Peter Copeland was a passionate and prolific sound engineer, working on a large number of wildlife films throughout his long and varied career. Responsible for the final mix on David Attenborough's groundbreaking series, Life on Earth (1979), Peter's talent for sound recording was spotted at school.
Encouraged by his teachers, Peter applied to the BBC and was accepted into their Control Room at Bush House. Peter then worked on a diverse mix of shows throughout the early 1960s. By the mid 1960s he became studio manager at Broadcasting House and later moved to BBC Bristol.
Working with the Natural History Unit, Peter contributed to a wide range of productions, taking responsibility for sound on Eastward with Attenborough (1973-1974), Wilderness (1974) and numerous programmes for The World About Us and Wildlife on One strands.
Spending several years as senior dubbing mixer, Peter left the BBC in 1986 to work at the National Sound Archive (now part of the British Library). Responsible for rescuing and preserving many historic recordings, Peter spent over fifteen years working at the archive before his retirement in 2002.
Peter died on the 30th July 2006, aged 64.
|The World About Us: Cranborne Chase (1973)||Sound|
|Taste For Adventure: Bill's Big Hill (1975)||Sound Mixer|
|Wildlife Safari to Mexico: Across the Cactus Desert (1976)||Sound|
|Wildlife Safari to Mexico: On The Scorpion Reef (1976)||Sound|
|Wildlife Safari to Mexico: To The Islands of the Sea Wolf (1976)||Sound|
|Life on Earth: Life in the Trees (1979)||Sound|
|Life on Earth: The Infinite Variety (1979)||Sound|
|The World About Us: Kopje - A Rock for All Seasons (1980)||Sound|
|The Rotten World About Us (1980)||Dubbing Mixer|
|The World About Us: Tree of Thorns (1980)||Sound|
|Wildlife on One: Flower from The Flames (1981)||Dubbing Mixer|
|Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind (1981)||Sound,|
|Wildlife on One: The Impossible Bird (1981)||Dubbing|
|The Incredible Heap - The Story of Garden Compost (1981)||Sound|
|Wildlife on One: Twentieth Century Fox (1981)||Sound|
|The Flight of the Condor: Ice, Wind and Fire (1982)||Dubbing Mixer|
|The Bat that Cracked the Frog Code (1982)||Dubbing Mixer|
|The World About Us: A Highly Desirable Residence (1983)||Sound|
|Aliens From Inner Space (1983)||Dubbing Mixer|
|Wildlife on One: Nightlife (1983)||Dubbing|
|The World About Us: On the Tracks of the Wild Otter (1983)||Dubbing|
|Secret Weapons (1983)||Sound|
|Wildlife on One: Serpents Secrets (1983)||Dubbing|
|The Living Planet: New Worlds (1984)||Dubbing Mixer|
|Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean (1985)||Dubbing Mixer|
|The Living Isles: A Natural History of Britain and Ireland: After the Ice (1986)||Sound|
|The Natural World: Leopard- A Darkness in the Grass (1986)||Dubbing|
|The Living Isles: A Natural History of Britain and Ireland: Sheltering with Man (1986)||Dubbing|
|The Living Isles: A Natural History of Britain and Ireland: Streams of Life (1986)||Sound|
|They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean (1999)||Dubbing Mixer|