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Wild Arabia

  • 2013
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

Summary

The crossroads of three continents, Arabia, is a land of dramatic and varied geology and landscape, rich with extraordinary wildlife, wrapped up in ancient cultures and a remarkable history. Much of this vast region has remained unknown to the outside world until now.

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Episode 1: Sand, Wind and Stars

Summary

Documentary revealing the connections between the wildlife, landscape and people of the Arabian peninsula. The first edition features animals including oryxes, jerboas, horned vipers and scorpions, and a journey with the Bedouin - camel-riding nomads who are the only humans to have mastered the art of survival in the desert. Narrated by Alexander Siddig

Review

Welcome to Arabia – “an exotic but forbidden land”, according to the voiceover. Really? Are we still talking about it that way? If you’re going to enjoy this series about the local wildlife and customs – and there’s plenty to enjoy – you’ll need to get used to the kind of ripe turns of phrase that narration-writers love, about a “mighty sea of sand” and a place of “magical secrets”.

But the filming is so gorgeous and majestic, it will probably overwhelm you anyway. There are desert creatures you may never have heard of – a Rüppell’s fox, for instance, pursuing a jerboa (a little rodent that hops like a kangaroo), or a dhub lizard that changes colour in the sun. You’ll learn to distinguish your oryx from your ibex – both beautiful huge-horned antelopes, and when the latter start headbutting, it’s a stunning sight. And at the end there’s a Bedouin camel-racing scene that is surprisingly moving.

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2013-02-22
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Credits

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NarratorAlexander Siddig
Executive producerBrian Leith
Series producerDan Rees
Series producerChadden Hunter

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  • Summary

    Documentary revealing the connections between the wildlife, landscape and people of the Arabian peninsula. The first edition features animals including oryxes, jerboas, horned vipers and scorpions, and a journey with the Bedouin - camel-riding nomads who are the only humans to have mastered the art of survival in the desert. Narrated by Alexander Siddig

    Review

    Welcome to Arabia – “an exotic but forbidden land”, according to the voiceover. Really? Are we still talking about it that way? If you’re going to enjoy this series about the local wildlife and customs – and there’s plenty to enjoy – you’ll need to get used to the kind of ripe turns of phrase that narration-writers love, about a “mighty sea of sand” and a place of “magical secrets”.

    But the filming is so gorgeous and majestic, it will probably overwhelm you anyway. There are desert creatures you may never have heard of – a Rüppell’s fox, for instance, pursuing a jerboa (a little rodent that hops like a kangaroo), or a dhub lizard that changes colour in the sun. You’ll learn to distinguish your oryx from your ibex – both beautiful huge-horned antelopes, and when the latter start headbutting, it’s a stunning sight. And at the end there’s a Bedouin camel-racing scene that is surprisingly moving.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2013-02-22
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorAlexander Siddig
    Executive producerBrian Leith
    Series producerDan Rees
    Series producerChadden Hunter
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