to Fast Track to Freedom continuing the story of Toki the cheetah.

  • Shark Coast

Pre-recorded programme.

Film of sharks found off the African Coast.

2006

  • Autumnwatch

1st series. 8, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon was based on the Isle of Rum for the red deer rut.

  • Big Cat Week

3rd Series. 5, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Each programme follows the daily activities of the animals of the Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Week The Big Story

One off programme.

  • Big Cat Uncut

1st series. 5, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Behind the scenes analysis of Big Cat footage, Simon gave the expert opinion.

  • Springwatch

2nd Series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon was based on Shetland looking at otters, oystercatchers and other wildlife.

2005

  • Springwatch

1st Series. 12, 60 minute live programmes.

Simon travelled between three different locations, Mull for sea eagles, the London Wetlands Centre and Inner Farne for a mixture of nesting birds.

  • Big Cat Week

2nd Series. 5, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Each programme follows the daily activities of the animals in the Masai Mara.

2004

  • Cheetahs; Fast Track to Freedom

One off, 50 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon helped raise two orphaned cheetahs, Toki and Sambu. From just a couple of months old we follow their story till they become fully grown adults. The film finishes with a dramatic and moving twist as one of the cheetahs is killed by lions.

  • Britain Goes Wild

Twelve 60 minute live programmes.

Simon was based on the Bass Rock, looking at a peregrine nest in a Midlands quarry, and finally at London Wetlands Centre.

  • Big Cat Week

1st Series. 5, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Each programme follows the daily activities of the animals on the Masai Mara.

2003

  • Wild In Your Garden

Ten 30 minute live programmes.

Live garden wildlife in a Bristol suburb. Simon concentrated on a family of foxes.

2002

  • Big Cat Diary

5th Series. 8, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

  • Meerkats Part of the Team

One off pre-recorded programme.

Simon got very close to a family of meerkats so that they accepted him as part of their environment. The star of the show being Little Arnie.

2001

  • Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight – Live from Dinosaur Island

Four 60 minute live programmes, plus an omnibus programme.

Simon co-presented with Bill Oddie, Adam Hart-Davis & Edwina Silver looking at dinosaur fossils of the Isle of Wight.

2000

  • Big Cat Diary

4th Series. 9, 30 minute programmes.

  • Life of Mammals

Bushmen endurance hunt of kudu

Elephants in Chobe

Life

Cheetah coalition killing ostrich.

Wild Africa

Gannets taken by fur seals

Dolphins surfing

Baboons eating limpets

1999

  • Highland Diary

Ten 10 minute pre-recorded programmes.

  • Big Cat Diary

3rd Series. 8, 10 minute pre-recorded programmes.

1998

  • Big Cat Diary

2nd Series. 9, 20 minute pre-recorded programmes.

1997

  • Hot Shots – The Cold, The Quick and The Deadly

Compilation programme

A compilation of highlights from earlier programmes showing top wildlife cameramen at work.

  • Hotshots – Filming the Impossible

Compilation programme

A compilation of highlights from earlier programmes showing top wildlife cameramen at work.

1996

  • Big Cat Diary

1st Series. 6, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes

  • Heading South

Six live programmes over 4 days.

Live outside broadcast from Welney and New Mexico filming migrations.

1995

  • Flamingowatch

Broadcast over 5 days.

Hosted by Simon

  • Hotshots:

Kingfisher

Killing Time

Part of the Family

Shooting In The Dark

The Time Machine

Over Exposed

Grappling with Sharks

Tracking

Beyond The Naked Eye

Rarer, Faster, Closer

Ten episodes.

Simon introduced a behind the scenes look at how wildlife films are made.

1994

  • Beachwatch

4 programmes covering 1 tide.

Simon walked the length of the shingle spit at Blackley Point talking about shingle wildlife.

  • Bird in the Nest

Five 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

1993

  • Life in the Freezer

1992

  • Walk on the Wildside: Waste Not, Want Not
  • The ZZZZ Factor
  • Wild Designs
  • A Degree of Comfort
  • Clean Living
  • Selfish Nature

Six 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Simon filmed, presented and produced all of these programmes.

1989

  • Nest Side Story

One off, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon looked at some extraordinary nests and unravelled the mysteries behind these bird brained building projects, in his search for the strangest nest!

1988

  • Daylight Robbery!

One off, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon took a look at town badgers that many people watch in their own back garden.

  • King and Company

Simon is joined by celebrities such as Toyah Wilcox and David Essex on a series of wildlife filming assignments.

1987

  • The Flying Gourmet’s Guide

One off, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

A guide to the great British bird table, with some camera work by Simon.

  • Brockside

One off, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon looked at the lives of some urban badgers.

  • Priddy The Hedgehog

One off, 60 minute drama.

Animal drama following the adventures of a hedgehog in Somerset.

1986

  • Simon King’s Country Diary

6, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

Simon presented and narrated this series showing sequences on British wildlife.

  • Herrag The Herring Gull

One off, 60 minute drama.

Animal drama following the life of a herring gull born on the small island of Steep Holm in the Bristol Channel.

1985

  • Bird Brain of Britain

One off, 30 minute pre-recorded programme.

Small birds solving big problems. Simon presents programs to test the intelligence of birds.

  • Wildtrack

Mike Jordan visits Simon filming the birth of a fallow deer fawn at Ashton Court in Bristol.

  • Rush The Fallow Deer

One off, 60 minute drama.

Animal drama following the life of a fallow deer.

1984

  • Three in the Wild:
  • Shak The Red Fox
  • Mordicus The Buzzard
  • Toran The Dartmoor Pony

Six 30 minute pre-recorded programmes, 2 programmes per title.

The start of a long series of animal dramas directed with his father, John King.

1983

  • King’s Country

7, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Award winning films made and presented by Simon.

1982

  • The Hidden Land

Simon filmed the wildlife hidden from view in the Costa Del Sol resorts of Spain.

1981

  • The Willow

The wildlife found around and in a willow tree and showed the importance of the willow tree to the Wetlands.

1978

  • Man and Boy

2nd Series. 6, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Simon travelling again with Mike Kendall. Programmes included the Cambrian Mountains, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Home Ground the Norfolk Broads and the New Forest.

1976

  • Man and Boy

1st Series. 5, 30 minute pre-recorded programmes.

Simon travelled around the country looking at British wildlife with naturalist Mike Kendall. Programmes included Exmoor, Cotswold Lakes, an island off Pembrokeshire, the New Forest and the Highlands.

1974

  • A Secret Place

One off, 60 minute drama.

Simon appears in this as a child actor.

1973

  • The Fox

One off, 60 minute drama.

Simon appears in this as a child actor.

 

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