Nature documentary. Cameraman Charlie Hamilton James takes his seven-year-old son on the hunt for otters on the Isle of Skye.
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Otters have an undeniable appeal.
But for cameraman Charlie Hamilton James,
they are an obsession.
To Charlie's delight, his son, Fred, is developing the same obsession.
It's an otter.
Charlie's decided it's finally time to introduce Fred
to his most treasured otter-watching spot,
on the wild and windswept Isle of Skye,
far away from the mayhem of modern life.
We're gonna go and spend the week in that little cottage over there
which has got no road going to it.
And it's got no electricity, has it, Fred?
So we're not gonna have any phones or computers or anything to distract us.
And we're gonna see what life's like living like that for a week.
Come on, let's go and get there.
This cottage is where Charlie cut his teeth as a wildlife cameraman.
It's truly remote - just getting there is quite an adventure.
How are you doing, Fred?
-Look at me!
-Come on, then, pull it out!
-Winter is the best season to see otters here.
But that does mean that the weather is...
Fred must be wondering what he's let himself in for!
Daddy, it's freezing cold!
It's too cold!
Come on, Fred.
-What are you doing, man? You dropped the camera!
And the weather's not really improving!
Well, I haven't even finished unpacking the car yet.
And there's a massive hailstorm.
Not quite the week of winter sun Fred had imagined.
But as night falls,
spirits are raised with some old-fashioned entertainment.
A JIG PLAYS AND FRED LAUGHS
Now you dance.
Oh, Fred. You can have some crazy times
without modern technology, can't you!
As the days pass and the weather improves,
they start to see some wildlife.
Those red-breasted mergansers again, over there.
-Nice, aren't they?
Can you see the male and the female?
Yeah, they really are nice.
It's a chance for Charlie to pass on some of his hard-earned wisdom.
Do the zoom.
This is the zoom control.
What sort of diver is it?
-I think it's a Great Northern.
-I think it's a White-throated.
-You might be right.
Oh, he's right in front of the boat, look.
Can you find him?
-Yeah, I've got him.
-Oh, he's gone.
-I did press record, so I did... I did get him.
Fred's getting a taste for camerawork.
And undeterred by the lack of otters,
he finds a different subject to film that night.
Fred, what are we gonna do?
We're going to, um, put some cheese...
um, and some chicken pie by the mouse's hole,
and then we're going to put a camera there.
And then we're going to leave it and come back later
and see if the camera's filmed the mouse.
-He's out again, I think!
Go on, then. Open the door.
Father and son are beginning to follow different obsessions.
Fred's in the cottage making plans for his mice,
leaving Charlie to roam alone in search of his beloved otters.
Otters need lots of energy to keep warm in this cold weather.
And, with food scarce in winter,
they spend more time hunting - making them easier to see.
But even Charlie is surprised quite how close they're getting.
That was fantastic!
Blimey, he's coming round to look at me!
God, he's amazing.
He's coming round to see what I am.
This otter's obviously not seen many people in its life.
It's amazing. Look, there he is.
Look at that! He knows I'm here, he's just seen me,
he's heard me, and now he's coming for a closer look!
Look at that!
He's 20 feet away!
He's actually... He's not frightened of me.
He's coming to see what I am!
God. You cocky bloke! I've never met an otter like that!
That's not your average otter,
but he's saying, "Look, I'm a big boy, this is my turf, pal."
This magical moment is just what Charlie was hoping
to share with Fred.
But Fred is too busy planning his own pet project.
So, after talking to Fred and finding out what he needs,
-it turns out we need a...
-Plank of wood, a Ferrari...
-A piece of cheese...
-And a mouse!
This is film-making at its most...
So, there's the Ferarri.
-Full of cheese.
-Ready to make his maiden mouse voyage!
No luck first time.
Wildlife film-makers must learn perseverance.
Wait for it!
Here we go!
Fred's captured a wildlife film-making first.
But it's not what he and his dad came here for.
OK, what's going on, Fred?
-There's an otter!
-He's coming ashore!
-Oh, look, look, you can see him, just down there.
-Where is he? There he is.
There he is!
There he is!
He's right there.
Better than a PlayStation?
Fred's smile says it all.
Whether it's otters, or just mice,
watching the wild is a reminder
that life's greatest rewards often come from its simplest pleasures.
A penguin! We've got more chance of filming a penguin than a kingfisher!
-That's cos we've run out of coal, isn't it?