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BBC to Film New Wildlife Programme 12 October 2006

A BBC crew visited the Isle of Man yesterday to film a half hour programme for a themed series on British endangered wildlife. Marlene Kneen, Department of Tourism & Leisure Communication

The presenter of the programme is former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati who played Sunita Alahan for several years. The crew were taken out to The Sound in a boat by George Platt from Port St Mary and filmed the grey seals in the area. During their couple of days on the Island, they met with and were assisted by representatives from Department of Tourism and Leisure, John Galpin, Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, Dr Fiona Gell, Wildlife and Conservation Division of DAFF, and Chris Sharpe, project manager of Manx Bird Atlas.

Shobna and the crew thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Island. She said:

‘Despite the blustery weather I have had a fantastic day and met with so many friendly and hospitable people. I hope to return for longer next time with my 10 year old son Akshay.’

Unfortunately Shobna could only join the crew for the first day of filming due to her current busy schedule filming for the TV series ‘Where the Heart Is’. Director Don Jones and camera man Sean Twamley remained on the Island today for further filming.

BBC film crew pictured left–right – Presenter Shobna Gulati,Tourism and Leisure Minister Hon David Cretney MHK commented:

‘I am pleased the BBC chose to include the Isle of Man in their series. It is a boost for eco-tourism and we were delighted to welcome the crew. I hope it will encourage people to explore the abundant natural beauty of the Island and its wildlife’

In order to allow the programme-makers to film winter/migratory species, the programmes will not be broadcast until either the end of 2006 or the start of 2007.

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