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Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom – BBC2

Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom
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Barry Humphries narrates a new three-part exploration of the curious and enchanting wildlife unique to Australia.

Barry Humphries narrates a new three-part documentary on BBC2, exploring the curious and enchanting wildlife unique to Australia

A huge continent separated from all other land, Australia is home to some extraordinary creatures.

This three-part series reveals some of the amazing adaptations they’ve developed to survive in such an extreme and diverse landscape.

While it does focus on some of the lesser-known Aussie animals, there’s also fun footage of kick-fighting kangaroos.

Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom: Short-beaked Echidna Spiny Anteater (Tachyglossus aculeatus). Adult walking in grass. South Australia Kangaroo Island

(Image credit: Alamy Stock Photo)

Watch out for the palm cockatoo, a drumming bird that breaks off a stick and taps out a tune for his mate, and the curious spiny echidna (above).

But perhaps the most startling footage is of a type of tarantula so recently discovered that it doesn’t even have a name.

Barry Humphries narrates.

TV Times rating: HHHH


Mandy Cooper
Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.