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BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and explorer Benedict Allen journey through Papua New Guinea. As Frank gets close to realising his dream, old injuries return to haunt him.

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner has dreamed of seeing birds of paradise since he was a young child. But that dream died in 2004 when he was shot by terrorists. A chance meeting with explorer Benedict Allen changed everything. Thirty years ago, Benedict lived in Papua New Guinea with the Niowra, a remote people. They thought he would live amongst them forever but he abandoned them. Intent on returning, Benedict pledges to take Frank with him. Together, they set out on an incredible journey through some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, to make it up into the cloud forest where the birds live. Benedict is determined to get Frank there despite the wheelchair.

This time, the terrain is getting even tougher, and they must make an epic journey into the highlands, crossing through two tribal territories. But as Frank gets close to realising his dream, his old injuries return to haunt him and the expedition hangs on a knife-edge.

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Participant Frank Gardner
Participant Benedict Allen
Director Simon Davies
Producer Simon Davies
Executive Producer Sarah Swingler
Executive Producer Dick Colthurst
Production Company Tigress Productions


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