Mississippi: Earth's Great Rivers

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Mississippi: Earth's Great Rivers

Series 1

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Review

The Atachafalaya swamp is the largest in America, a huge, eerie meandering thing of sinister beauty, like a crazy gothic nightmare. It’s at the heart of the Deep South, just one stage of the immense Mississippi river.

In the final episode of this beautiful series, narrated by David Oyelowo, cameras lead us from the Mississippi’s unlikely beginnings in the frozen Rockies in Wyoming, 3,500 miles upstream. Here, savage winters can last for up to five months and the waterfalls freeze, making them ideal for ice climbing (it looks terrifying).

As the ice melts we glide down river, meeting the fabulously named hellbender salamanders, and watch a coyote try to fish for trout. He’s not very good at it.

Summary

A journey along the American river, whose fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA, collecting water from 31 states. The documentary follows the Mississippi through varied landscapes from its source to its mouth, starting in the towering Rocky Mountains of Wyoming and Montana, where billions of tons of water, ultimately destined to flow south are trapped as ice and snow.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Oyelowo
Executive Producer James Honeyborne
Executive Producer Roger Webb
Producer Simon Blakeney
Series Producer Mark Flowers
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