Just noticed that a programme I narrated is on sooon…Lindbergh Flies Again, Sunday 26th May 7 – 9pm on The History Channel
Sustainable transport: video presenter
I just presented a sustainable transport video. Made by Dair Ltd this video focussed on persuading the people who work at Heathrow airport to start thinking about alternatives to the car…hope it works.
VOICEOVER and NARRATION resume – CV
Programmes and documentaries I’ve narrated for Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, Animal Planet, Channel 5 etc…and some of the promos, commercials and corporates
EQUINOX Coma, Grant McKee
EQUINOX Thin Air, Dan Chambers
EQUINOX Apocalypse, Oxford Films
EQUINOX Miracle Police, Alex Marengo, Open Media
EQUINOX Secrets of the Psychics, Alex Marengo, Open Media
EQUINOX Fighting the G Force, Mark Rubens, Simon Berthon, 3bm tv
EQUINOX Russian Roulette, Dan Chambers, David Dugan, Windfall Films
Naked Planet 4 part series, Alex West, Wall to Wall including
Kilimanjaro, Daniel Percival, Wall to Wall
Niagra Falls, Tony Mitchell
Polar Bear Safari, Jeremy Evans, Icon
Search for the Sea Serpent, Jeremy Evans, Icon
Frogs The Movie, Mike Linley, Survival Anglia
The Real Stephen Hawking, Elizabeth Dobson, RDF
The Real Bionic Man, Robert Davies, James Taylor
Deluge – Alex West, Wall to Wall
The Mystery of the Lusitania – Alex West, Wall to Wall
The Real Jesus Christ, Patrick McGrady, Simon Berthon, 3bm tv
Grass Roots – Ted Oakes, Thomas Harding, Undercurrents/Small World
Glyndebourne Opera, David Jeffcock, Jo Marks, NVC Arts
Without Walls, poetry in French, LWT for Channel 4
Secrets of the Dead-2 documentary series – including –
Oboe, David Barrie, David Robertson
Phoenicians, Claudia Milne 2020tv
The Lost Vikings, Simon Welfare, Ava Lee Tanner, Peter Swain, Elgin Productions/Granite Productions
Cannibals of the Canyon, Larry Engel, Engel Brothers
Blood Red Roses, Granada
Hindenburg, Dan Clifton, 2020tv
Mission Impossible-Moon Weekend, Jeremy Evans, Icon
Battle for Midway, Jeremy Evans, Icon
Mysteries of Lost Empires, 6 part series, Jeremy Evans, Icon
Titanic Live Documentary
Shapes of the Invisible, 6 part mini series, Dan Chambers
The Rise and Rise of Viagra, Mark Rubens, September Films
Three Minutes to Impact, Charlotte Butler, York Films
Carry on Snogging, Gabrielle Osrin, YTV
To the Ends of the Earth series including
Death Deceit and The Nile, Stephen White, Sandra Leeming, Fulcrum TV
Secrets of the Deep series including
Monitor, Sally Weale
Liberty Bell, John Toba
COMMERCIALS AND CORPORATES
Fund Raising Video for The Jewish Institute for the Blind
Powerscene DVD Magazine for LocoWatch Video
DVLA Radio Ad – 2CR FM, FIRE FM, PIRATE FM
Films for The African Environmental Film Foundation, Simon Trevor, Tanya Trevor, Howard Marshall..including
Wanted Dead or Alive?
