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The propagation of species and people over the fast southern Pacific combined with evolution to create its diversity. It was largely operated by natural forces, such as currents and storms,... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Brownlow Mark Brownlow ... Himself
Wade Fairley Wade Fairley ... Himself
Mike Rowe ... Himself / Narrator


The propagation of species and people over the fast southern Pacific combined with evolution to create its diversity. It was largely operated by natural forces, such as currents and storms, but in the few milennia since men moved in by boats from present Indonesia also deliberately and/or accidentally trough human travels. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Diverse evolution
4 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'South Pacific' is a hugely informative and exceptionally well-made series. Inevitable, though some may argue unfair, comparisons may be (have been in fact) made to the output of David Attenborough, to me 'South Pacific' is one of the better documentary series in recent years to not have Attenborough's name on it and stands wonderfully on its own, if just lacking the special magic of Attenborough's best work.

There are so many great things in 'South Pacific'. Its premise is dealt with exceptionally in every single episode, the environments, how they're lived in, how the humans adapt to the environments, there are some very interesting topics and important ones handled truly admirably. Also in a way that is illuminating but not preachy (which is a potential danger with anything environmental-themed and a danger often fallen into).

"Ocean of Islands" was a wonderful start. This quality continues in the next episode "Castaways". The images are not quite as memorable as the coral reefs and starfish in the previous episode, but as one would expect there are some lovely images and a lot to be educated and transfixed by.

Sure, there could have been a touch more clarity in parts, but there is very little to dislike here.

When it comes to how it's written, "Castaways" does just as good a job entertaining and teaching, it's all very sincerely done and it never feels like a sermon. There are things here that are common sense and knowledge but one is taught a huge deal as well.

Benedict Cumberbatch's narration delivery is similarly on the money, very sensitively delivered, engaging and sonorous.

Visually, "Castaways" may lack the awe-inspiring, almost cinematic quality of the David Attenborough documentaries. With that being said, it is gorgeously shot, shot in a fluid, graceful and never static way, and is chock-full of strikingly memorable images. In every episode, the scenery and environments are like characters of their own, they're all incredible to look at and have a lot of atmosphere.

"Castaways" is appropriately scored, never intrusive or too low-key, and the different stories are powerful in a harrowing and poignant way, not to mention very honest and visually striking.

In summary, beautifully made, educational and emotional, basically a winner. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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