The Sid Perou Video Collection

Photograph of Sid Perou in 1972

Sid Perou filming in 1972

In his years working for television, Sid Perou originated or played a major role in the production of almost 50 television films. In the mid-sixties Sid was working as an assistant sound recordist for the BBC, but in his free time was travelling up to Yorkshire where he had become a passionate caver, and with left-over lengths of 16 mm film from the BBC, he began to experiment with filming underground. When the BBC made a film about an actual cave rescue in Sunset Pot, Sid found himself seconded to do camerawork. This experience led to him leaving the BBC to move to Yorkshire and pursue his filming interests. It took a year to get his first commission - The Lost River of Gaping Gill, but it was well received and led to a highly productive partnership resulting in Sid making over 20 films for the BBC over the next fifteen years, most of which were broadcast on national prime-time television.

For over three decades, Sid established a reputation for himself as an adventure cameraman, editor, and director on subjects including caving, climbing, canoeing, microlighting, hang gliding, and hot air ballooning. He has worked all over the world, including Canada, the USA, Mexico, New Guinea, Sarawak, China, Kenya, Iran, as well as all over Europe. He has won many awards for his work, including the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences Primetime Emmy award. He has documented many of his experiences in his book 30 Years as an Adventure Cameraman.

Sid has uploaded many of his films to Youtube where they are now available for viewing. The date below is when the film was first broadcast, if it was, otherwise when made. Where known, the awards won by a film are noted on the individual pages, although it is worth noting that Mysteries Underground which is not available on Youtube and hence does not have its own page, won a Television Academy Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in 1993.

Film Date Subject Online Notes
Sunday at Sunset Pot 1968 Caving Here BBC - a filmed rescue with a tragic ending
The Lost River of Gaping Gill 1970 Caving Here BBC - Cut down version online only
What a Way to Spend a Sunday 1972 Caving Here BBC - Simpson Pot
The Deepest Hole in the World 1973 Caving Here BBC - Réseau Pierre de St. Martin
Castleguard - Challenge Under the Glacier 1974 Caving Here National Film Board of Canada
Beneath the Pennines - Alum Pot 1977 Caving Here BBC
Beneath the Pennines - Dow Cave 1977 Caving Here BBC
Beneath the Pennines - White Scar Cave 1977 Caving Here BBC
Beneath the Pennines - Lancaster Hole 1977 Caving Here BBC
Beneath the Pennines - Pippikin Pot 1977 Caving Here BBC
Speleogenesis 1978 Caving Here Yorkshire Arts, broadcast on BBC in 1984
Rock Athlete - In Search of New Summits 1980 Climbing Here BBC
Rock Athlete - New Extremes 1980 Climbing Here BBC
Rock Athlete - First Ascent 1980 Climbing Here BBC
Troll Wall 1981 Climbing Here BBC - Originally broadcast in two parts
Man Bilong Hole Bilong Stone 1981 Caving Here BBC - 1975 expedition to New Guinea
Raging River of Annapurna 1981 Canoeing Here Channel 4
Pennine Challenge - If You Can Make it to Malham 1984 Walking Here BBC
Pennine Challenge - Harmony in the Limestone Dales 1984 Walking Here BBC
Pennine Challenge - Ups and Downs to Alston 1984 Walking Here BBC
Pennine Challenge - Bad Jokes in Border Country 1984 Walking Here BBC
The Lost River of Gaping Gill - Breakthrough 1984 Caving Here BBC
Balloon Over Yorkshire - Mansion to Moorland 1984 Ballooning Here BBC
Balloon Over Yorkshire - Search for the Summit Wind 1984 Ballooning Here BBC
Realm of Darkness - The Elusive Depths of Mexico 1984 Caving Here Channel 4
Realm of Darkness - Hollow Mountain of Mulu 1984 Caving Here Channel 4
The Fingertip Phenomenon 1984 Climbing Here Channel 4 - Ron Fawcett climbing in the Verdon Gorge
Realm of Darkness - Otter Hole 1984 Caving Here Channel 4
Realm of Darkness - Hidden Secrets of Cigalère 1985 Caving Here Channel 4
Realm of Darkness - Caves of Glass 1986 Caving Here Channel 4 - Austrian ice caves including Eisriesenwelt
Realm of Darkness - Drowned River of Dracos 1986 Caving Here Channel 4 - Cave diving in the Peloponnese
Rally in the Sky - Stage 1 1987 Microlighting Here BBC - Microlighting from coast to coast
Rally in the Sky - Stage 2 1987 Microlighting Here BBC - Microlighting from coast to coast
Search Dogs of the Summit 1987 Miscellaneous Here BBC
Exploring the Great Indoors 1988 Caving Here HTV - Explorations under Llangattock Mountain
Adventure: The Climbers 1989 Climbing Here BBC - Sid filmed the section "Climbing the Kame"
Cave Diving Story: The Darkness Beckons 1989 Caving Here BBC - A re-scripted version of the original film
Cave Diving Story: The Devil is a Gentleman 1989 Caving Here BBC - A re-scripted version of the original film
Cave Diving Story: Too High a Price 1989 Caving Here BBC - A re-scripted version of the original film
Cave Diving Story: Where Angels Fear 1989 Caving Here BBC - A re-scripted version of the original film
Deep into the Labrynth 1992 Caving Here National Geographic - Caving in Xingwen, China
Hard Decisions at Sleets Gill 1992 Caving Here Tyne Tees - A re-edited version of the original film
Mysteries Underground 1992 Caving No National Geographic - Mainly Lechuguilla Cave
Flight for Life 1994 Microlighting Here None - Charity film sponsored by King Hussein of Jordan
Flight of the Dacron Eagles 1994 Hang gliding Here BBC - Hang gliding in the Kenyan Rift Valley
Gaping Gill - 100 Years of Exploration 1995 Caving Here None
John Dunne - Big Issue 1998 Climbing Here None - Filmed about 1997-1998
Remembering Pete Livesey - Part 1 1998 Miscellaneous Here None - Memorial tributes
Remembering Pete Livesey - Part 2 1998 Miscellaneous Here None - Memorial tributes
Remembering Pete Livesey - Part 3 1998 Miscellaneous Here None - Memorial tributes
The Mysterious Life of Caves 2002 Caving No Nova - Extremophile life in caves
Jerry 2004 Caving Here None - Jerry Woolridge in Gaping Gill with a wheelchair
You Bet it's a Daft Idea 2005 Caving Here None - Comedy
A Tribute to Mike Wooding 2006 Caving Here None
Off White and the Seven Dwarfs 2007 Caving Here None - Comedy
Stump Cross Caverns 2010 Caving Here None - a film comissioned by the show cave
Limestone the Living Rock: Limestone Landscapes 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Limestone the Living Rock: Our Limestone Caves 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Limestone the Living Rock: Limestone in our Lives 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Limestone the Living Rock: Lead in our Veins 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Limestone the Living Rock: A Scar on the Landscape 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Limestone the Living Rock: The Coldstones Cut 2011 Miscellaneous Here None - Teaching aid sponsored by Hanson Aggregates
Eli Simpson and the BSA 2012 Caving Here None
Eli Simpson - The Birth of a Yorkshire River 2012 Caving Here None - Early attempts at caving film making
The Longest Dive 2014 Caving Here None - The King Pot to Keld Head connection
In Memory of Mike Boon 2015 Caving Here None