Expedition with Steve Backshall will follow Steve, his team of world-class experts and his film crew, as they venture into uncharted territory.
Steve Backshall said: “If you think our planet was explored long ago, think again. There are still dark and forgotten corners of our world with hidden secrets and we plan to reveal them.”
Steve is accompanied by a world class film crew who will document the journey and feature on camera throughout the series. The filming of the expedition is as much a part of the story as the exploration of each out-of-this-world location. To be successful, Steve and his adventurist experts – including divers, kayakers and mountaineers – will have to rely on each other and the power of extraordinary teamwork.
Steve Backshall takes on one of the most notorious mountain climbs in the world, the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland.
Steve knows it’s the team around him who will make all the difference as he sets out to realise his boyhood dream. Steve’s wife, double Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover, puts him through his paces as he strives to reach peak fitness in the months leading up to the challenge. Whilst one of Britain's greatest climbers, Leo Houlding, partners Steve as they train on Gogarth Cliffs in North Wales.
But Steve must be ready mentally as well as physically if he is to achieve his dream of reaching the summit of the Eiger.
After months of gruelling physical and mental training in the UK and Swiss Alps, Steve and his elite climbing team are ready to climb the mountain dubbed ‘The Ogre’. But they quickly discover that the vertical mile of treacherous rock isn’t the only challenge. Faced with brittle ice-covered cliffs, blinding blizzards and deep biting cold sweeping in with the Beast from the East, Steve finds himself pushed to the very edge of his ability. As a monster storm front moves in, heart-breaking decisions must be made in a race against time to save the expedition.
For the last decade, a team of frontline medics has been fighting to save Borneo's critically endangered orangutans. Armed with cameras, International Animal Rescue has documented their struggle: pulling apesfrom devastated jungle, giving emergency medical care, rehabilitating and releasing the healthiest orangutans back into the wild. This is both the story of their life-saving work and of how one of our closest wild relatives has been pushed to the brink of extinction.
Combining genuine rescue footage with contributions from experts throughout, this documentary looks toward the future and asks what hope remains to save the orangutan.
Starting Sunday 13th May on RTÉ One at 6:30pm, ‘A Wild Irish Year’ with Dr Tara Shine is a captivating new four-part series bringing us all across the country from our wild coasts, mountains and woodlands to farms, towns and cities. Increasingly we are retreating indoors and out of touch with the fabric of the land that sustains us. We sit in awe watching films detailing the wonders of the natural world, but as a nation often seem reluctant to get out and explore it for ourselves. Revealing the deep bonds our ancestors once had with the year’s natural cycles, this new series is a clarion call for people to renew connections with the stunning island we call home and the wildlife we share it with.
Irish wildlife cameraman and television presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson is one of the world’s most acclaimed and internationally awarded filmmakers. Throughout his legendary career, Colin has won countless awards from wildlife festivals and events around the world. He's lived first hand with tigers for many years in India, filmed some of the most renowned natural history sequences in his homeland of Ireland and now for the first time will be sharing his hair-raising stories with UK theatre audiences this autumn.
Illustrated with his own stunning film footage and photography, the talk promises unique natural history stories and special wildlife encounters in what promises to be a spell binding evening.
* Show suitable for all ages.
Sep 27th Bray, Mermaid Arts Centre +353 1 272 4030 GET TICKETS HERE
Sep 28th Dublin, Axis Ballymun +353 1 883 2100 GET TICKETS HERE
Sep 29th Liverpool, Irish Centre - 0151 263 1808 GET TICKETS HERE
Sep 30th Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn, Walker Theatre – 01743 281281 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 1st Birmingham, Old Rep Theatre 0121 359 9444 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 2nd Morecambe, Platform Theatre - 01524 582803 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 3rd Darwen, Library Theatre 0844 847 1664 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 5th Manchester, Waterside Arts Centre 0161 912 5616 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 7th Kings Lynn, Arts Centre - 01553 764864 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 8th Twickenham, Exchange 0208 240 2399 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 9th Swindon, Arts Centre - 01793 524 481 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 11th London, Irish Centre, 020 7916 2222 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 12th Haywards Heath, Clair Hall - 01444 455440 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 14th Yeovil, Octagon Theatre - 01935 422884 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 15th Bristol, 1532 Theatre - 0117 259 1532 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 16th Bridgwater, McMillan Theatre - 01278 556677 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 17th Teignmouth, Pavilions - 01626 249049 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 18th Exeter, Corn Exchange - 01392 665 938 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 19th Frome, Cheese and Grain - 01373 455 420 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 21st Guildford, Electric Theatre 01483 501 200 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 22nd Isle of Wight, Medina Theatre 01983 823884 GET TICKETS HERE
Join multi-award winning wildlife cameraman Doug Allan for an evening of behind the scenes stories for all the family, with highlights from the most challenging assignments of his 35 years filming wildlife in the remotest places on Earth.
Oct 6th Fife, Rothes Halls Theatre - 01592 611101 TICKETS ON SALE END OF SUMMER
Oct 7th Langholm, The Buccleuch Centre - 013873 81196 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 8th Dundee, Central Library, The Steps Theatre – 01743 281281 TICKETS ON SALE END OF SUMMER
Oct 9th Banchory, The Barn - 01330 825431 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 11th Orkney, Orkney Theatre - 01856 871000 GET TICKETS AT 'THE REEL' IN KIRKWALL
Oct 12th Ullapool, Macphail Centre - 01854 613336 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 13th Fort William, Nevis Centre - 01397 700707 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 14th Isle of Skye, Aros Centre - 01478 613649 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 15th Oban, Corran Halls - 01631 567333 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 16th Greenock, Beacon Arts Centre - 01475 723723 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 17th Glasgow, Mitchell Library - 0141 353 8000 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 20th Peebles, Eastgate Theatre - 01721 725777 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 21st Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre - 01786 466666 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 22nd Edinburgh, The Lyceum - 0131 248 4848 GET TICKETS HERE
Oct 24th Inverness, Eden Court - 01463 234234 GET TICKETS HERE
Nov 4th Shetland, Mareel Arts Centre - 01595 745 500 GET TICKETS HERE
Born in Fife, Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a Scientist, research diver and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983.
Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, specialising in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries. In his 35 year filming career, he's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Forces of Nature with Brian Cox.
This new presentation traces Doug’s personal journey as he discusses how he’s seen pollution and climate change affect the natural world.
Copies of Doug’s book Freeze Frame will be on sale, as well as his colour prints of polar bears, penguins and seals.
On this week’s episode host Christina Jeurling Birro speaks with geneticist, and host of the BBC Radio show Inside Science, Dr. Adam Rutherford. He has been the science advisor on World War Z, Ex Machina, and Annihilation, one of the most talked about films this Spring.
She is also joined by bestselling author Jonathan Abrams, who wrote “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire”, the definitive oral history of David Simons groundbreaking show The Wire.