Wildfires 2014: Inside the Inferno

Series 1 - Episode 2

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There comes a point during an interminable sequence, in which Kate Humble and an Australian fireman sit in a van testing the heat levels of fire, when you might sob, “Yes, I get it. Fire is hot and it burns. Now GET ON WITH IT.”

Never has a documentary been so laboured as it deals with something so fundamentally simple: fire destroys and if you want to put out a fire, you have to dump lots and lots of water on it.

Of course, there’s a certain atavistic fascination with watching a gigantic fire on the rampage, and the firefighters of New South Wales have a remarkably difficult and dangerous job. But Humble and Simon Reeve are excitable distractions.

About this programme

2/2. The concluding part of the programme highlighting the work of New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Simon Reeve joins an aerial operation as a crew waterbombs a new wildfire spreading dangerously fast in a remote national park, and Kate Humble experiences first-hand what it's like to be inside a firefighting truck as the flames approach. The pair also investigate what makes wildfires so unpredictable, what causes extreme infernos such as fire tornados and explore why wind can be a firefighter's worst enemy.

Cast and crew


Kate Humble
Simon Reeve


Executive Producer
Edwina Silver
Series Producer
Lucy van Beek