My Family and the Galapagos

My Family and the Galapagos

Series 1 - Episode 1



Marine biologist Monty Halls and his family decamp to the Galapagos Islands for three months to explore natural wonders and the threats to them.

At one point there’s a stark reminder of how vulnerable the ecosystem is, despite this being a World Heritage Site: local police capture an illegal Chinese fishing boat with 6,000 endangered sharks in its hold – the kind of industrial-scale pillage from which there is no escape.

Elsewhere, Monty’s wife Tamsyn witnesses the effect of plastic waste on the islands’ beaches and their daughters Isla (five) and Molly (three) have a close encounter with a giant tortoise.


In 1978, the Galapagos Islands were designated a Unesco World Heritage site, signifying their importance to the world. Forty years on, biologist, broadcaster and conservationist Monty Halls returns to his `favourite place on Earth' to investigate the wonders and challenges that both define and threaten this jewel of nature. Monty is accompanied by a unique research team - his wife Tam and daughters Isla and Molly, who for three months will experience this way of life. Narrated by Zoe Wanamaker.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Monty Halls
Narrator Zoe Wanamaker
Executive Producer Monty Halls
Series Director Ben Roy
Series Producer Ben Roy
Documentary Nature