The Great Ruaha River
Keepers of the Kingdom
Elephants of Tsavo
Tombs below Aruba
Daphne Sheldrick & the Orphans of Tsavo
River of Sand
The Rains Came
Financial Services Agency, Money Laundering Avoidance CD
The Taxman Cometh, Juniper, Charlotte More Gordon,for Inland Revenue
Central Office of Information, Radio commercial
NatWest, BBH Radio commercial
Axa, Lester Perkins, Giles Mountfield, Golden Gate
Rank Xerox, Mark Petersen, Bob Lowery
Grant Thornton, Mark Petersen
NHS Relaxation CD
NHS Agenda 21
Polymer, Blaze Productions, Steve Jones
Formula One Racing
Patricia Wrobel, Atlantic Productions
Sharon Guest, Atlantic Productions
Mehreen Saigol, 7th Art
Tasting History – six part series for ITV Anglia (presenter and narrator)
Hunters on Ice, Survival Anglia for ITV Network
Columbus:Man or Myth, Icon Films, Jeremy Evans
Hitler’s Supership, 90 min special, Tigress Productions:Stephen Phelps, Kate Parker, Jeremy Bradshaw, Olwyn Silvester, Carolyn Stopp
The Hittites..Fulcrum TV, David Oremland director, Christopher Hird aka Christo Hird Exec
In Search of the Holy Grail…Fulcrum TV, David Oremland director, Christopher Hird aka Christo Hird Exec
Spy Secrets, 3 part series, Carole Peters, Brian Lapping, Tina D’Arcy, Will Willson, Brook Lapping
Sea World 14 part series, Rupert Parker, Nicki Cheetham, Bazal
Killer Tornadoes, James Bates, Tessa Pemberton, Fulcrum TV
Earth Undercover, Jo Sawicki, Julia Webb, Jak Severson
‘Creating a School’ –
Vicky Marriott and Margaret Vrublevskis
D-DAY series of interactive documentaries – Sally Weale, Emma McGuire, Esther Snelson, Mark Goodchild at the BBC, Andrew Leguier at Resolution
Alan Clarks Tory Party, Stanley Baldwin, Clara Glynn, Oxford Films
A Slice of Life, newspaper extracts, Clara Glynn, Wall to Wall
Bookworm, Lewis Carroll, Daisy Goodwin
The Late Show Roly Keating, Clara Glynn, Janice Hadlow
BBC RADIO FOUR
Slightly Foxed, (x3 series), poetry and prose for Radio 4, Gareth Edwards, Ann Jobson
literary quiz show chaired by Gill Pyrah, reading an enormous variety of poems and prose for guests to guess – Woody Allen, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, T S Eliot, Dorothy Parker, Yeats, Robert Benchley, Dickens, Matthew Arnold, Betjeman, Marlowe, Tennyson, Pope, Goldsmith, Robbie Burns, Chaucer…
2 series of Mr Finchley with Richard Griffiths, Gareth Edwards
DISCOVERY CHANNEL, ANIMAL PLANET, DISCOVERY WINGS
Plane Clothed Detectives, Cheese and Crackers, Andy Lawrence
Science at the Edge 3 part series, Flashback
Under the Knife, Chris Lethbridge, Principal Films
Wonders of Weather 24 part series, Stuart Carter, Pioneer
Beluga Whales, Laura Wilson
Eco Challenge 5 hour Special
Alien Abduction 3 hours,
K9-5, Steve Ashby
Quest 7 part series
Polar Bears, John Pendle, Kip Spidell, Stephen Ellis, Ellis Vision
Big Tooth, Joe Schneider
Disasters at Sea 4 part series
The Real Bionic Man
Through the Octopus Eye, Steven Gauge
Storm Force series, Pippa Mackenzie
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
River of Doubt
The Footsteps of Doctor Livingstone
Skeletons in the Sand, Liz Barron
Treasure of the San Diego
Skyscraper at Sea
Intimate with Wales
Cool Head Cold Blood
Truth under Siege – Sarajevo
Legends of History
Alien Abduction Weekend
Spirits of the Rain Forest 3 part series
Search for Atlantis, TVF, Sarah Marris, for USA Discovery
Seven Worlds of Water
Napoleon 2 part series, Flashback
Spirit of St Louis – Lindbergh, Flashback
Line of Fire, 10 part series, Rachel Griffiths, Trevor Green, Audrey Healy, Cromwell
1945 : Asia Remembers the Fallen (TX: Sunday 14 Aug 2005)
a documentary on the Nanking Massacre and the controversial Yasukuni Shrine
for http://www.channelnewsasia.com in Singapore and it went out across Asia with excellent ratings!
Haryaty Abdul Rahman, Walter Fernandez, Rohana Mohd and Catherine Yap
‘Creating a School’ – Teachers TV, Vicky Marriott and Margaret Vrublevskis
Hope TV – about the new Bradley Stoke School
And loads of Radio commercials
Talk to Frank
The Home Office
Central Office of Information
Department of Transport
Talk at London School of Economics: 13th March 2003
I gave a talk called “Make Ayahuasca Not War” then showed the film Jungle Trip on 13th March at 8pm, LSE, Clement House, Aldwych.
Online Chat on Channel 4: Transcript
Jungle Trip – Piers Gibbon
Piers Gibbon made another intrepid trip, this time journeying into Channel4 chat.
