Sam sets sail across the Pacific
The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, History Channel, Monday at 7.30pm
CAPTAIN James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery are as controversial now, after 250 years, as ever.
In light of recent public debate, Sam Neill re-examines Cook’s legacy, delivering contemporary perspectives from the Pacific cultures left in his wake.
Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768. These vast waters, one third of the earth’s surface, were uncharted but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded and lived here for thousands of years.
In conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the HMS Endeavour’s departure from England, Neill takes a deeply personal voyage to map his own understanding of Cook, Europe’s greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself.