Leigh Hart's Mysterious Planet Premiere

9:30pm Friday, February 12 on TV One

Explorer, archaeologist and crypto zoologist Leigh Hart leaves New Zealand on a journey to solve the world’s greatest mysteries in this new local series, Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet (tonight on TV ONE at 9.30pm). Armed only with his questionable expertise, a healthy dose of scepticism and a credit card, ‘That Guy’, heads on a quest to some of the most intriguing, remote, and physically challenging locations in the world.

For Hart, the unsolved mysteries of the world, and the plethora of documentaries surrounding them, have always held a real fascination. Part of the series was inspired by this interest but its creation can also be attributed to one of his family members.

“While cleaning out my garage I found a book that my grandfather gave me in about 1979 for Christmas. It was called Mysterious Planet. I added the words ‘Leigh Hart’s’ to the cover with a white marker pen and then turned into my ‘own’ TV show. It was really that simple,” he says.

Hart brings a fresh, unorthodox approach to his travels, and searches for the truth, whether that means trekking through South America in search of El Dorado: The Lost City of Gold, or joining expeditions to find Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. Meeting many ‘acclaimed experts’ on matters as diverse as the pyramids, the Bermuda triangle and UFOs, Hart dares to dig deeper and attempts to explain the mysteries of the world, once and for all.

Uncovering the world’s greatest mysteries was no easy feat for Hart and his team, and the series is home to a number of dangerous, life-threatening incidents: “The amount of snake related dramas we had during the series was an issue. There was one snake bite in the jungles of Peru and then a mix up, when I gave a crew member snake anti-venom as opposed to antihistamine for his sinuses while we were filming on Roswell. A low-light was perhaps getting lost in the Egyptian desert during our Egyptian Mysteries special.”

The first episode sees Hart tackle two totally unrelated mysteries – Stone Henge and Big Foot. The bulk of the episode is spent at a Bigfoot conference in the United States where Hart meets Bigfoot enthusiasts, experts, and mounts his own high tech in-depth investigation into the mystery.

It would be fair to say Hart gets off on the wrong foot with the Bigfoot community. “After speaking at the [Bigfoot] conference, enlightening them about our own beast, the Waitakeri Yeti, and making an appeal for a standardisation of the ‘shoe size’ when doing international Bigfoot research, I am close to being public enemy number one internationally in the world of Bigfoot. The hate mail is on-going and this is before the show has even gone to air,” says Hart.

Watch Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE.

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