Chat Ed : Evening Piers 🙂
Tom and Creeanne : woohoo
MV3 : evening piers!
Piers Gibbon : Hello everyone! Thank you all for watching and logging on, how can I help you?
Chat Ed : Right, first question. *Everyone* wants to know this:
Ceri : How did you manage to swallow that phlegm and not vomit?
Piers Gibbon : First thing is, is that it wasn’t just phlegm, it was actually a millipede which Don Demetrio keeps in his chest as a power object. Don’t ask me how that works! So what I was swallowing was a rolled up millipede, but yes it was a bit slippery.
(Chat Ed pales)
Joe : after 30 more days of drinking ayahuasca with the most powerful shaman, did you conclude that you had lost the plot or found it? and why?
Kathy : I also want to know if, on reflection you lost the plot or found the thread?
Piers Gibbon : I’ve been back in the UK for three months now and frankly I’m still not quite sure. Sorry not to be more definite, but to be honest I’m still dealing with it. What I can say for sure is that it did something. I know that doesn’t fit in with current views on science, millipedes, saliva and all that, but hey, that’s the truth – it did something.
Sy : Did you ever worry about losing your sanity in the Jungle?
Piers Gibbon : I am still worrying about that.
Roland Gardner : Piers , you stayed on longer than you were going to. Did you find what you were after?
Brion Davies : Can you elaborate on your time with Don Dimitrio following the documentary?
Piers Gibbon : I don’t know whether I found what I was looking for. I feel extraordinarily privileged to have spent that extra month learning from a master shaman. He is an extraordinary healer. After I had finished my isolation diet I spent some time watching him with his patients. People crawl for miles to see him and go away healed.
firefly : did you keep in touch with your shaman teacher?
Piers Gibbon : Yes, bizarrely he is one of the few shaman in Peru who has a phone in his village (Yumbatos near Tarapoto) so he is contactable. He finds it extraordinary and exciting that there is this amount of interest in his work in the West. Having described me accurately as a spoilt brat he feels that there are probably quite a few more people in our culture who could do with his help.
Adam520 : A phone? Huh. Anyway……Were you upset about the plant you brought back (can’t remember the name!) not being accepted into the country? What were the actual circumstances about that?
Piers Gibbon : We failed to get the Peruvian side of the paperwork sorted out so MAFF were perfectly within their rights to destroy it (they do seem to be rather good at burning things) but yes it was bitterly disappointing that the plant didn’t get in. However, seeds of that plant will hopefully germinate and the work will continue. I am excited because preliminary results suggest that the species Don Demetrio is using is not Psychotria viridis but another untested one.
Lucas : what exactly happen in those three days in isolation?
Piers Gibbon : I can’t be sure of that. I do remember that I was told by the shaman to face my fears and one night I remember getting scared of the crocodiles in the river and so decided to go and look for them. Luckily they had taken the night off. Also I saw the most extraordinary visions, although maybe they were dreams, and I learnt a lot about what a feeble scaredy cat I am.
Pete Kearton : have you ever tried Psylocibin mushrooms (magic mushrooms, Liberty caps, whatever…)?
Ali : Have you tried LSD and how are the effects of Ayahuasca different?
Piers Gibbon : Yes, I have tried mushrooms regularly. I think they are similarly powerful. However, when I spoke to Don Demetrio about this he was not impressed with the mushrooms.
Adam99 : Why was he not impressed?
Piers Gibbon : And he is definitely a fan of cannabis and CBD Oil UK extracts. He regards the mushrooms as too much to do with entertainment and not enough to do with medicine. I think I disagree.
Duncan Brett : what was the most potent of all the ‘subvstances’ you have tried?
Piers Gibbon : Ayahuasca! Oh lordy! It’s scary out there!
(Chat Ed chuckles)
Piers Gibbon : And yet it really does feel like it is doing you good even when it feels like it is ripping your body and head apart. I think the most important thing was that I have read enough about it to believe in the safety of this particular medicine and knew Don Demetrio well enough to know that he definitely knew how to help me through the experience.
David felton : WOULD WOULD YOU SAY WAS THE MOST BENEFICIAL PART OF YOUR TRIP
Piers Gibbon : The decision I took to go for it 100% and ignore the fact that there was a camera crew recording every idiotic thing I said and did. In retrospect I don’t think I recommend taking a film crew with you on a pilgrimage!
firefly : are you now a fully practising shaman?
