TVO (TV Ontario) is currently airing Last Chance to See, the marvelous BBC-produced television series in which Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine travel about the world in hopes of catching a glimpse or two of some of the world’s most endangered species. Filmed in 2009, the series is actually a follow-up to the original Last Chance to See BBC radio series (and accompanying book) created in 1989 by Carwardine and writer Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
Adams passed away in 2001, so Stephen Fry joins Carwardine on excursions back to the spots visited with Adams, to see what has changed in twenty years. The episodes are, at times, upsetting, as we see the devastation humankind has inflicted on a variety of species and their natural habitats; but they are also optimistic, introducing a number of conservation efforts and the dedicated teams of (kind) individuals behind them. All of this with Stephen Fry’s witty narration, Carwardine’s extensive knowledge and insight, and some oddball antics and banter, as evidenced in this preview:
I highly recommend tuning in to watch the final episodes airing on TVO (schedule here), if you are able. Otherwise, you might try your luck trekking about the Internet, though I found it impossible to view on the BBC site, which is a shame.
Whatever you do, don’t pee in the water!