Review: Abominable Snowman | Virgin Media
Review: Abominable Snowman

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This exciting documentary followed intrepid explorer Gerry Moffatt on the trail of one of the most notorious mythical creatures of all time. Definitely not a programme that deserved the cold shoulder…

In a nutshell

Whether you call it the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman (a phrase dreamt up by Western explorers in the Himalayas, by the way), this snowy cousin of the similarly legendary Bigfoot has long inspired tales that are every bit as tall as the creature itself. But is there any truth at all to the rumours and alleged sightings? Probably not, but such hard-headed rationalism would have made a rather boring documentary.

Instead, we had adventurer Gerry Moffatt, who was more than up for the challenge of finding out the “truth” about the Abominable Snowman, and he wasn't going to do it sitting down in some library. The explorer trekked across the Himalayas, talking to those who'd apparently set eyes on the Yeti and – in one of the most interesting segments – encountering a monastery which claimed to house an Abominable Snowman's actual scalp. That said, perhaps the most astounding of all was how Gerry and his crew kept their wits about them in such harsh and freezing conditions.

What's the verdict?

Part documentary, part wild and playful speculation, this film was a fine addition to the field known as cryptozoology (that is to say, the study of animals which probably don't exist). As with Nessie and Bigfoot, the Yeti is sure to continue haunting human consciousness for as long as we enjoy being slightly freaked out by mysterious monsters.

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