Piers Gibbon : I wish! No, I’m simply not experienced enough. I need to do another longer period alone in the jungle, even then it would be a question of seeing whether that was what I was supposed to be doing. That was the whole point of firstly giving me the Ayahuasca for those 3 nights alone and then again for another month alone – it was to see whether the spirits and other weirdnesses out there accepted me.
Ingrid : can you still communicate with the plant kingdom?
Piers Gibbon : Only with special help. But, the millipede lives on! I dunno, maybe I can – it’s a slippery concept, can you?
NikH : Have you read Carlos Casteneda? – If so, how does his reported model of shamanism compare to yours?
Piers Gibbon : I have not read the whole Casteneda caboodle, but yes, even though most people regard his work as largely fictional, I think that by hook or by crook he got it largely right.
Lee gridley : Piers How did you feel, and did you accept, what Francoise had to say about you?
Piers Gibbon : Ouch! That was the most painful thing I had to see on the tele tonight. Well ok, one of many actually.
Jon Atkinson : Frankly I strongly disagreed with her
Piers Gibbon grins at Jon
Piers Gibbon : Yup, I looked a right pompous toad then, and I put my hand up and say ‘Guilty’. Although everything I said happened, I wish I had better control of the English language. Francoise and I are great chums now. She also said a lot of very encouraging things and frankly if she hadn’t have been there I would not have got as far as I did. She is a saint, although at one point I thought she had sold my soul to the Devil.
Szczepaniak : Was there tension between you and David? He seemed very critical of you in the film.
Dave R1 : That Yank seemed a little arrogant, did you feel hostile towards him, I wanted to smack him.
Mike44 : why didnt you punch the yank?
Piers Gibbon : Firstly, the Yank is much stronger than I am, as was made evident by the diagnosis, so punching him would not have been a good idea! But no he’s not like that really. You only got to see his negative comments mostly. But hey perhaps it made more interesting viewing? Seriously though the most interesting bit for me was when we both took the same amount of Ayahuasca and he had a very mild experience whilst I was off with the fairies. I really do believe it’s about letting go and allowing the weirdness in.
Chat Ed : OK y’all – our half hour is up now, so last three questions now, thanks….
Beryl : what does armadillo taste like then?
Piers Gibbon : You’re not going to believe this. Chicken. Sorry!
Chat Ed : lol
Piers Gibbon : Tapir tastes good. Apologies to vegetarians, and the tapir. And the frog – that was bad amphibian karma I was collecting there. I suppose the frog got its revenge – no visions, just pain and purging!
Anjuna : I think you’re fab!
Piers Gibbon : Cheers! That’s really good to hear because watching it, I found it very painful. Can we give Anjuna a job in the commissioning department?
(Piers Gibbon smiles)
(Chat Ed chuckles)
Gross : what was the wurst part of the trip
Adrian : would you do it again????
Piers Gibbon : The worst part was the very first Ayahuasca experience with Alan. Not because of Alan himself at all, I have great respect for him, but because I took a second cup of the brew and that took my head off. I found myself in a bizarre place where I could order pizza over hyper-space. I then became intensely paranoid and having a film crew filming me becoming intensely paranoid took the biscuit.
justin : What did you order?
tommo : Inter-galactic munchies!!!!!!
Toad Licker : millipede pizza?
Piers Gibbon laughs
Piers Gibbon : Excellent! Actually yes I did start talking to people in this bizarre space but they were very surprised to hear from me and I thought it was rude to interrupt them. I don’t think millipede topping is going to catch on.
melanie putzki : I found this program very inspiring, do you think you wiil be doing another?
Piers Gibbon : Oh yes please! I’ve just about recovered now and I personally believe that there is a lot we in the West could learn from other Shamanic traditions. We burnt all of our Shamans 500 years ago. I think we need more of them.
gemfry : i second that notion!
Chat Ed : That’s it! Thanks for coming, Piers, much appreciated. And thanks for all your questions, folks!
NikH : Ha ha! Great motto – ‘Let the weirdness in!’
podger-leaf : best of luck in future persuits!! from the boys in dublin
firefly : i think you were very brave to bear your soul….respect!
joy : have courage..may the millipede b with u
Piers Gibbon laughs
dharmabm : good luck piers
hawksmoon : congratulations, Piers
Ally : cool dude…..!
Overkill : all the best
odubrus : good luck to ya
Duncan : who’s up for a puking contest?
