Wallace in the Spice Islands
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero

Writer: Bill Bailey

59 minutes

BBC Natural History Unit
Glassbox Productions
BBC Worldwide
Science Channel

Producers Tuppence Stone and Sam Hodgson worked closely with comedian Bill Bailey on scripting his adventures to Indonesia’s remote Spice Islands, in the footsteps of his hero – the Victorian naturalist Alfred Wallace. Wallace was a bug collector who survived pirate attacks, boating disasters and malarial fevers to change the way we see life on earth. Bill encounters boggle-eyed tarsiers, monkeys with mohicans and spectacular birds of paradise on his mission to understand how Wallace cracked evolution. Bill brought his unique passion and comedy timing to the series which has opened up a whole new way of looking at wildlife and exploration.

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