Around the World in 80 treasures

BBC Television, 2004

This was a watershed project for Hanuman, as we crossed several borders to take responsibility for line producing in three countries in the region: Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. A major series for BBC Arts, Presenter Dan Cruickshank travelled five continents in search of the world’s most impressive treasures. These included the great Buddhist temple of Borobodur in Java, the unique culture of the Toraja people in Tana Toraja in Sulawesi, the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and the Bayon in Cambodia, and the ancient capital of Ayuthaya in Thailand.

Nick Ray worked as Line Producer on this shoot for more than one month, travelling to Thailand and Indonesia to set up the sequences. He met the BBC crew in Yogyakarta and Java and spent the next two weeks travelling with them through Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand. The Tana Toraja shoot was particularly complicated as it involved a charter flight from Makassar to Rantepao and several sensitive sequences, including a funeral celebration and a visit to their sacred burial sites.

The Around the World in 80 Treasures shoot was a great success in Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand and has led to a long-term partnership between Hanuman and the BBC. Following this project, Hanuman became an official BBC vendor for Indochina (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), and the Mekong region beyond.

Locations: Borobodur and Tana Toraja (Indonesia), Angkor Wat and Bayon (Cambodia), Ayuthaya (Thailand)

Talent: Presenter Dan Cruickshank, Director Tim Dunn