Piers Gibbon : Thank you, it’s been really good to hear some positive feedback. *Lots* of people didn’t like what I was doing out there.
BishBosh : Best of luck on your next mission Piers!
mchimpy : see you in hyperspace
Piers Gibbon : It’s excellent to hear that some people want to know more. Purge purge purge!
Jungle Trip Review in the Evening Standard
Fawning on flora
by Pete Clark, Evening Standard
19 December 2002
A couple of days ago, I was writing in this column about the disturbing effects that vast quantities of cannabis can have on the mental health of a human being. Having watched Unthinkable: Jungle Trip (Sci-Fi channel), I have come to the conclusion that there are even worse things that could catch on in the modern world.
Would you believe that in the forests that surround the Peruvian stretch of the Amazon river there are plants that talk to humans? I know that Prince Charles and one or two of his close friends talk to plants, but surely no one could believe that they actually talk back?
Piers Gibbon did. In fact, he was convinced of it. To his great credit, Piers cut rather a sympathetic figure as he set out on the first part of his odyssey to Kew Gardens. This was, it could not be denied, the easy part of the journey, but Piers was intent in presenting his credentials in the most austere light. He was no cheap seeker of cheap thrills.
He admitted to many experiments with hallucinogenic flora, but insisted that this was all in the cause of solving a conundrum which dominated his waking hours: he knew beyond doubt that plants spoke, it was just that he did not understand their particular dialect. And just to show that he had one foot in the real world, Piers admitted that he also wanted his name to be given to the rare plant that he was determined to bring back to Kew from those Peruvian forests. You’d have thought that a chap called Gibbon might have been a fauna man, but there you go.
The rite stuff: But Piers Gibbon could have achieved the same effect with 10 pints of beer
It was at this point that this edition of Unthinkable became less a physical journey and more a metaphysical voyage into one of those hearts of darkness that we know lurk in the jungle, ready to consume Western man with its strange and potent spells. The camerawork was rudimentary, but this could have been a knowing nod to such low-budget movies as the Blair Witch Project.
As he drew near what he hoped would be, if not nirvana, then a source of some enlightenment, Piers began to get excited. He was talking of shamans. I was reminded of a time long ago when a chap in the next room to me at university would shoot out of his door every now and then to announce that Carlos Castaneda had seen the light and we must all go immediately to Mexico and eat cacti.
Piers’s search for a shaman led him directly to a bloke called Alan who was, needless to say, American. Alan explained to Piers in a somewhat self-important manner that the most important factor in what they were about to experience was to get rid of the ego.
He then added in a casual aside that there might also be some other business that involved getting buttnaked and being spanked with bunches of nettles. Had I been present at this exchange, I would have strongly advised Piers to call the whole thing off on the spot.
For what he was about to undergo was an Olympic trial in puking – shamans are skilled at one thing and one thing only: boiling up disgusting potions, mumbling a few platitudes about the purging of the body and then watching as everyone-throws up at once. Alan also had a neat little chaser to this routine which involved injecting thick, black tobacco juice up his victims’ noses. Then they got naked and were spanked by nettles.
Piers Gibbon, it has to be admitted, was made of stern stuff. Deciding that Alan was essentially a lightweight, he sought out Richard, who helped him find David, who had gone native. The natives to whom David had gone believed that true enlightenment could only be achieved by rubbing frog poison into the holes in the flesh caused by the ends of red-hot sticks. Immediately after submitting to this procedure, Piers found himself down on his knees puking up once again.
No one had the good sense to tell Piers that he could have achieved the same effect at home by drinking 10 pints of beer and a bottle of creme de menthe, but perhaps I was missing the point.
By the time we said goodbye to Piers, I felt he had gone completely off his rocker. Through the good graces of an anthropologist called Francoise, he had met a really out-there shaman called Don Demetrio, who made Piers spend days on end in the jungle on his own, taking vile potions and being sick. Piers claimed that he was beginning to reach some degree of enlightenment. I felt he was probably suffering from lack of sleep and malnutrition. When Don Demetrio regurgitated what looked like a worm from his stomach and got Piers to eat it, I decided that they deserved each other.
One positive result of the trip – and for all I know, Piers is still there – was that he found the plant he wanted to give to Kew Gardens and had it sent there, where it would, he hoped, one day bear his moniker.
Unfortunately the plant was destroyed on arrival due to lack of verification. That said it all.
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