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Series following wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James, who has bought 100 acres of Peruvian rainforest. Charlie establishes camp and makes some unpleasant discoveries.

Wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James has spent $10,000 on 100 acres of Peruvian rainforest without even looking at it first. Situated at the end of a road, he hopes it is a strategic purchase which will stop loggers illegally entering the Manu National Park and cutting down trees. But when he gets there, he quickly realises things are not quite so simple.

Once he has established camp and got his bearings, he discovers he has not bought the pristine virgin rainforest of his dreams but instead 100 acres of secondary forest complete with a squatter, a cocaine field and some dangerous neighbours. A sign recently painted on a rock on his river reads 'Do not pass. Order to shoot!' alongside a crude picture of a gun.

Undaunted, Charlie sets about looking for what animals and insects there are still on his land. But it is only when he goes to visit a local NGO, called CREES, which 30 years ago replanted a large area of forest which is now full of large animals and plants, that he begins to believe that his mission is not entirely hopeless.

With biologist Andy Whitworth, Charlie goes to find a mahogany tree which is due to be cut down in just 48 hours' time. They decide to do a 'bio-blast' on the tree - cataloguing as many animals that live on or around the tree as they can before it is cut down.

Devastated by the loss of one of the giants of the forest, Charlie returns to his land, more determined than ever that he needs to confront the squatter and illegal logger living on his land, and throw him off. But when he finally catches up with him, his resolve is tested in an unexpected way...

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Last on

Wed 8 May 2019 15:15

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:28

    Jon Hopkins

    Cold Out There

  • 00:31

    Massive Attack

    Man Next Door

  • 00:34

    Jon Hopkins

    Abandon Window

  • 00:43

    Massive Attack, Horace Andy

    Angel

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Gavin Searle
Director Aidan Woodward
Series Editor Simon Sykes
Presenter Charlie Hamilton James

Broadcasts

  • Sun 1 Jun 2014 20:00
  • Tue 1 Jul 2014 00:05
  • Tue 1 Jul 2014 00:20
  • Mon 14 Aug 2017 14:15
  • Wed 8 May 2019 15:15

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