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Too Close For Comfort?  (1992)

Hard nuts to crack

In the depths of the African Tai forest, David Attenborough offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of the chimpanzees, exploring the uncanny parallels with our own behaviour.

Award-winning cameraman Mike Richards spent two years trekking through the humid jungle, gathering remarkable footage of the chimpanzees’ highly developed and intimate society. He documents a group of sixty as they wash their food in streams, drink water they sponged from tree hollows, and make use of over nineteen different tools.

An absorbing insight into their social psychology, the chimpanzees’ incredible teamwork is shown ingrained in their everyday activities. Dramatic scenes follow a systematic hunt as the group chase down a terrified colobus monkey, their aggressive behaviour soon replaced by the calm division of their spoils.

Too Close For Comfort? reveals the amazing intelligence and astonishing skills of these highly social primates.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Dubbing Editor: Ian Butcher
Dubbing Mixer: Andrew Wilson
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Music: George Fenton
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: Mike Richards
Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Production Assistant: Lynn Sinclair
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Producer: Mike Beynon
Unit Manager: Nicky Hands

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