“Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory” on Disney+ takes viewers behind the scenes as they film nature documentaries
NEW YORK CITY — His friends are lions and leopards, sea lions and seals. Explorer Bertie Gregory introduces us to them on his National Geographic show, “Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory.”
The series takes the 27-year-old presenter and cameraman to the four corners of the earth, and the result is informative and highly entertaining. Viewers can go on his incredible journeys without having to leave the couch.
Gregory nurtured an interest in wildlife photography as a teenager and then developed a special talent for sharing his joy on television.
“The thing that makes me most excited is if I have no idea what’s in store for us,” Gregory tells viewers in the trailer for the show.
And as the title “Epic Adventures” suggests, his journey is as important as his destination.
“Whatever it took to get there, the conditions, the odds,” Gregory said. “We want people to join the adventure with us, and be with us when we fail and be with us when we win.”
Gregory grew up watching nature shows that gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse during the finale.
He decided to take what had been an afterthought and incorporate these scenes into the main narrative of the show.
What sets this series apart from other series all the way back to “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” is that it takes viewers along for the ride.
Each episode allows the audience to feel like they are participating in the storytelling process, making the series more magical and more memorable.
The timing of the release of the show is impeccable. Gregory shows viewers the wonders of the natural world so they can appreciate what we are all at risk of losing due to climate change.
“It’s no secret that the natural world is in trouble because of humans,” Gregory said. “And then when you see a wildlife event just on an astounding scale, it’s emotional.”
In true explorer style, Bertie spent a month on a sailboat in Antarctica – waiting to film.
His patience paid off when he caught what turned out to be the largest collection of fin whales ever caught on camera.
“Each of these whales is 80 feet long, weighs as much as a fully loaded airliner, but it wasn’t just one,” Gregory said. – There were 300 of them.
He filmed from the air using drones and from sea level with gyro-stabilized cameras on his small boat. Then he got into the water with them.
“It’s like being on a freeway and having trucks come by from every direction,” Gregory said.
For him, the risk is clearly worth it for the reward.
“There’s something about seeing wildlife on a really large scale that’s just so, so magical,” he said.
“Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory” was produced by NatGeo and streams on Disney+, both of which are owned by the same parent company as this station.
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