Wild Hun­gary

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Lyn­dall Crisp

Satur­day, 7.30pm, SBS One

Yes, yet another na­ture pro­gram, but one with a dif­fer­ence. Like most, it’s beau­ti­fully shot and the scenery is ex­quis­ite; the bonus is a snap­shot of Hun­gary’s his­tory, told subtly through its sea­sons, its floods and droughts and its 10,000 dif­fer­ent an­i­mals (in­clud­ing Europe’s largest pop­u­la­tion of ot­ters). That sounds like in­for­ma­tion over­load, but it’s just enough to tickle the in­ter­est and keep the at­ten­tion fo­cused. The beau­ti­ful, haunt­ing mu­sic sets the pace. The danc­ing red deer, the brave Hun­gar­ian grey cat­tle dog herders and the whitetail ea­gles are a de­light in ac­tion. Croa­tia and Ser­bia are the sub­jects of the two pro­grams in com­ing weeks.

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