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South Pacific - Series 1 - Ocean of Islands


The South Pacific islands are the most remote in the world. Their extraordinary isolation has created some of the most curious, surprising and precarious examples of life found anywhere on Earth; from giant crabs that tear open coconuts, to flesh-eating caterpillars that impale their prey on dagger-like claws. Human culture is different too. The men of Pentecost Island celebrate their annual harvest by leaping from 20 metre high scaffolds, with only forest vines to break their fall. And on the tiny island of Anuta, possibly the most remote community of people on the planet, the locals survive entirely on what they can grow and catch. The South Pacific's innumerable islands look like pieces of paradise, but the reality of life here is sometimes very different, with waves the size of buildings, brutal tropical storms, and, in the far south, even blizzards. This is the real South Pacific.

Broadcasts

  • 2009-05-10 20:30:00 - 2009-05-10 21:30:00 on BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue, BBC Two Wales Analogue, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Wales, BBC Two England,
  • 2009-05-11 19:00:00 - 2009-05-11 20:00:00 on BBC Two Wales, BBC Two Northern Ireland, BBC Two Scotland, BBC Two Wales Analogue, BBC Two Northern Ireland Analogue, BBC Two England,
  • 2009-05-19 01:10:00 - 2009-05-19 02:10:00 on BBC One Northern Ireland, BBC One East, BBC One North West, BBC One North East, BBC One Yorkshire, BBC One Oxford, BBC One South East, BBC One Cambridge, BBC One Channel Islands, BBC One East Yorkshire, BBC One East Midlands, BBC One West Midlands, BBC One London, BBC One South, BBC One South West, BBC One West, BBC One Wales,

Credits

  • Presenter Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Producer Huw Cordey
  • Executive Producer Fiona Pitcher
  • Presenter Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Producer Huw Cordey
  • Executive Producer Fiona Pitcher