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012009101620100805When Terry Nutkins was 13 he moved to the isolated West Highlands to live with the writer Gavin Maxwell.
40 years after Maxwell's death, Terry tells the story of that time.
Terry Nutkins tells of his childhood, spent with mercurial author Gavin Maxwell.
When Terry Nutkins was 13 he moved from London to the isolated West Highlands to live with the writer Gavin Maxwell, whose most famous book is Ring of Bright Water.
Forty years after Maxwell's death, Terry tells the remarkable story of his life with this mercurial man and his famous otters, Edal and Teko.
Ring of Bright Water is regarded by some as the finest book ever written about a man's relationship with landscape and wildlife.
Published in 1959, it tells the story of Maxwell's life in the now almost mythical setting of Camusfearna.
His poetic observations of otter behaviour and the detailed sketches and photographs in the book helped to change the reputation of these animals, which were widely persecuted at the time.
During his time with Maxwell, Terry Nutkins had a Boy's Own adventure with a pet otter in a uniquely beautiful landscape.
But he also found himself living a peculiar existence, in virtual isolation, with a man who was as charming as he was difficult, and whose depression led to severe mood swings.
As Terry reveals, he had to grow up quickly.
012009101620121001Following the sad death of Terry Nutkins, we revisit two documentaries he made about his unusual childhood spent with the author, Gavin Maxwell, in the remote west highlands.
When Terry Nutkins was 13 he moved from London to the isolated west highlands to live with Maxwell, whose most famous book is 'Ring of Bright Water'. In 2009 - forty years after Maxwell's death - Terry told the remarkable story of his life with this mercurial man and his famous otters, Edal and Teko.
'Ring of Bright Water' is, arguably, the finest book ever written about a man's relationship with landscape and wildlife. Published in 1960, it tells the story of Maxwell's life in the now almost mythical setting of Camusfearna. His poetic observations of otter behaviour and the detailed sketches and photographs in the book helped to change - on a worldwide basis - the reputation of these animals which were widely persecuted at the time.
Terry Nutkins had a boy's own adventure in a uniquely beautiful landscape. But he also found himself living a peculiar existence, in virtual isolation, with a man who was as charming as he was difficult, and whose depression led to severe mood swings. As Terry said, he had to grow up quickly.
Producer: Karen Gregor.
02 LAST2009102320100806When Terry Nutkins was 13 he moved from London to the isolated West Highlands to live and work with writer Gavin Maxwell, whose most famous book is Ring of Bright Water.
Forty years after Maxwell's death, Terry tells in detail, and for the first time, of the years he spent at Sandaig.
The romantic setting of Camusfearna (as Sandaig was called in the book) has become almost mythical since Ring of Bright Water was written - it is now a place of pilgrimage for people who love the otters, the landscape and the wildlife it describes.
But, according to Terry, the purity of this little white cottage in pristine surroundings was sullied after Maxwell made his money from the book - the cottage was extended, pools were constructed for the otters and Maxwell himself became a reluctant celebrity, under constant pressure to live up to the reputation he had established for himself.
Maxwell, a homosexual, entered into an unhappy marriage, the otters began a series of savage attacks and a fire devastated Sandaig House.
Terry speaks to Maxwell's former wife, Lavinia Hankinson, to naturalist and writer Sir John Lister Kaye, who knew Maxwell shortly before his death, and to Maxwell's biographer, Douglas Botting.
Terry Nutkins continues the story of his early life with author Gavin Maxwell.
Terry Nutkins recalls the childhood time he spent living in the West Highlands with the writer Gavin Maxwell, author Ring of Bright Water, and his famous otters.
02 LAST2009102320121002Following the sad death of Terry Nutkins, we revisit two documentaries he made about his unusual childhood spent with the author, Gavin Maxwell, in the remote west highlands.
When Terry Nutkins was 13 he moved from London to the isolated west highlands to live with Maxwell, whose most famous book is 'Ring of Bright Water'. Forty years after Maxwell's death (in 2009) Terry told the remarkable story of his life with this mercurial man and his famous otters, Edal and Teko.
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The romantic setting of Camusfearna has become almost mythical since Ring of Bright Water was published in 1960; it's now a place of pilgrimage for people who love the otters, the landscape and the wildlife described in the book. But, according to Terry, the purity of this little white cottage in pristine surroundings was sullied after Maxwell made his money from the book: the cottage was extended, pools were constructed and Maxwell himself became a reluctant celebrity, under constant pressure to live up to the reputation he had established.
Maxwell, a homosexual, entered into an unhappy marriage; the otters began a series of savage attacks and a fire devastated Sandaig House. In this programme Terry spoke exclusively to Gavin Maxwell's former wife, Lavinia Hankinson; to the naturalist and writer, Sir John Lister Kaye who knew Maxwell shortly before his death, and to Maxwell's biographer, Douglas Botting.
'Ring of Bright Water' is, arguably, the finest book ever written about a man's relationship with landscape and wildlife. Maxwell's poetic observations of otter behaviour and the detailed sketches and photographs in the book helped to change - on a worldwide basis - the reputation of these animals which were widely persecuted at the time.
Producer: Karen Gregor.

Duration

  • 30 Minutes

Genre

  • Genre: Animal, Childhood, Documentaries, Life Stories, Factual, Pets & Animals, Factual, Nature & Environment, Science & Nature, Factual, Gavin Maxwell, Terry Nutkins
  • Genre: Documentaries, European Otter, Life Stories, Factual, Pets & Animals, Factual, Nature & Environment, Science & Nature, Factual, Gavin Maxwell, Terry Nutkins
  • Genre: Animal, Childhood, Documentaries, Life Stories, Factual, Pets & Animals, Factual, Nature & Environment, Science & Nature, Factual, Gavin Maxwell, Terry Nutkins

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