Bongoman

 Paul Olding

 

 

Wonders of Life

 

With Prof Brian Cox

 

 

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Back on the road (again) with Prof Brian Cox, this time about the physics of life. My episode is all about the size of life and is filmed entirely in Australia.

 

First to Adelaide and (after a quick exploration of the McClaren Vale wine region) a hop over to Port Lincoln to go out filming Great White Sharks. From South Australia to Broken Hill in New South Wales, and a short drive north to Fowlers Gap to see the huge Red Kangaroos. A short hop south back into South Australia to Narracorte for the Little Bent Wing bats (plus an excursion to the Coonawarra wine region).

 

Onwards by car into the state of Victoria to the Grampians National Park (and the Great Western wine region) and then onwards to Healesville just east of Melbourne to film the mighty Mountain Ash trees (and to taste some of the wines of the Yarra Valley).

 

Next to Brisbane in Queensland to film Rhino Beetles and some microscopic wasps. Then across to Perth in Western Australia to film the strange bacterial blobs that are the Thrombolites (plus a little tasting of the Swan Valley wines). Finally to Christmas Island (an Australian protectorate) to film giant Robber Crabs.

 

 

 

 

FESTIVALS and AWARDS

 

 

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Winner: Best TV Documentary 2013

 

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Nominated: Best Graphic Design 2013

 

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Winner: Best Popular Science and Technology Programme 2013

 

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SCINEMA 2013

 

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CAID 2013

 

 

 

Diving with Great White Sharks

(Out from Port Lincoln, SA)

 

 

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Brian ready to go

 

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Ominous shapes circle the boat

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Filming on the boat

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Quite a big fish

 

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It’s behind you…

 

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Preparing the camera

 

 

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Out in the Outback

(Fowler’s Gap, NSW)

 

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Kev and George

 

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Emus

 

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Frog in the Bog

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Guests over for tea

 

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Outside Mario’s Palace

in Broken Hill

 

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Getting ready to film aerials

 

 

 

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Getting around in Style

 

 

Bat Cave

(Narracoorte, SA)

 

 

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Dinner al fresco

 

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Getting ready to descend into

the batcave

 

 

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The bats emerge at dusk

 

 

 

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We were in the Coonawarra region. It would have been rude not to taste their wine.

 

 

 

Grampians National Park

(Halls Gap, Vic)

 

 

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Filming Bones

 

 

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Dinner time (and some lovely Shiraz

from the Great Western region)

 

 

 

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Filming

 

 

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Eating

 

 

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Sleeping

 

 

 

Giant Mountain Ash

(Healesville, Vic)

 

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Whopper Trees

 

 

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Filming from the Chopper

 

 

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Uninvited Guests near the House

 

 

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BBQ Night

 

 

 

 

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Passing through the Yarra Valley wine region…

 

 

 

Rhino Beetles (and other creepy crawlies)

(Brisbane, Qld)

 

 

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Big Beetle

 

 

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Close Encounters?

 

 

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Someone dropped Will’s melon (in the name of science)

 

 

 

 

Thrombolites

(Perth, WA)

 

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Filming at Sunrise

 

 

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Having a cheeky McDonald’s breakfast

 

 

And Finally….

 

Giant Robber Crabs

(Christmas Island, Indian Ocean)

 

 

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Tropical Cyclone Tau

 

 

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Sheltering from Rain

 

 

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The Team

(minus Mr Will Ellerby who is taking the photo)

 

 

 

 

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