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Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall

  • 2017
  • Season 1
  • 2 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

Adventurer and naturalist Steve Backshall sets out to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea, just north of Australia.

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Episode 1: Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall

Summary

The naturalist travels down the Baliem River in New Guinea from its source to the sea, hoping to encounter the ancient tribes and dangerous wildlife that live long its banks and in the surrounding jungle. He begins his journey inland at Lake Habbema, and braves some of the world's fiercest white water rapids. Along the way, he stays in a village belonging to the Dani tribe and ventures into some previously unexplored caves.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steve Backshall is the perfect action-man naturalist for this kind of series. He can be kayaking down rapids one minute, spotting a bird of paradise the next, then he’ll bump into remote villagers and converse in the local language.

This time he is in Western New Guinea, hoping to navigate the Baliem river from its source in the island’s central highlands 500km to the sea – but we know from his previous expeditions that when you’re attempting challenges this remote, events can thwart even the best-resourced camera crew.

But who cares about the plan? There’s ample distraction as Backshall and team kayak the un-kayakable and explore underground caverns bigger inside, we’re told, than the Royal Albert Hall.

We also see what must be the best subtitle of the week as one local tells her village elder, “Papa, make sure your penis gourd is tied on properly.”


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PresenterSteve Backshall
ContributorAldo Kane

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DirectorAlexis Girardet
Executive producerJonathan Renouf
ProducerAlexis Girardet
ProducerIngrid Kvale
WriterAlexis Girardet

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  • Episode 1

    Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall

    Summary

    The naturalist travels down the Baliem River in New Guinea from its source to the sea, hoping to encounter the ancient tribes and dangerous wildlife that live long its banks and in the surrounding jungle. He begins his journey inland at Lake Habbema, and braves some of the world's fiercest white water rapids. Along the way, he stays in a village belonging to the Dani tribe and ventures into some previously unexplored caves.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Steve Backshall is the perfect action-man naturalist for this kind of series. He can be kayaking down rapids one minute, spotting a bird of paradise the next, then he’ll bump into remote villagers and converse in the local language.

    This time he is in Western New Guinea, hoping to navigate the Baliem river from its source in the island’s central highlands 500km to the sea – but we know from his previous expeditions that when you’re attempting challenges this remote, events can thwart even the best-resourced camera crew.

    But who cares about the plan? There’s ample distraction as Backshall and team kayak the un-kayakable and explore underground caverns bigger inside, we’re told, than the Royal Albert Hall.

    We also see what must be the best subtitle of the week as one local tells her village elder, “Papa, make sure your penis gourd is tied on properly.”


    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterSteve Backshall
    ContributorAldo Kane

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorAlexis Girardet
    Executive producerJonathan Renouf
    ProducerAlexis Girardet
    ProducerIngrid Kvale
    WriterAlexis Girardet

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