Series 1 - 5. Asia and Australia

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Don’t be disappointed that the final episode (bar a how-we-made-it edition next week) features a lot of pigeons. As the programme points out, pigeons are one of those species that have flourished in the shadow of human development.

Just look at the way they use the battlements of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur as, quite literally, pigeon holes. There’s a good sequence where we watch a long-legged buzzard hunting the pigeons there (though I wish narrator David Tennant wouldn’t say things like “He needs to up his game” about a bird of prey, as if it were an underperforming salesman).

It’s one of several sequences tonight with spectacular backdrops – demoiselle cranes crossing the Himalayas, for instance, and memorably, a vast, swirling flock of budgerigars in the Outback.

About this programme

5/6. A bird's-eye view of Asia and Australia. Demoiselle cranes negotiate a dangerous Himalayan pass on their way to India, while in Rajasthan, vultures watch hunting tigers and pigeons visit a temple dedicated to sacred rats. Down Under, rainbow lorikeets patrol the Gold Coast and budgerigars pass Ayers Rock and gather in one of the biggest flocks ever recorded. Narrated by David Tennant.

Cast and crew


David Tennant


Robert Pilley
Series Producer
John Downer