An excerpt from an interview that Harry Butler did recently where he claims he never 'staged' any of his captures.....
Robyn Williams: Do you miss that process of making the television programs and, if you like, being on television as well?
Harry Butler: Not really, the people I worked with were great; individuals were wonderful but no, I think I much prefer the way I am.
Robyn Williams: But when you watch David Attenborough and when you see people reaching under stones and saying what's here - do you get an occasional twinge?
Harry Butler: I sometimes think, hell I could do that better, yes, but that's just ego or vanity or something. But like last night, I watched that marvellous program Life on Earth and it was spectacular, but again I had to say to myself I would not have allowed that to happen in In the Wild: the human footprints around the untouched bear hole when the bear came out of the ground, out of the snow and ice. It's supposed to be for the first time and there are human footprints around, which kind of put you off. And then there were human footprints when the cubs came out and things like that. So you think, it's a set up shot and we didn't do set up shots, not like that anyway. Not that you could tell.
Robyn Williams: Well in fact, the last time I talked to you was actually on television. I asked you whether any of those creatures were planted and you said no, you don't have to do that because if you read the landscape you can tell that they're there, and what you did was go to a fresh part of the countryside and film it, expecting something to be there because you had the experience.
Harry Butler: Including making one program which there was nothing there except cane toads and I had to literally say no, there's nothing here, and the reason why there's nothing here because the cane toad's are here.