Ba­ma­zon

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, A & E And now, in the I-see-it-but-I-don’t-be­lieve-it cat­e­gory, comes the story of eight un­em­ployed con­struc­tion work­ers from Alabama who risk ev­ery­thing to stake their claims on the leg­endary mother lode of gold that lies deep be­neath the jun­gles of the Ama­zon. ‘‘ It’s just us and the big­gest chal­lenge of our lives,’’ says one. Nat­u­rally, it’s not just the sig­nif­i­cant dangers of the jun­gle they have to sur­vive — de­picted in all their poi­sonous, slith­er­ing, hairy-legged glory — but each other. I think that is where the ‘‘ Bam’’ in the ti­tle comes from. Some­where in the guide to re­al­ity TV, there must be a chap­ter on how to find aver­age blokes who can’t act, put them in a scary en­vi­ron­ment, and set them at each other’s throats. ‘‘ Ev­ery­body thinks we’re just hill­billy red­necks from Alabama. We’ve got to prove them wrong.’’

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