Last Chance To See

7:30pm Sunday, July 22 on Prime

Documentary

Return of the White Rhino

Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine see common Southern White Rhinos in Kenya and one gets too close for comfort for Stephen. Mark meets Kes Hillman Smith, world expert on rhinos and a contributor to the original radio series. Stephen and Mark are hoping to see the incredibly rare Northern White Rhino in the Democratic Republic of Congo and leave Kenya to cross Uganda. On their way through Uganda they visit the Ngamba Island Chimp sanctuary. Here they get involved in a programme to re-introduce orphaned babies to adult chimpanzees. The chimps, like the rhinos they seek, are mostly victims of the Congolese war. The most endangered rhino in Africa is now the Black Rhino, and Stephen and Mark are involved in a dramatic attempt to ensure the Black rhino does not follow the Northern White into extinction.

Hello! I’m currently over in Australia, and haven’t set the My Sky to record anything tonight, but I think Last Chance to See at 7:30pm on PRIME looks fantastic tonight:

Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine head off to see the nocturnal flightless parrot, the Kakapo, right here in New Zealand. They fly in a helicopter through the dramatic landscape of Fiordland – the last location of the Kakapo on the mainland. The travellers encounter Kiwi in the woodland and learn a little about flightless birds and evolution in New Zealand. They then travel to Wellington and see a Maori Kakapo cloak made of Kakapo and Kiwi feathers, before travelling to an island to see the Weta – the biggest insect in the world. They also meet Peter Jackson the director of Lord of The Rings and a funder of Weta Conservation.

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7:30pm Thursday, April 12 on Prime

Documentary Series

In the final episode, Stephen and Mark go to The Sea of Cortez (Mexico) in search of Blue Whales. The original adventures went in search of Yangtze River Dolphin, but that went extinct recently. Mark nominates Blue Whales as a replacement. They encounter Grey Whales in San Ignacio – the “friendliest whales in the world”. They see rock art on the mountains as they cross to The Sea of Cortez to look for Whales. Mark also shows a DVD of modern whaling and the reality is sobering. They begin to wrap the series by considering the sheer numbers of animals whose future hangs in the balance.

7:30pm Thursday, March 29 on Prime

Documentary Series

Twenty years ago, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the late Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of some of the world’s most endangered animals. Now Mark has teamed up with one of Douglas Adam’s closest friends – actor and comedian, Stephen Fry – to see how the animals have fared during the intervening period. Tonight, Stephen and Mark travel to the Malay Archipeligo on their way to the Indonesian island of Komodo where they hope to see Komodo Dragons. They begin with a trip to Snake Island where they encounter one of the world’s deadliest snakes.

Their onward journey takes them to a turtle project in which they see a turtle hatchery and get involved with the release of young turtles into the sea. Their onward journey sees Stephen and Mark taking a mud bath alongside mudskippers and they see a project to save Proboscis Monkeys – threatened by the destruction of their habitat for the palm oil industry, and they encounter the mysteriously scaly Pangolin. The travellers also dive a coral reef to see sea-horses in the ocean and visit a market where sea-horses and other endangered species are sold as Chinese Medicine. Stephen and Mark also get the opportunity to swim through a mangrove forest – one of the most threatened habitats on earth.

7:30pm Thursday, April 5 on Prime

Documentary Series

Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine head off to see the nocturnal flightless parrot, the Kakapo, right here in New Zealand. They fly in a helicopter through the dramatic landscape of Fiordland – the last location of the Kakapo on the mainland. The travellers encounter Kiwi in the woodland and learn a little about flightless birds and evolution in New Zealand. They then travel to Wellington and see a Maori Kakapo cloak made of Kakapo and Kiwi feathers, before travelling to an island to see the Weta – the biggest insect in the world. They also meet Peter Jackson the director of Lord of The Rings and a funder of Weta Conservation.

7:30pm Thursday, March 22 on Prime

Documentary Series

Twenty years ago, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the late Douglas Adams (author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of some of the world’s most endangered animals. Now Mark has teamed up with one of Douglas Adam’s closest friends – actor and comedian, Stephen Fry – to see how the animals have fared during the intervening period.

Tonight, Stephen and Mark travel to Madagascar in search of the mysterious nocturnal aye-aye, a lemur so ugly that it is said locally to bring death to those who encounter it. The boys visit Nosy Mangabe, an idyllic island where Mark encountered aye-aye on his original visit with Douglas Adams. Not finding the animal they head south and Stephen gets his first encounter with Ring Tailed Lemurs and Sifaka, the strange ‘dancing’ lemur. They visit a village and learn of the superstitions that have meant the aye-aye has traditionally been persecuted, but they also see at first hand a greater threat; the trashing of forest to grow commercial crops needed by the west.