Wild Australia: The Edge
Sunday, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild For six weeks from tonight, Nat Geo Wild is presenting excellent natural history documentaries under the banner Wild Cinema. Although none of them is especially new, they make terrific family viewing. Also, with the growing popularity of widescreen televisions at home, they look spectacular, as they were initially created for display in those gigantic IMAX cinemas. Wild Australia: The Edge (1996) is narrated by Hugo Weaving and is, especially if you are new to it, utterly breathtaking. No mere travelogue, the documentary gets to grips with the history of settlement and the effect of it on the pristine wilderness our entire country once consisted of. Beautiful visuals of the platypus at play, assorted wildlife and dangerous predators are sure to cause gasps. Next week: Australia: Land Beyond Time (2002), with Alex Scott, followed by Antarctica on December 23.