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Les Hiddins ...  Himself - Host 7 episodes, 1990
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Major Les Hiddins of the Australian Army was born in Queensland and was always interested in Aboriginal customs and practices and how those practices helped a people survive in a hostile environment for thousands of years. When he joined the Army he developed this interest into a skill and put it to good use. Learning how to survive in the Australian bush and then to teach others the same skills. He wrote various survival manuals for the Australian Armed forces and added survival notes to the back of maps used by pilots flying over the Australian bush. In this series of programmes Les shares that knowledge with us, teaching us some of his survival skills and his great respect for the Aboriginal people that taught him. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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1987 (Australia) See more »

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Northern Territory, Australia See more »

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Excellent series about Australia's outback
14 March 2007 | by peterveeSee all my reviews

This is a great series. It started when ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp) discovered that there was a fellow called Les Hiddins going around the north collecting bush tucker information for the Department of Defense. They sent a production crew with helicopter to follow him around, which became the basis of this series.

Les (who was ill a few years ago but has since recovered), became a natural in front of the camera and recounts his adventures, nature and bush tucker found in Australia's outback. He is one of the most respected 'whites' by the aboriginal Australians that inhabit the places he visits.

There were two series. The first one, eight episodes from 1987 and a second one with another eight episodes following soon after. An additional series called "Stories of Survival" was completed in 1995 where Les talks about eight of the best known explorers of early Australia.

I have taped all episodes of the series when they were shown on the Discovery Channel (Europe) as well as the "Stories of Survival." The ABC shop sells books, interactive CD-ROM based software and DVDs of these series so you can find the DVD for home viewing.

Les lives in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

All in all a great series, and a great inventive to explore nature wherever you are.


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