Michael Wood Lecture ‘Travels in India’ – 17th December 7pm


Michael is thrilled to be supporting The Angus McDonald Trust with an illustrated lecture called ‘Travels in India’ on Wednesday 17th December at 7pm at the Royal Geographical Society’s Ondaatje Theatre. Tickets are available at and include access to the exhibition @IndiasDisappearingRailways also at the RGS. Please do come along and support this exciting new charity which is donating to rural healthcare projects in Myanmar, in memory of photojournalist and travel writer Angus.


Chris Collins 1962 – 2014

Of all the people working in the British film industry that started their careers at Maya Vision perhaps the most significant was Chris Collins, Senior Development and Production Executive with the BFI Film Fund. So it was with great sadness we learned that Chris passed away at the beginning of November.
Chris joined Maya Vision in the late 80s as a production assistant quickly rising to producer and helping shape Maya Vision along the way. By ’96 Chris had moved on to become a Development and Production Executive at the BFI and later worked at the UK Film Council, with Film Four and BBC Films.
It’s testimony to Chris’s talents and personality that so many filmmakers have contributed their professional and personal reminiscences to his memory. There are plenty of stories of Chris’s time at Maya Vision too but his friends and former colleagues here would simply like to add that he was missed when he left and is deeply missed now.

A longer tribute to Chris can be found here

Please also see an Obituary in The Guardian


Getting our priorities right

Everyone knows that film crews need coffee but not necessarily what it takes to get a caffeine fix in some locations. Here Mick, our soundman, brews up on top of an ancient mound from the Shang Dynasty, 1600 BC watched carefully by Michael.


Yellow River filming


Filming on a pontoon bridge on the Yellow River. This was actually a rare sunny day with blue skies, sadly not caught on this camera! We were very fortunate as the bridge was undergoing maintenance work so the only noise was from a queue of trucks waiting patiently for it to reopen.


Michael marvels at the size of the planets in China

while the locals get on with their shopping under the night sky, forests, umbrellas and snow trees.

This shopping mall is in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, and the location of the capital during the Han, Sui and Tang, several of China’s greatest dynasties.



Bored with being a TV presenter….

Michael in class

Michael is a hit as the new TEFL teacher in China!

Michael visited this school at the site of the tomb of Du Fu, one of China’s best loved poets. The pupils showed Michael around and shared their enthusiasm for eighth century verse, and their pride in the super-hero poet linked to their own home town.


King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons

AlfredHere’s another chance to see Episode 2 of King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons “The Lady of the Mercians”, presented by Michael Wood. BBC4 next Tuesday at 20.00PM. And if you missed episode 1, there’s still time to catch up on iPlayer!


Hoping for continuing good weather


We’re filming this week in Warwickshire, please let there be sun….


New China Photos

After 5 trips to China, we organising our photo library and wanted to share some of our most spectacular pics.


Michael trying on a Tang stone suit for size…

China4-Mick--P1020159-176In Qianling Mausoleum, Tang Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wu Zetian share a burial tomb. Wu Zetian is the only woman to have ruled China. On her instructions the entrance to their mausoleum is lined with stone animals and human statues of the 61 foreign ambassadors who attended the Emperor’s funeral. Each figure is depicted in a long robe with a wide belt and wearing boots. The name of each individual and the country he represented is carved on the back of the statue. It is not known how or why but each statue has been decapitated at some time in the distant past.