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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 3: The Drought

Summary

The other side of the monsoon, as the winds bring dry air and drought. Budgerigars swarm in the Australian desert, gathering at a precious waterhole, and although birds of prey try to ambush them, they are mesmerised by the array of bright colours on show. On the island of Borneo, a bearded pig hunts for seafood on the beach, while in the Rajasthan desert, nomads haggle over the price of camels, which can provide vital transport during this lean season. The mugger crocodiles of Sri Lanka stalk the animals taking a much-needed drink and a young leopard learning to hunt discovers there is no such thing as an easy meal. Colin Salmon narrates.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Any natural history programme scheduled in the same week as the bells-and-whistles brilliance of David Attenborough's Life Story epic is likely to suffer in comparison. Consider this episode of Wonders of the Monsoon as an elegant starter to the main course that follows. And without being too unkind, this programme fits that order of fare. Flocks of budgerigars, beachcombing bearded pigs and Indian black bucks - all coping with drought in very different ways and with different outcomes.

There is some compelling big cat footage, but just how the BBC film crew secured it might cause a few palpitations among the corporation's health and safety types.

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Executive producerJames Honeyborne
Executive producerChris Cole
ProducerNick Lyon
Series producerPaul Bradshaw

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  • Episode 3

    The Drought

    Summary

    The other side of the monsoon, as the winds bring dry air and drought. Budgerigars swarm in the Australian desert, gathering at a precious waterhole, and although birds of prey try to ambush them, they are mesmerised by the array of bright colours on show. On the island of Borneo, a bearded pig hunts for seafood on the beach, while in the Rajasthan desert, nomads haggle over the price of camels, which can provide vital transport during this lean season. The mugger crocodiles of Sri Lanka stalk the animals taking a much-needed drink and a young leopard learning to hunt discovers there is no such thing as an easy meal. Colin Salmon narrates.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Any natural history programme scheduled in the same week as the bells-and-whistles brilliance of David Attenborough's Life Story epic is likely to suffer in comparison. Consider this episode of Wonders of the Monsoon as an elegant starter to the main course that follows. And without being too unkind, this programme fits that order of fare. Flocks of budgerigars, beachcombing bearded pigs and Indian black bucks - all coping with drought in very different ways and with different outcomes.

    There is some compelling big cat footage, but just how the BBC film crew secured it might cause a few palpitations among the corporation's health and safety types.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorColin Salmon

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerJames Honeyborne
    Executive producerChris Cole
    ProducerNick Lyon
    Series producerPaul Bradshaw
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