Martin Pailthorpe is a television producer and director with over 25 years' experience of making challenging programmes in remote and testing environments. For full CV click here
He has just returned from Venezuela, where he was carrying out a recce for a four part Discovery UK/Sky 3D Channel series, fronted by Monty Halls and Leo Houlding, and featuring extreme climbing and wildlife exploration. The destination was the Canaima region, home to the legendary `Lost World' tepuis. Sadly the shoot, due for March/April, had to be cancelled a week before the first team members left the UK because of the worsening political situation in Venezuela.
In late 2013, Martin was in Zambia for five weeks, to make three `as it happens' programmes about the transition between dry and wet season, and the effect that has on the animals of the Luangwa River Valley - the series transmitted on BBC2 on Sunday 3, 10 and 17 November.
2013 saw Martin team up with Monty Halls again to produce and shoot two episodes in the C5 series `Monty Halls' Dive Mysteries' - first at the legendary Blue Hole, in Dahab, Egypt, then on the wreck of the Cornelia B Windiate in Lake Huron
2012 saw Martin team up with Dick and James Strawbridge to direct and edit on series 2 of ITV's `Hungry Sailors', as well as a brief trip to the USA to film for Nat Geo's `Family Guns', and a stint edit producing `Body Invaders' for Discovery UK. As 2013 gets under way, he is about to start filming a new series with Monty Halls - more about that later!
In 2011, Martin PD'd on a couple of productions for Tigress in Bristol (Wild Case Files and Alone in the Wild).
Prior to that, he spent three years as series producer, self-shooting PD and editor on 3 series of `Monty Halls' Great Escape' - Series 1 followed Monty as he and his manic dog Rueben moved into an abandonned cowshed on the West Coast of Scotland to live the `good life'. Its run on BBC2 attracted nearly three million viewers.
Series 2 saw Monty working as an environmental ranger in the Outer Hebrides -
Series 3 saw him moving to Ireland, to work alongside a local whale and dolphin conservation group while living in the jaw-droppingly beautiful village of Roundstone, in Connemara
Previous projects include working with Ray Mears, Chris Ryanand Bear Grylls, supervising two production teams climbing to the top of Everest, filming with wildlife as diverse as sharksand albatross , and working in temperatures from -35 in Siberia to 110 degrees in the Australian Outback.
From Tibet and China to Australia and New Zealand, from Alaska to the Falkland Islands, he has taken thousands of photographs of the people and places he has visited, and they are displayed on this website, along with those taken closer to his home in the Westcountry.
His films can regularly be seen on The BBC and Discovery Channel.