David Cobham

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David Cobham (11 May 1930 – 25 March 2018) was a British film and TV producer and director, best known for the film Tarka the Otter.

Cobham directed the BBC's first wildlife film Vanishing Hedgerows in 1972. He also directed and produced the children's TV series Bernard's Watch, Brendon Chase, The Secret World of Polly Flint, Out of Sight, Woof! and the wildlife-orientated Seal Morning (1986). His wildlife films include The Goshawk (1968),[1] and To Build a Fire (1969), narrated by Orson Welles. He also directed a BBC series about Japan, In the Shadow of Fujisan (BBC One 1987 and BBC Four 2009).[2] Other projects included One Pair of Eyes (1970) about the sculptor John Skeaping, Survival in Limbo (1976)[3] starring Duncan Carse, and he was also the director/producer for BP's film of Donald Campbell's Land Speed Record attempt at Utah in 1960.

Cobham's first novel, A Sparrowhawk's Lament: How British Breeding Birds of Prey Are Faring, was published in 2014 and his next novel, Bowland Beth: The Life of an English Hen Harrier, was published in 2016.

Cobham died of a stroke on 25 March 2018 at the age of 87.[4][5] He is survived by his wife Liza Goddard, ex-president of the Hawk and Owl Trust, of which he was vice-president.[6]


  1. ^ "The Goshawk (1968)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "BBC Four - In the Shadow of Fujisan, Long Live the Turtle". BBC. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ David Cobham (18 November 2013). "Survival in Limbo - Complete Film". YouTube. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Tribute to Tarka director and wildlife filmmaker David Cobham from Chris Packham". The Irish News.
  5. ^ "Tarka the Otter director dies aged 87". Bbc.com. 26 March 2018.
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