Penguin Safari (2006)
This week-long series was filmed over forty days during October and November, the Antarctic spring, amongst the spectacular wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery of the island of South Georgia. I became friendly with the penguin stars and a supporting cast of other animal characters, as they spent the short spring courting, breeding, laying eggs, bickering and eventually feeding their newborn babies!
The first and most majestic of the penguins were the kings. They certainly deserve their royal name, as they strut around on the beach, backs straight and heads held high. The comical gentoo penguins were next. I made friends with Terry and June, the most house-proud birds Iíve ever met! And last but not least, I spent time with the faithful macaronis, Basil and Sybil, who were guarding their nest from rivals and predators amidst their colony of 80,000 birds.
With elephant seals fighting, an albatross chick learning to fly, and leopard seal attacks on unwary penguins, there was always something exciting happening in this sub-Antarctic paradise. And when you add in our camera getting swamped by a wave, our edit equipment malfunctioning, and the whole crew getting seasick, this trip was a real rollercoaster ride!
Here are all the films I've hosted to date, plus those that are currently in production:
Ten Deadliest Snakes: series two (2015)
I count down my list of the top ten deadliest snakes in four very different parts of the world
Nigel Marvenís Cruise Ship Adventures (2015)
I introduce cruise ship passengers and crew to extraordinary creatures in well-known tourist destinations.
Eating wild (2014)
Exploring Malaysiaís flora and fauna with chef Anis Nabilah
Ten Deadliest Snakes: series one (2013)
I visit four reptile-rich countries to count down their ten deadliest snakes.
My Family & Other Turkeys with Nigel Marven (2013)
I adopt a family of wild turkeys, gaining an insight into their history and behaviour
Whale Adventure with Nigel Marven (2012)
I track grey whales on a 5000-mile journey to their summer feeding grounds.
Wild Colombia (2012)
Exploring the wild side of south America in the equatorial country of Colombia
Yunnan and Hainan Adventures (2012)
Exploring Southern China's unique wildlife
Untamed China (2011)
Exploring China's wild landscapes to uncover the fascinating and little-known creatures that live there.
Panda Week (2010)
Spending time with the adorable black and white bears and the other creatures of Chinaís
Invasion of the Giant Pythons: Florida (2009)
Investigating the problem of giant Burmese pythons invading Florida's swamps.
Polar Bear Week (2007)
Following polar bears and a host of other Arctic wildlife over spring, summer and autumn.
Killer Whale Islands (2007)
I spend summer in the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands, watching killer whales, seals, penguins and more.
Micro Safari: Journey to the Bugs (2007)
Iím shrunk to the size of a bug to explore my own backyard.
Penguin Safari (2006)
Up close and personal with the penguins of South Georgia.
Prehistoric Park (2006)
Time-travelling adventures to bring extinct creatures back to the present day.
Ugly Animals (2006)
I discover the beauty of creatures you might regard as ugly.
Face-to-face with these endangered incredible hulks.
Nigel Marven's Venom Hunters (2005)
How deadly venoms are used to make drugs to treat major illnesses.
Nigel Marven's Animal Detectives (2005)
A fascinating look at how animals and plants help solve crimes.
Scream if you Want to Get Off! (2004)
Reality series for ITV1, uniquely mixing science with entertainment.
Bull Sharks (2004)
I discover why this species is the world's most dangerous shark.
The Human Senses (2003)
A major new BBC series - I experience the extremes of sensory perception.
Possibly the world's cutest animal? I travel to South Africa to find out.
I investigate whether these fish deserve their bloodthirsty reputation.
South American expedition to find a 30-foot snake.
Walking with Dinosaurs: Sea Monsters (2003)
Diving in the world's deadliest seas: 75 million years ago.
Walking with Dinosaurs: The Giant Claw & Land of Giants (2003)
I travel back in time to meet the biggest animals ever to walk the planet
A year in Florida following these remarkable reptiles.
My mission to overcome a serious fear of rats.
Nigel's Wild Wild World (2001-2002)
Ferrets, skunks, lemurs... a weekly look at an incredible array of animals.
Big Cats (2001)
Adventures in Africa and Asia with lions, tigers and leopards.
Giant Creepy Crawlies (2001)
A quest to find the planet's biggest spineless creatures.
Shark Week (2000 onwards)
In at the deep end for Discovery's annual shark extravaganza.
Animal vampires including bats, bugs and even birds.
I come face to face with the world's biggest predators.