River Monsters: Lair of Giants
Tuesday, 7.30pm, Discovery At the very beginning of this action adventure, host Jeremy Wade stands above a river looking pensive in a tight, wet shirt. He looks almost exactly like the humanoid alien at the beginning of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, who crumbles himself into the water where his DNA triggers a biogenetic reaction allowing mankind to evolve. (Yes, it’s Darwin be damned.) Wade’s aim is not so lofty — he wants to identify and catch all the river monsters he and his faithful team can get their hands on. They are in Guyana, at the northern tip of South America, and the river in question is the Essequibo. Because the land around this river is unspoiled and uncharted, Wade is hoping to find something huge, angry and predatory. You get the sense he won’t be satisfied with anything less than the Loch Ness monster. But if he can’t find Nessie, will some ugly old catfish do?