Episode 1

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Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 30 minutes

Brolga is a man with an unusual family - he is 'mum' to almost thirty kangaroos. From his sanctuary near Alice Springs, Australia, he cares for his brood, and spends his days rescuing and raising orphan joeys.

Inside the tin shack Brolga calls home are the most recent additions to his mob, Rex and Ruby. Tiny and fragile, they need constant care, and it is up to Brolga to provide them with everything they need - food, love, and even a makeshift pouch.

Out in the sanctuary, female kangaroo Ella has a joey outstaying his welcome in her pouch, and there is a run-in with Roger. Once a helpless orphan, he is now the mob boss, and even Brolga has to watch his step.

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Music Played

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  • Image for Tom Howe

    Tom Howe Northern Lights

    Composer: Mike Reed. Composer: Matthew J. Robertson.

  • Image for Nicholas Thomas Emmanuel Amour

    Nicholas Thomas Emmanuel Amour Riddle Ground

    Composer: Andrew Philip Carroll.

  • Image for Matthew Oden

    Matthew Oden Slightly Cloudy

  • Image for Daniel Pemberton

    Daniel Pemberton Glistening Sun

  • Image for Nicholas Thomas Emmanuel Amour

    Nicholas Thomas Emmanuel Amour Win With a Grin

    Composer: Andrew Philip Carroll.

  • Image for Steve Jablonsky

    Steve Jablonsky Stitch In Time Elca

  • Image for Vincent Lee Amberson

    Vincent Lee Amberson Spring Chicken

  • Image for Jack Wall

    Jack Wall Silly Boy

  • Image for Winifred Phillips

    Winifred Phillips Spooky Sleuth

  • Image for Bergersen

    Bergersen Destructo

    Composer: Phoenix.

  • Image for David Ohana

    David Ohana Sunny Morning

  • Image for Michel Villar

    Michel Villar Morning Dream

    Composer: Ombeline Chardes.

  • Image for Bill Liesegang

    Bill Liesegang Rattlesnake

    Composer: Steve Everitt.

  • Image for Hatt

    Hatt Boobie Trap

    Composer: Door. Composer: Johnstone.

  • Image for Bojanic

    Bojanic Easy Peasy

    Composer: Hooper. Composer: Marr. Composer: Page.

  • Image for Rupert Pope

    Rupert Pope Glock N Roll

  • Image for Nick Phoenix

    Nick Phoenix Painted World

    Composer: Thomas Bergersen.

  • Image for Will Grove-White

    Will Grove-White Oh Happy Day

  • Image for Ben Cocks

    Ben Cocks Lucky Tree

  • Image for Will Grove-White

    Will Grove-White Smile On Your Face


Andrew Graham-Brown
Series Producer
Andrew Graham-Brown
Executive Producer
Francesca Maudslay


My family of kangaroos

Episode 3 - Brolga has a particularly close relationship with this kangaroo called Ella.

"I always knew keeping a hand-reared male roo would be a problem later on"

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