Earthworks (Viceland)

Earthworks

Earthworks (Viceland) – Premieres 2nd June – Miniseries

A miniseries that follows a musical act as they head off to a part of the world where they want to document on what is happening to the region. During their time there, the act highlights what is going on and meet up with the locals to talk about how the recent events have effected them, and take some time to create some songs influence on what the’ve seen.

As a documentary it’s pretty light on any real content, as any of the information mentioned is usually the stuff that’s been mentioned numerous times before on any nature programme of worth. The show is more about showing how the trip gets to influence the songs being created, and even then they only show snippets of the tunes recorded.

The programme is a weird meld of two different types of documentaries and neither does enough to really keep any interest.

2.8/10

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Mystery Of The Lost Islands (Animal Planet)

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Mystery Of The Lost Islands (Animal Planet) – Premieres 7th November

Nature documentary where zoologist and predator expert Dave Salmoni heads off to remote islands over the world to study the generally unexplained animal behaviours that are unique to the area.

As he arrives at the island Dave begins to look into the different habitats on offer and what animals it attracts, and how that effects the eco system. When after exploring the island fully comes to the conclusion on how the various aspects of the location create the conditions necessary which the strange events that occur and why they happen.

The show is pretty solid nature documentary, though while it start to dip half way through, the way the discoveries are tied together at the end to explain the uniqueness of the island jeeps it an interesting enough watch.

3.6/10

Intruders (Animal Planet)

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Intruders (Animal Planet) – Premieres 5th November

A show that recounts to stories of regular folks having to deal with unwanted animal visitors to their homes. The programme gets through three separate stories where those involved narrate through the sequence of events while reenactments are played out on screen.

It’s similar in its delivery to I Was Prey, though while that dealt with animal attacks this is solely focused on folks dealing with infestations and unwanted guests, while explaining how they were dealt with and the after effects it caused.

It’s not the best programme to ever be created though if you enjoyed I Was Prey, this is almost more of the same.

2.4/10

Finding Beasts (Travel Channel)

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Finding Beasts (Travel Channel) – Premieres 1st November

A show where wildlife expert Casey Anderson heads off to remote locations looking for illusive animals that are boarding on mythological status.

In it Casey talks to people who seen the animal and heads off to the places that they were spotted in the chance he can capture them on camera. Along with going to the locations with the witnesses he also sets up trail cameras in those places, as well as locations where he believes they would feed in the hope of spotting them.

The show is a bit like an animal centric version of Destination Truth, but nowhere near as watchable.

3.6/10

Animal Black Ops (Animal Planet)

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Animal Black Ops (Animal Planet) – Premieres 4th October  

An animal based crime documentary that shows how Fish and Wildlife Services managed to capture some of the more notorious and illusive animal poachers.

Using a mix of reenactments and interviews with those involved the episode goes through how they initially made contact with the poachers, gain their trust and ultimately caught them in the act.

While the programme isn’t breaking any new ground the first ep was surprisingly interesting with the whole cat and mouse of them trying to get the arrest.

4.9/10

Blood Ivory (Animal Planet)

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Blood Ivory (Animal Planet) – Premieres 12th September

A docu-series that follows VETPAW, a group of former military personal who have got together to help with the conservation of the elephants in Tanzania, where they work with the local anti-poaching group.

After getting through their temporary licence, VETPAW being in their assistance of breaking down the local ivory trade by a five stage plan the goes after the poachers through to the main regional distributors.

The show follows them working undercover where after finding a possible target, arrange a deal for some ivory before arranging and executing the sting to arrest to poacher. For an Animal Planet show t’s not too bad a watch.

3.1/10

When Nature Calls (Nat Geo Wild)

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When Nature Calls (Nat Geo Wild) – Premieres 21st August

A show that follows four teams of animal rescue workers as they go to call outs retrieving wild animals from folks properties. Along with catching the offending critters or apex predators and releasing them in the wild, they also help on trying to prevent the animals from returning.

The show itself is a more animal centric version of programmes like Lone Star Law, and is a pretty repetitive watch.

2.0/10