Penguin Post Office: Natural World

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Penguin Post Office: Natural World

Series 33

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Review

We know how penguin docs work. Adorable birds do comical – and occasionally rather sinister – things, while we marvel at their silent-movie antics. This is one of the classier type, blending flipper action with contributions from visiting human tourists. We’re in Port Lockroy, Antarctica, where gentoo penguins come to breed each November, right next to a post-office-cum-gift-shop that is “a little bit of Britain tucked away in the Antarctic”.

The birds pair for life and do a lovely bowing ritual to reinforce their bond. They’re also inveterate burglars, forever pilfering rocks from other nests to build up their own. There’s a moral here somewhere.

Summary

Port Lockroy on Goudier Island in the British Antarctic Territory is the site of one of the world's most remote post offices, which has a staff of four and is open to visiting tourists during the Antarctic summer. They share the neighbourhood with more than 3,000 gentoo penguins, and this documentary follows the trials and tribulations of the birds as they try to raise their chicks in these unusual surroundings. Juliet Stevenson narrates.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Juliet Stevenson
Director Andrew Graham-Brown
Producer Andrew Graham-Brown
Series Editor Roger Webb
Nature