Ross Kemp: Extreme World

Papua New Guinea

Series 3 - Episode 2 Papua New Guinea

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Review

Ross Kemp turns up at another place unlikely to be a holiday hotspot any time soon. He’s in Papua New Guinea, which has become notorious for cannibalism, witch burnings, rape and murder. The country has experienced economic growth, but corruption is rife, and unemployment means many people have little option but to resort to crime. Overcrowding, illegal alcohol and violent conflicts between hundreds of warring tribes aren’t making life any easier.

Kemp presents us with a truly depressing vision of life in the capital, Port Moresby. Then he ventures into the lawless highlands, where tit-for-tat retaliation, or “payback”, means the violence continues across the generations. He’s held up at gunpoint – admittedly, it’s as much bravado as anything else – and talks to one particularly brutalised victim brave enough to speak out about her attackers.

Summary

Ross Kemp and his team visit Papua New Guinea, one of the most diverse yet chaotic nations on Earth. Beginning his journey in the capital, Port Moresby, where gangs control the streets and armed robberies, car-jackings and rape are commonplace, the actor soon realises that life is dictated by tribal custom. But when he travels into the highlands along one of the world's most dangerous roads, where an estimated 400 people are murdered every year, Ross finds himself held at gunpoint by hijackers.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ross Kemp
Documentary