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Episode 8: Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful

Summary

David Attenborough narrates footage of the Australian island state's wildlife. The programme reveals a surprisingly gentle side to the island's most famous resident, the Tasmanian devil, and also features footage of rare white wallabies, venomous jack jumper ants, and caves illuminated by thousands of glow worms. Tasmania's rivers are home to platypus and giant lobsters, while on the coast, miniature penguins come ashore to breed.

Review

The “weird and wonderful” tag of the title is absolutely right. Of course, we’re immediately shown the eccentric, designed-by-committee platypus and those vicious jaws-on-legs scavengers known as the Tasmanian devils (who make the most alarming noises). Then there are prickly echidnas, albino wallabies and jack jumper ants (poisonous but with a flair for architecture) – all have evolved as the result of Tasmania’s isolation.

Perhaps strangest of all is that our first sight of Tasmania (which, remember, is only 150 miles south of Australia) in this 2019 film is of a land covered in a blanket of wintry snow. As narrator David Attenborough says, “Tasmania is full of surprises.”

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NarratorDavid Attenborough

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  • Episode 8

    Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful

    Summary

    David Attenborough narrates footage of the Australian island state's wildlife. The programme reveals a surprisingly gentle side to the island's most famous resident, the Tasmanian devil, and also features footage of rare white wallabies, venomous jack jumper ants, and caves illuminated by thousands of glow worms. Tasmania's rivers are home to platypus and giant lobsters, while on the coast, miniature penguins come ashore to breed.

    Review

    The “weird and wonderful” tag of the title is absolutely right. Of course, we’re immediately shown the eccentric, designed-by-committee platypus and those vicious jaws-on-legs scavengers known as the Tasmanian devils (who make the most alarming noises). Then there are prickly echidnas, albino wallabies and jack jumper ants (poisonous but with a flair for architecture) – all have evolved as the result of Tasmania’s isolation.

    Perhaps strangest of all is that our first sight of Tasmania (which, remember, is only 150 miles south of Australia) in this 2019 film is of a land covered in a blanket of wintry snow. As narrator David Attenborough says, “Tasmania is full of surprises.”

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorMatt Hamilton
    Executive producerStephen Dunleavy

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