MY LIFE - PENGUIN POST OFFICE
An AGB Films production for CBBC
Narrators: Daisy and Amy Graham-Brown
Amy and Daisy join their dad on the trip of a lifetime to learn about his job as a wildlife film-maker, as he films penguins in Antarctica for the BBC Natural History Unit.
The girls tell their story of a terrifying boat journey across the stormy seas of the Drake Passage (640 miles of open water), living with penguins and working in the world’s coldest and most southerly post office. They learn how to film and record sound on wildlife sequences, do the heart-stopping, goose-bump inducing ‘polar plunge’ and come face to face with a leopard seal. But how will they cope with the psychological challenges of living on a tiny boat, cut off from iPhones and the rest of the world?
WILDSCREEN AWARD Nomination:
Best Children’s Programme
After the Jeremy Clarkson fiasco in Tierra del Fuego, a happier BBC story from the bottom of the Earth.
The natural history film-maker Andrew Graham-Brown has given his daughters Amy and Daisy (aged 12 and 14) the experience of a lifetime by taking them down Patagonia way to watch him film penguins in Antarctica.
The result is a documentary for CBBC, My Life: Penguin Post Office, where the girls tell of their “terrifying boat journey” out from Ushuaia, across Drake Passage to the isolated post office at Port Lockroy, owned by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. There they lived among the local gentoo penguins, and Dad taught them to use his camera.
It should inspire interest in natural history among the CBBC audience and provides a fresh take on Graham-Brown’s “grown-up” Penguin Post Office, which was shown on BBC2 in July.
IAN BURRELL, THE INDEPENDENT
Director / Camerawoman: Ruth Peacey
Sound Recordist: Emma Graham-Brown
Film Editor: Rick Holbrook
Sound Design: Wounded Buffalo
Executive Producer: Andrew Graham-Brown
Series Editor: Kez Margrie