Paul Olding

 



Wonders of the Solar System

 

 

 

 

BBC 2 Sunday 7th March 9pm – Empire of the Sun

BBC 2 Sunday 28th March 9pmDead or Alive

 

 

 

Wonders of the Solar System is a 5 part Hi Def BBC2 series presented by Prof Brian Cox. My episode is called ‘Dead or Alive’ and (generally) looks at the way the heat within worlds keeps them alive, but can also run out leading some to an early death.

 

First stop India. Heading out of Mumbai, we travelled to Mahabaleshwar to experience Venus through the massive lava flood plains of the Deccan Traps. We were also there to film the solar eclipse over the Ganges in Varanasi for the episode Empire of the Sun.

 

Next we got flights to the city of Middlesboro in Kentucky, the town built inside a huge asteroid impact crater. Could it have been made by an asteroid sent by Jupiter? Then onto Arizona to the Grand Canyon, one of Earth’s own natural wonders, but not the largest canyon in the Solar System.

 

Across to Big Island, Hawaii to climb Mauna Kea, built like Olympus Mons on Mars, only not as big. Also to witness the red hot lava of Kilauea. Over to Maui to talk to the scientists tracking PHAs or potentially hazardous asteroids and to attempt (and fail) to see the Persied Meteor shower.

 

Finally, to Ethiopia, to the molten lava lake of Erte Ale and chance to experience the one of Brian’s wonders of the Solar System – the volcanic world of Io.

 

 

 

Come back for regular updates, behind the scene videos, and general gossip.

 

 

 

Awards

 

Winner: Award for Scientific Merit 2011

 

 

Winner: Best Popular & Science Technology Award 2011

 

 

Winner: 2011

 

 

Winner: Best Documentary Series: Science & Natural History 2010

 

 

Winner: Best Documentary Series 2010

 

 

Elements

Winner: Young Jury Prize for Best TV Documentary

European Science TV and New Media Awards 2010

 

 

Nominated: Best Documentary Series

Broadcast Awards 2010

 

 

Nominated: Best Director Factual

Bafta Craft Awards 2011

 

 

 

1st Stop - INDIA July 2009

 

 

 

Pune Market

 

 

 

Filming the Deccan Traps,

Marhabaleshwar

 

 

Me and Cox

 

 

Varanasi, to film the solar eclipse

 

 

 

In a boat on the Ganges

 

 

Ganges mayhem

 

 

Filming during the eclipse

 

 

 

Lots of people on the Ghats

 

 

Just after totality

 

 

 

Watch some behind the scenes videos on YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Stop – USA August 2009

 

Middlesboro, Kentucky

 

 

 

All the best locations

 

 

 

With the band

 

 

Big Apple

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

 

 

Setting up timelapse

 

 

Filming at the

Grand Canyon

 

 

 

Ben filming sunset

 

 

Barringer Crater

 

 

 

Jibbing out

 

 

 

With DoP Chris King

 

 

 

Riding with the drugstore cowboy

 

 

 

Filming in the car

 

 

It’s a wrap

 

 

 

Prof Cox with his photos of Mars

 

 

Drugstore Cowboy

 

 

Big Island and Maui, Hawaii

 

 

 

Filming on Mauna Kea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting on the chopper

 

 

With all the kit

 

 

 

Flat tyre

 

 

Rainbow

 

 

Tired

 

 

 

Chris forgot something

 

 

 

Special Needs

 

 

Y.M.C.A

 

 

3rd Stop – Ethiopia September 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Chopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nasty volcanic gases

 

 

 

First sight of the

lava lake

 

 

 

Sleeping Out

 

 

 

Extreme Filming

 

 

 

Body Mount Filming

 

 

 

Trying to Keep cool…

 

 

…By Any means

 

 

 

At the North Crater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Team

 

 

 

Preparing to Abseil

 

 

 

It’s a Wrap

 

 

 

 

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