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Mountain Worlds

Series 1 - Episode 1 Mountain Worlds

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Review

It’s hard to convey how intrusive the commentary on this travelogue-cum-wildlife show is. The visuals are gorgeous, like something you’d see on a loop at a travel expo, a greatest hits of “ancient peaks” and “scorching sands” and “mysterious forests” in a land that is “a riot of colour” where “continents collide”.

These sentimental lines of narration criss-cross the footage like spun sugar. Put up with them and you will earn nice sequences about orchid bees and playful black bears and a lesson on how they make tequila. But then, at the end, a self-congratulatory ten-minute coda tells how the programme was made.

Summary

The first of three programmes about the wildlife, landscape and culture in different areas of the country explores the Sierra Madre mountains, and reveals how this rugged landscape has shaped the nation. This chain of peaks includes several volcanoes and is home to a wide variety of animals, including black bears, monarch butterflies, orchid bees and quetzals. The programme also visits the ruins of an ancient Aztec shrine and the blue agave plant which grows in the mountains is used in making tequila.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Eliud Gabriel Porras
Producer Victoria Bromley
Series Producer Patrick Morris
Documentary