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Attenborough's Passion Project

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Episode 1: Attenborough's Passion Project: A Blank on the Map

Summary

The BBC marks veteran natural historian David Attenborough's 90th birthday by revisiting four `passion project' films from the vast back catalogue of documentaries he has created throughout his career. The first programme revisited is A Blank on the Map, which first broadcast in 1971, and detailed David's expedition into the heart of unknown territory in New Guinea in search of a previously uncontacted tribe known as the Biami. Spending several weeks mapping the forest, David and the team encounter tree kangaroos, goura pigeons and an emerald green tree python, before finally coming into contact with a group of tribal people never before seen by Europeans.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

During David Attenborough’s 60 years of natural-history film-making, he’s made a few documentaries about his other enthusiasms: exploration, tribal objects and great scientists.

A Blank on the Map, his film of the 1971 expedition he joined to find a tribe living in the heart of uncharted Papua New Guinea, is one of his favourites.

The simplicity of this trip is remarkable: no hi-tech gear, just compasses, a basic radio and an army of porters carrying food for the long trek on foot through the jungle. The moment they meet the Biami is incredible and Attenborough’s reflections nearly 50 years later are illuminating.

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  • Episode 1

    Attenborough's Passion Project: A Blank on the Map

    Summary

    The BBC marks veteran natural historian David Attenborough's 90th birthday by revisiting four `passion project' films from the vast back catalogue of documentaries he has created throughout his career. The first programme revisited is A Blank on the Map, which first broadcast in 1971, and detailed David's expedition into the heart of unknown territory in New Guinea in search of a previously uncontacted tribe known as the Biami. Spending several weeks mapping the forest, David and the team encounter tree kangaroos, goura pigeons and an emerald green tree python, before finally coming into contact with a group of tribal people never before seen by Europeans.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    During David Attenborough’s 60 years of natural-history film-making, he’s made a few documentaries about his other enthusiasms: exploration, tribal objects and great scientists.

    A Blank on the Map, his film of the 1971 expedition he joined to find a tribe living in the heart of uncharted Papua New Guinea, is one of his favourites.

    The simplicity of this trip is remarkable: no hi-tech gear, just compasses, a basic radio and an army of porters carrying food for the long trek on foot through the jungle. The moment they meet the Biami is incredible and Attenborough’s reflections nearly 50 years later are illuminating.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerMichael Gunton
    ProducerDavid Attenborough

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