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Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Education

Summary

Acclaimed actor and comedian Martin Clunes embarks on a spectacular exploration of the islands that make up Australia's floating necklace. From pristine wilderness, through the myths of its oldest peoples, to times of colonisation, exploitation and profound change, these are the islands of Australia.

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Episode 1: Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia

Summary

With more than 8,000 islands to choose from, Martin Clunes visits 16 which provide an insight into the diversity, history and challenges of island life in Australia. His first stop is Lord Howe Island, where the pace of life is slow and the population is a steady 350. He also visits Norfolk Island, Australia's most easterly territory, and the remotest island on Martin's journey.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

How is it possible that there are still places on this planet that most of us don’t know anything about? The islands of Restoration, Lord Howe and Norfolk, for instance. The affable Martin Clunes is on an 8,000-mile “odyssey” around Australia visiting these tiny specks of land and generally having a jolly good laugh with the locals while lapping up their unique customs and history.

He throws himself into everything with gusto. He attempts to climb a kentia palm tree with “all the majesty and agility of an old hippo”, while his West Indian-style reading of a nursery rhyme in the old English language of Norfolk Island makes everyone giggle uncontrollably. We won’t mention his bass guitar playing: Torres Strait Islands’ most famous singer – 87-year-old Seaman Dan – would have been horrified if he’d heard him.

His most impressive encounter is with Dave, the only inhabitant of Restoration Island – well, apart from the poisonous spiders, crocodiles, scorpions and a lovely dingo that the dog-loving Clunes gets very soppy over.

How to watch

Next showing

There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

Streaming

Details

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Colour

Credits

Cast

rolename
PresenterMartin Clunes

Crew

rolename
DirectorIan Leese
Executive producerPhilippa Braithwaite
Executive producerBill Jones
Executive producerEd Punchard
Executive producerJulia Redwood
Series producerIan Leese

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  • Episode 1

    Martin Clunes: Islands of Australia

    Summary

    With more than 8,000 islands to choose from, Martin Clunes visits 16 which provide an insight into the diversity, history and challenges of island life in Australia. His first stop is Lord Howe Island, where the pace of life is slow and the population is a steady 350. He also visits Norfolk Island, Australia's most easterly territory, and the remotest island on Martin's journey.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    How is it possible that there are still places on this planet that most of us don’t know anything about? The islands of Restoration, Lord Howe and Norfolk, for instance. The affable Martin Clunes is on an 8,000-mile “odyssey” around Australia visiting these tiny specks of land and generally having a jolly good laugh with the locals while lapping up their unique customs and history.

    He throws himself into everything with gusto. He attempts to climb a kentia palm tree with “all the majesty and agility of an old hippo”, while his West Indian-style reading of a nursery rhyme in the old English language of Norfolk Island makes everyone giggle uncontrollably. We won’t mention his bass guitar playing: Torres Strait Islands’ most famous singer – 87-year-old Seaman Dan – would have been horrified if he’d heard him.

    His most impressive encounter is with Dave, the only inhabitant of Restoration Island – well, apart from the poisonous spiders, crocodiles, scorpions and a lovely dingo that the dog-loving Clunes gets very soppy over.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMartin Clunes

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorIan Leese
    Executive producerPhilippa Braithwaite
    Executive producerBill Jones
    Executive producerEd Punchard
    Executive producerJulia Redwood
    Series producerIan Leese
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