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Ocean of Islands

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Documentary looking at the remote South Pacific islands, which are inhabited by some of the most curious and precarious examples of life found on Earth.

The South Pacific islands are the most remote in the world. Their extraordinary isolation has created some of the most curious, surprising and precarious examples of life found anywhere on Earth; from giant crabs that tear open coconuts, to flesh-eating caterpillars that impale their prey on dagger-like claws.

Human culture is different too. The men of Pentecost Island celebrate their annual harvest by leaping from 20-metre high scaffolds, with only forest vines to break their fall. And on the tiny island of Anuta, possibly the most remote community of people on the planet, the locals survive entirely on what they can grow and catch.

The South Pacific's innumerable islands look like pieces of paradise, but the reality of life here is sometimes very different, with waves the size of buildings, brutal tropical storms, and, in the far south, even blizzards. This is the real South Pacific.

59 minutes

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Sat 15 Feb 2020 20:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Benedict Cumberbatch
Producer Huw Cordey
Executive Producer Fiona Pitcher

Broadcasts

  • Sun 10 May 2009 20:30
  • Mon 11 May 2009 19:00
  • Tue 12 May 2009 20:00
  • Tue 19 May 2009 01:10
  • Tue 7 Jul 2009 20:00
  • Sun 23 Aug 2009 23:00
  • Sat 6 Mar 2010 18:00
  • Sat 3 Apr 2010 16:20
  • Tue 15 Jun 2010 14:30
  • Fri 26 Nov 2010 19:00
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  • Sat 6 Apr 2013 19:00
  • Mon 30 Sep 2013 16:15
  • Mon 10 Sep 2018 20:00
  • Sat 15 Feb 2020 20:00