Alastair Fothergill was educated at the universities of St Andrews and Durham, joining the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983. He has worked on a wide range of the department's programmes, including the award-winning The Really Wild Show, Wildlife On One and the innovative Reefwatch. He worked with Sir David Attenborough on The Trials Of Life and again, in 1993, when he produced Life In The Freezer. In 1992 he was appointed Head of the BBC Natural History Unit. In June 1998 he stood down as head of the unit in order to concentrate on his role as series producer of The Blue Planet.
Books:Planet Earth, April 2007