Creepy crawlies ex­cite Steve

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AD­VEN­TURER and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Steve Back­shall can’t get enough of Aus­tralia … but not for the rea­sons most tourists ar­rive on our shores.

In­deed, the things this lim­it­lessly en­thu­si­as­tic 42- year- old loves most about our wide brown land are what other visi­tors go to great lengths to avoid.

“It’s a fab­u­lous, fab­u­lous coun­try,” he said from his home in the UK.

“You have the most ven­omous crea­ture in the world, you’ve got the largest reptile, the an­i­mal with the largest bite- force, the most ven­omous land snake, spi­der and oc­to­pus.”

It is “at­trac­tions” like these that get this man ex­cited, his heart smil­ing and his tempo in­creas­ing as he doc­u­ments the world’s most deadly an­i­mals for the BBC.

His Deadly 60 se­ries, which forms part of The Sun­day Mail and Townsville Bul­letin’s Best of BBC Earth col­lec­tion, sees Back­shall ex­plore some of na­ture’s most fear­some preda­tors, and oth­ers less ter­ri­fy­ing but equally adept at dom­i­nat­ing their sur­rounds.

With a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion cov­er­ing theatre stud­ies, English and bi­ol­ogy and a back­ground in travel writ­ing, ad­ven­ture doc­u­men­taries were a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for Back­shall.

“I came up with an idea for a tele­vi­sion pro­gram, got my­self a video cam­era and went out to Colom­bia and filmed my­self walk­ing through the rain­for­est catch­ing snakes and spi­ders and scor­pi­ons,” he said. STAR



Steve Back­shall.

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