When is Earth’s Tropical Islands on TV?
The first episode of Earth’s Tropical Islands airs on BBC Two on New Year’s Day at 9pm.
The second and third episodes air at the same time on BBC Two on the following two days.
Where is Earth’s Tropical Islands filmed?
The three islands in this series are: Madagascar (episode one), Borneo (episode two) and Hawaii (episode three).
What is Earth’s Tropical Islands about?
A tiny fish patiently inches its way up the glistening rock of a waterfall. A snake leaps, flailing, from a tree. On ancient and far-flung islands, species found nowhere else on Earth have evolved while being isolated from all other life.
This new BBC series, from the makers of Earth’s Great Rivers, brings the wildlife of three remote tropical islands closer than ever before.
Covering Madagascar, Borneo and Hawaii, in three separate episodes, this series looks at how the islands were formed, the remarkable life they support, and the threats they now face.
The programme doesn’t shy away from showing the impacts of humans. In Madagascar, as little as 20 per cent of the island’s original forest remains.
While, in Borneo, species such as the iconic orangutan are threatened by industrial logging.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. We get to see some amazing wildlife spectacles and follow interesting individuals, too.
We meet the world’s oldest known bird, which has raised 37 chicks, and encounter a chameleon that lives a short life of just four months.
As narrator David Harewood says, these islands are “home to remarkable animal castaways and human cultures that have adapted in extraordinary ways.”
“From the jungles of Borneo with their staggering wild diversity, to Hawaii, the most remote island chain, colonised by only the hardiest pioneers.”
“And Madagascar, the oldest island of all, where time has given rise to thousands of unique species.”
Who is narrating Earth’s Tropical Islands?
Earth’s Tropical Islands is narrated by actor David Harewood MBE, known for his roles in Blood Diamond, Homeland, Supergirl, and The Merchant of Venice.