TV Highlights

What's on Saturday 8th August

Birthplace of the Giants

Nat Geo Wild - 10pm

Who's in it?

Animal lovers certainly won’t get the hump with this epic documentary which takes us amid immense and majestic humpback whales.

In a nutshell

It’s become fashionable, recently, to garland animal documentaries with titles so OTT they’d make a cigar-chomping Hollywood producer blush. We’ve had Voodoo Sharks, Man-Eating Zombie Cats, and much more besides. Most of the time, the reality is a lot less extravagant than the name, but Birthplace of the Giants is an exception to the rule. Birthplace of the Giants is literally about a birthplace of giants. Just not of the fee-fi-fo-fum variety.

No, these are giants of the sea – the gorgeous and massive humpback whales who’ll one day save the planet (if Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was anything to go by). Wildlife expert Doug Coughran is our guide to their habitat, as he takes us to their breeding grounds and shows how such vast animals go about the business of creating more of themselves. Prepare to be awe-struck.

What's the verdict?

Expect stunning Western Australian landscapes, shimmering waters, and the dream-like underwater environment of iconic whales in a documentary that will whisk you away from your living room. And you won’t even have to wear a life jacket.

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07-07-2011