Diving in Deep | Valerie Taylor
Monday 13 March 8:00 PM
Introduced by presenter Leigh Sales
Underwater explorer and trailblazing conservationist, Valerie Taylor’s life has been one big adventure.
The woman in the pink wetsuit burst onto our TV screens in the 1960s, stunning viewers with rare images of the ocean world.
Valerie’s work with sharks is legendary and her advocacy relentless. She’s swum with the most feared sharks in the world and on the rare occasions she’s been bitten, has dived right back in.
With her cinematographer husband, the late Ron Taylor, Valerie famously worked with director Steven Spielberg on the blockbuster film Jaws, capturing thrilling images of great white sharks in the wild.
This two-part special takes a deep dive into Valerie’s remarkable life, revealing precious home movies from Valerie’s childhood and behind the scenes footage from her most influential films.
20 March 8:00 PM
Continuing the story of the remarkable life of Valerie Taylor, the celebrated underwater filmmaker and shark conservationist.
By the 1970s, Valerie and her cinematographer husband, the late Ron Taylor, had an international reputation for filming with dangerous sharks and were hired by Hollywood director Steven Spielberg to film great white sharks for the blockbuster, Jaws.
Behind-the-scenes footage tells the story of how Ron captured dramatic pictures of a great white and how the film’s stuntman came close to dying.
But Jaws’ mega success was bad news for sharks and threatened to undo Valerie’s message that they weren’t the enemy.
Even after her first serious shark bite, which we see on film, Valerie stepped up her campaign to protect the grey nurse and other marine animals.
Now 87, Valerie is still fighting to protect the marine world and her work is inspiring a new generation of ocean lovers.