Using first-hand accounts from fire fighters and survivors, this compelling series delves into the devastating fury of Australian bushfires and the technology that is helping to predict, prevent and fight these natural disasters.
Every year over 11 million tourists visit the Pacific Ocean, and hundreds perish in its 165 million square kilometres. In this episode, Bear Grylls comes face to face with man-eating sharks in the Pacific, where he must also deal with rip currents, coral reefs and pounding surf. Bear also shows how to survive on a deserted island and live to tell the tale. Includes previously unseen footage and new survival techniques.
In episode 4, the crocs get even bigger and petite Renee impresses John with her ability to catch an angry nesting female. At 150 kilos and three times Renee's size, it's the largest the students have tackled so far.
In the final episode, John, Lyn and Luke arrive in the Northern Territory on the advanced stage of their course. For the first time there are no fences to hide behind. John and the students travel to Arnhem Land by helicopter, and raid crocodile nests in the wild.
Arthur Williams heads into Canada's vast untamed wilderness, beginning by taking a 1930s flying boat upriver to the Great Bear rainforest region and viewing ancient rock art commemorating chiefs of the Kitasoo First Nations tribe. He then hitches a lift with a supply plane to Wekweeti, a Native American community in the far north that was built in the 1960s as a social experiment.
The Asian tsunami of 2004 took thousands upon thousands of lives. It was a natural disaster of epic proportions. Like all tsunamis, it came with little warning. Most of us believe that a tsunami on this scale couldn't hit Europe - are we wrong? In 1607 Britain experienced one of its greatest natural disasters. An enormous flood engulfed Somerset and Monmouthshire, taking a huge number of lives and reducing thousands more to poverty. Traditionally scientists had regarded this forgotten tragedy as a freak storm surge. But in a 2003 Timewatch Professor Simon Haslett and Professor Ted Bryant challenged this view - gathering evidence to suggest that 1607 was in fact a British Tsunami. But the story doesn't end there: inspired by what they had discovered about 1607, Simon and Ted decided to delve deeper into the archives. They believe they have emerged with evidence for at least four more British Tsunami. Simon and Ted's work remains highly controversial. After the Tsunami of 2004 the British government commissioned a report which concluded that risk of tsunami in Britain is small. To weigh up the evidence, historical cartographer Vanessa Collingridge will be joining Simon and Ted on their journey. Vanessa's quest is to find out for herself whether she believes Simon and Ted are right - and to discover if the risk of Tsunami to Europe is bigger than most of us think. Timewatch will join Simon, Ted and Vanessa as they gather evidence for possible tsunami from 1014 to 1929. While she does this, with the help of Natural Hazard's expert Prof Bill McGuire, Vanessa will also explore how and why tsunami are created - and why they can be such an extraordinarily destructive force.