BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
SOMEWHERE in a deep, dark recess of the BBC, there is a committee, I suspect, that meets, perhaps weekly, with a special role to play in our lives.
It is their job, I believe, to come up with ideas for programs that will astonish, baffle and occasionally frighten the living daylights out of us.
And this series — which examines the impact of hu- mans on the planet and the adjustments we make to allow us to live on it — is a proud product of that committee. Anyway, that’s my theory. And as you soak up tonight’s episode, in which the ways we live with the world’s mightiest rivers are explored, think about it.
Rivers keep us alive, providing water, food and natural transport links. With the assistance of rivers, there are few places on earth to which man has been unable to adjust.
We open with Samniang, a Laotian fisherman who crosses the raging Mekong River on a couple of wire ropes he has rigged. He does this to catch a couple of large fish — he can only carry two — to feed his family. And he does this day in, day out.
We also join a Tibetan father on his hazardous, six-day trek down a frozen river which he
Gone fishing: Samniang