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IT is a universal dream to fly like a bird. OK. It is not my dream, but carry on Doctor Who. No, wait. The next voice you hear will be Charles Wooley’s. Something happened when he crossed the Himalayas and David Tennant got redubbed.
To soar on wings into the heavens blah blah. What are heavens? I feel like muting it, to just look at the birds, which are so lovely you could have them ironically going up your wall. Apart from the pigeons. They let one get eaten by a buzzard. They don’t allow anything like that to happen to the attractive birds. No lorikeets or pretty little budgerigars were harmed making this.
Tonight’s topic is Asia and Australia, stroke of luck really, because here we are. And incredibly it is also taking place in autumn, and even though it may very well be 30C where you are right now, technically it is autumn.
They should have just used subtitles here. Taking nothing away from Wooley. Or indeed Tennant. Or any narrator. Strange job, in a way. Kind of meaningless.
You can’t go round looking at work with that attitude though or where does that
Overdubbed: Charles Wooley leave any of us? Not getting out of bed in the morning is where. But they could just put the name of the bird up — such-and-such crane, barheaded goose, on their way to India before it is too late — and we can figure out the rest.
Snow, for instance, means the birds have to put their foot down. None of us, I think I can say with confidence, needs Tennant or Wooley to tell us the Himalayas are the highest mountain range on earth.
Just wondering where the camera is though. Strapped to some bird? And is that strictly kosher? I don’t really care for shows about animals. You make friends with them and then they die. Earthflight Channel 9, 7.30pm