ONE of the greatest natural history cameramen, and a favourite of Sir David Attenborough, is due to speak to audiences in Helensburgh at the end of the month.

Doug Allan, who has been involved in the brilliant BBC series Blue Planet, is the latest name lined up by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) in their Inspiring People talks programme.

Dunfermline-born Doug will visit the Burgh on Thursday, November 28 to share stories from his sparkling career spent documenting the mightiest animals on the planet: whales.

From Antarctica to the Arctic and from coral reefs to California, Doug – who is an Honorary Fellow of the RSGS and recipient of their prestigious Mungo Park Medal – will guide listeners through the underwater film-making process, discussing some of the nation’s best loved TV moments.

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And, along the way, he’ll describe the central role of scientists and boat handlers in capturing these sequences, as well as a healthy dose of luck.

Commenting on the upcoming talk, Doug said: “The RSGS Inspiring People talks programme is outreach at its best – it’s a privilege to be a contributor this coming season.

"For me, it’s all about making the audience feel that not only are they sharing my enthusiasm, but that they too are inspired to follow their own passions.”

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In a recent letter to the RSGS, Sir David Attenborough said: “Doug is not like other men. He seems impervious to cold. He can hold his breath under water longer than anyone I know.

"He delights in company – particularly if he can find someone who has not heard his jokes – yet he can tolerate, even welcome, long periods of total solitude.

“And he has that mixture of physical bravery, technical skill and zoological expertise that you need if you are to be one of the greatest of natural history cameramen. Which he is.”

Tickets for the talk can be reserved via; £10 for standard entry, and free for RSGS members, students and U18s. Tickets will also be available on the door.

The event at the Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street will begin at 7.30pm.

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