Thursday, August 25, 2005

TELEVISION - Final Chance To Save, Sky One

I'll leave you to make you're own mind up, but, while laudable in its premise, it would appear Sky Television has taken the concept of Douglas Adams' Last Chance To See and twisted it for their own use. They're sending four celebrities (Joanna Lumley, Griff Rhys-Jones, Vic Reeves and Charlotte Uhlenbroek) out to film various endangered animals, and calling the series Final Chance To Save. Doesn't appear as though they'll be giving any nods of gratitude in the direction of Douglas Adams or Mark Carwardine, which is sad. If they had chosen a completely unrelated name for the series, I probably wouldn't have minded at all, but Final Chance To Save as a title is just cheap.

Being in the USA, I WOULD have been interested in seeing this series, but with their poor choice of series title, I'm not in so much of a hurry to track it down from my friends and familiy in the UK.

Anyway, Sky's 4 part series Final Chance To Save begins on Sky One in the UK on September 3rd, with another 6 programmes to follow.
Joanna Lumley and comedian Vic Reeves are presenting a new wildlife show focusing on some of the planet's most endangered species.

Griff Rhys Jones and presenter Charlotte Uhlenbroek will also feature in Final Chance to Save, set for broadcast on Sky One this September.

Vic looks at the tapirs of Costa Rica, Griff Kenya's black rhino, Joanna the orang-utans of Borneo and Charlotte the troubles facing sea turtles.

They work with conservationists to fight for the animals, all in danger of extinction, in the four-part series starting Saturday 3 September on Sky One.
Full details, episode guide and photographs over at Sky Showbiz.

Miranda Richardson (of Blackadder fame) is due to visit the Aye-Aye Lemurs of Madagascar in one of the future episodes.