Few nights ago we’ve been so lucky to be invited to a preview screening of the new UKTV series “Expeditions with Steve Backshall”. In this 10 episodes documentary series explorer Steve Backshall is chasing places where no human being as ever set foot. Each episode is set in different parts of the world, as Steve and his amazing crew and team of experts hike the peaks of himalaya, thread ghost rivers in the middle of the South American jungle or dive down unexplored caves out of an Indiana Jones film. The concept is thrilling and exciting and the execution is no less.
The series is entertaining and delivered with the perfect mix of adventure, drama, emotions and occasional laughs. The locations are breathtaking and beautifully shot, with moments in which the viewer cannot help but be overwhelmed and humbled by the magnitude and beauty of nature. Even if there are few cheesy lines here and there, nothing feels forced into the film and all the way throughout we really feel like we’re there – even in moments in which God knows we wish we weren’t (like when Steve finds a massive multi-legged poisonous locusta crawling in his boots.).
Steve not only has accomplished incredible things, but he’s also done it for the right reasons. We had to pleasure to talk to him after the screening and we were not disappointed. Firstly, he truly is a nice guy, a man who has kept that same curiosity and ability to be excited about new things of a young kid discovering the world. He was inspired by the great explorers of the past like Colombo and Darwin, and he has always been driven by the pure joy of being able to discover new worlds himself even nowadays. He is the man for the job, a well trained survivor who’s not afraid to climb down a waterfall not knowing what he will find at the end of it, or grab an alligator in the middle of the dark waters of the night to “get a closer look”; all of this barefoot. He’s also a great team player and recognises that without the help of such amazing filming crew and support of world class professional athletes, he wouldn’t be able to reach his destinations; hell, he’s just happy they are dragging him along!
The concept of exploring uncharted territories is a very refreshing and exciting one, especially in times in which the media keeps bombarding us with the shameful “we are destroying our planet”. Yes, sure; we are. BUT Steve’s intention is to make us see that there are still preserved places, that nature is indeed much bigger than all of us and sometimes, when it’s not fighting back, it’s inviting us to appreciate it. We care about the things we know; we protect the things we love. With this series Steve wants us to fall in love with the planet, and in my case, he totally nailed it.
You get out of the screening with the urge to climb something or discover the most remote part of the african desert where there are animals yet to be discovered; then you remember about the bare feet and the “several near-death experiences” Steve casually dropped into the conversation and you decide that a better way to do it is to tune in Dave’s Channel from Sunday the 21st of July and fall in love with Expedition with Steve Backshall.
Check out the series here! http://www.stevebackshall.com/expeditions