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A very worthy successor to the 'Lost Land' programmes!
on 14 August 2012
Having eagerly devoured the 'Lost Land' programmes, I can honestly say that this is just as good, and in some ways perhaps even better.
Exploring nature's unfamiliar and, at times, scary nocturnal world, a team of scientists and film-makers travel the length of Central and South America to showcase some of the weird and wonderful creatures that emerge after dark.
Use of thermal imaging and the like does not always make for the most engaging wildlife programming, and for this reason I wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, the programme-makers seem to have been quite conscious of this, and the use of any such technology is amply balanced by more conventional filming methods, resulting in an edge-of-your-seat journey to rival anything featured in the 'Lost Land' series.
Set against the backdrop of South America's stunning natural landscapes - including the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia - and featuring some quite remarkable footage, series highlights include a death-defying close encounter with a jaguar, some beautiful images of owl monkeys, and a wonderfully intimate window into the secret world of the puma.
My only gripe, though admittedly a microscopic one, is that this time there was no Steve Backshall, and although it wasn't quite the same without him scaling a cliff-face, dangling from a rope or doing battle with rapids, perhaps even Steve would struggle to steal the show when there are jaguars and pumas involved!