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Will Lawson directed the “Emperor” episode that followed penguins

Exeter professor in conversation with BBC Dynasties director

A director from David Attenborough’s Dynasties series will speak to Professor Steve Simpson, of the University of Exeter, in a free online event.

Will Lawson directed the “Emperor” episode that followed penguins, and is assistant producer of the forthcoming Frozen Planet II for BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit in Bristol.

Steve himself has experience of working with David Attenborough, as an academic advisor and featured scientist in Blue Planet II.

In the event, Will is sharing images and stories from the making of “Emperor”, a film that struck a chord with viewers across the world for its intimate examination of the birds’ life cycle.

The film also made headlines for the crew’s unusual decision to intervene with its subjects, when they stepped in to save trapped birds.

After the filming ended, Will stayed in the Antarctic to run a marathon.

Will has also worked on BBC programmes such as Africa, The Watches (Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Winterwatch) and Planet Earth II, as well as Yellowstone Live and Earth Live, for National Geographic.

Before his work in television, Will helped establish BiomimicrySA (South Africa), and worked as a game ranger in Southern Africa for seven years, an experience which laid the foundations for his work in Natural History programme making.

Register for the Living With Emperors (Online Event), Thursday 23 July 2020 at: or

Date: 16 July 2020

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