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Wonders of the Monsoon

  • 2014
  • Season 1
  • 5 episodes
  • Education
  • Nature

Summary

How life flourishes under the tumultuous weather system that is the monsoon.

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Episode 2: Deluge

Summary

The effect of the rainy season on wildlife in Asia, with floods forcing animals to flee from Kaziranga National Park in north-east India in search of the safety of the hills. In Cambodia, the Mekong river swells so much that water is forced back up one of its tributaries to fill the vast Tonle Sap lake - one of the most productive freshwater fisheries on Earth. Fresh grass draws nomads and their vast herds of livestock back to their homelands, but they are stalked by hungry wolves and hyenas, which move in at night for the kill. Colin Salmon narrates.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Drip drip drop. The deluge has finally arrived in the rainiest of rainy seasons, bringing yet more stunning images. Rivers bursting their banks and reversing flow. Soft shell turtles digging into the sand with a shimmer. Elephants wallowing in floating gardens. Cambodian villages suddenly turning Venetian. It’s the kind of lush and expensive documentary you see playing on every television set in John Lewis.

That’s probably the best place to watch it. Colin Salmon’s voice is almost as impressive as the monsoon itself, but the script he’s given is grandiloquent without being inspiring. You can’t shake the feeling you’re watching an advert for a South Asian airline.

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NarratorColin Salmon

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Executive producerChris Cole
Executive producerJames Honeyborne
ProducerJonathan Clay
Series producerPaul Bradshaw

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  • Episode 2

    Deluge

    Summary

    The effect of the rainy season on wildlife in Asia, with floods forcing animals to flee from Kaziranga National Park in north-east India in search of the safety of the hills. In Cambodia, the Mekong river swells so much that water is forced back up one of its tributaries to fill the vast Tonle Sap lake - one of the most productive freshwater fisheries on Earth. Fresh grass draws nomads and their vast herds of livestock back to their homelands, but they are stalked by hungry wolves and hyenas, which move in at night for the kill. Colin Salmon narrates.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Drip drip drop. The deluge has finally arrived in the rainiest of rainy seasons, bringing yet more stunning images. Rivers bursting their banks and reversing flow. Soft shell turtles digging into the sand with a shimmer. Elephants wallowing in floating gardens. Cambodian villages suddenly turning Venetian. It’s the kind of lush and expensive documentary you see playing on every television set in John Lewis.

    That’s probably the best place to watch it. Colin Salmon’s voice is almost as impressive as the monsoon itself, but the script he’s given is grandiloquent without being inspiring. You can’t shake the feeling you’re watching an advert for a South Asian airline.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorColin Salmon

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerChris Cole
    Executive producerJames Honeyborne
    ProducerJonathan Clay
    Series producerPaul Bradshaw
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