The return of the stunningly shot series that takes you on an epic voyage of discovery of people and places through New Zealand. The enthusiastic team of presenter Neil Oliver and six New Zealand experts in marine biology, history and social history explore the panoramic beauty of the coastline while investigating the formation and evolution of the nation: its history, its people, and its culture. The third series kicks off in Wellington, the world's southern-most capital city. Neil Oliver visits living Moriori artefacts and Michael Stevens hears about the day the Germans infiltrated the islands' waters during World War II. The team explore the natural wonders of the Bay of Plenty, and reveal seaside stories from locations including the white-stone city of Oamaru and the Northland region of Kaipura. In a Coast New Zealand first, adventurer Dave Murray lands his plane on remote Big Bay in South Westland.
Nick Cummins sets off on a road trip along the top of Australia, searching for the people and stories that make up the best of Far North Queensland.
Simon journeys up the vast Irrawaddy River to the old royal capital of Mandalay, home to an exotic market for precious jade. In Burma's mountainous highlands, he experiences Burma's vibrant ethnic heritage at an extraordinary and explosive fire balloon festival, then visits an elephant sanctuary and finds out how a growing tourism industry is helping them survive after working for decades in the logging industry. Burma is a melting pot of different ethnic groups and, having seen first-hand the suffering of the Rohingya people on the first leg of his journey, Simon now travels secretly into one of Burma's many other conflict zones to meet a huge rebel army who've been fighting the Burmese military for decades. Simon goes on combat patrol into the jungle with the rebels and learns why they have been fighting the longest-running civil war in the world.
Four days behind schedule and with increasingly angry camels, Ben and James try and pick up the pace, but disaster strikes and their friendship is pushed to the limit.
Beloved rugby player Nick Cummins travels Australia's open roads gathering stories from the people he meets along the way. More than just a stunning visual journey, this is the story of what it means to be an Australian.
This final episode sees Joanna Lumley travel across the post-Soviet Central Asian states of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, visiting mighty mountains and glittering cities that played host to war, trade, glory and espionage.
Joanna's Persian odyssey begins in Iran's capital, Tehran, then south to Kashan, where she explores a famed paradise garden. She visits Shiraz, where her grandparents came in the 1920s, then ends her journey in Persepolis.
James Cracknel and Ben Fogle trek deep into the Arabian Desert in the footsteps of explorer Wilfred Thesiger. With only four grumpy camels for company, they push themselves and their friendship to the limit.
Shandong Province is home to China's most famous philosopher, Confucius. Jonathan Clements, historian and expert on Asian culture, hosts this whirlwind adventure that spans nine carefully chosen locations throughout Shandong.
Joanna Lumley starts her journey in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, then heads into the magnificent, snow-crested peaks of the High Caucasus to Svaneti. She crosses the border into Azerbaijan and onto Baku on the Caspian Sea.
Neil and the team examine creativity and the art of reinvention along Tasmania's northern coast and offshore islands. Neil collects some of the cleanest air in the world in the name of science. On King Island, he examines the worst maritime disaster in the history of Australia before swinging back onto the mainland for a round of golf on a legendary links course. Emma Johnston joins a scientific team on Albatross Island to track the magnificent bird for which the island is named. Alice Garner examines the changing fortunes of industrial Burnie. And Tim Flannery follows in the footsteps of a legendary scientist at Fossil Bluff.
Joanna Lumley begins a new journey from Venice, the European terminus of the Silk Road. She discovers how the famous route made the city state rich. She travels on to Albania, Turkey and to the Georgian and Armenian borders.
Neil Oliver's final journey on this trip around the New Zealand coast takes him to Taranaki. Starting at Tongaporutu, the team travels to Waitara, New Plymouth, Patea River Mouth, finishing at Waiinui Beach. Marine archaeologist Matt Carter investigates the fate of a ghost from the land wars, an old paddle steamer. Geologist Hamish Campbell strikes oil, while author Riria Hotere gets to see the marriage of art and engineering that is the wind wand at New Plymouth. Neil has the opportunity to cross an award-winning bridge and to experience a coast like no other.
This episode Neil Oliver visits Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. He investigates the origin of the New Zealand accent and goes in search of a toxic arachnid with a tortured love life. Hamish Campbell investigates the science behind the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes. Jacky Geurts meets a family determined to save their vulnerable colony of penguins, and Riria Hotere goes back to the land.
Alexander Armstrong embarks on an epic 13,000km journey halfway around the Arctic Circle. His odyssey begins in Scandinavia, as he flies into Northern Norway, 16km north of the Arctic Circle.
The crossroads of the Bosphorous strait has cultivated civilisations for thousands of years, giving rise to a sprawling metropolis that has nurtured a variety of religions, cultures, languages, cuisine ... and has a rhythm that is all its own. This is Istanbul - the City of the World's Desire, and we'll be checking out its sights ... and sounds on this episode of Music Voyager. Creative pop star Nil Karaibrahimgil takes us to her favourite trendy boutique, treats us to unplugged performances of some her best-known songs and gives us an exclusive invitation to her private residence where we see firsthand how Turkish pop stars live. We've got a backstage pass as rock legend Sebnem Ferah shows off her shredding skills in front of 20,000 screaming fans. And famed clarinettist Husnu Senlendirici invites us to picturesque Maiden's Island for a jam session by the sea. We toast our exploration of Istanbul's past and future with a hearty glass of raki, the famed Turkish liqueur, as we are serenaded by street musicians at a traditional Istanbul cafe.
Our journey this time takes in Bay View, Napier, Cape Kidnappers, and Porangahau. Neil Oliver visits Cape Kidnappers to see the largest restoration of nature in New Zealand. Tuatara, Takahe and Giant Weta are among the creatures that Neil has a chance to see. Matt Carter visits Napier, the site of the only enemy shot fired in New Zealand in World War II, a torpedo launched from a German submarine, while Riria Hotere goes to sea with the local fishermen. Hamish Campbell talks about the Napier earthquake and Neil goes to a polo match played on the beach.
The smallest of the three main islands of New Zealand, Stewart Island is 85 percent National Park and home to 400 human inhabitants and 15,000 kiwis along with other endangered species. The team visit Doughboy Bay, Whenua Hou, Halfmoon Bay, Ulva Island and Price's Inlet. Riria Hotere visits Whenua Hou, the home of the endangered Kakapo, the world's largest parrot. Jacky Geurts finds an underwater wonderland, Matt Carter goes to an old whaling outpost, and Neil is looking for kiwis.
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