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Nigel Latta (& me) in Antarctica (on the telly)

Last season, when I was in Antarctica, we had a visit from Nigel Latta, a criminal psychologist turned comedic documentary-maker who makes humorous shows about serious subjects. He was sent to Scott Base, Antarctica to live among the scientists and to discover what life on the Ice is really like and whether it holds the key to our futures. The first episode airs on March 4th at 8:30pm on TV One (in NZ only) and promises to be an entertaining ride.

Filming with Nigel and his team was one of the more entertaining media experiences I’ve had – we defused bombs in a tent, counted (& recounted & recounted & recounted & ….) a constantly moving mass of penguin chicks by trying to name them all, discussed the parenting abilities of penguins and their monogamous (or lack thereof) relationships. I watched (with delight) as Nigel got shat on by a South Polar skua and attacked by angry penguins, we restaged Shackelton’s famous dinner photo and generally had a rollocking good time. I look forward to seeing his thoughts of life On Thin Ice*.

If you miss it (& happen to live in NZ), you should be able to watch it OnDemand.

* Not that I will actually be able to watch it, what with not being in NZ and the restrictions of TV OnDemand….but I’d love to know what you think of it.

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