Presenter Will Millard overwhelmed by response to show
PUBLISHED: 11:04 09 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:04 09 May 2015
BBC2 documentary series has been a success for the former Wisbech Grammar School pupil, who grew up in West Norfolk.
Mr Millard, 31, says he has been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Hunters of the South Seas which focuses on the lives of remote communities in the Pacific’s Coral Triagle. The final episode airs tomorrow at 8pm.
The series follows his experiences of living with a family from a different community to experience, and report on, their culture and traditions which have been passed from generation to generation.
Mr Millard, who was born in King’s Lynn and grew up in Upwell, near Wisbech, said: “The whole project has been such an incredible experience. It was such a privilege to spend time with these unique people, who have adapted their lives to the environment changes around them.
“The documentary has been one of our biggest successes, and the response we’ve had to the series has been amazing.”
So far in the series, he has met the Bajau spear fishermen on Indonesia who still use traditional fishing and swimming methods. He has also been forced to deal with the fact that whale hunting is the livelihood of people in the Indonesian village of Lamalera.
In tomorrow’s episode, he travels to the Coral Triangle’s remotest corner to learn about a complex trading network called The Kula Ring.
The series was named documentary of the week in a recent issue of the Radio Times.
Mr Millard decided to be an explorer during a classics tour of Italy. He fell in love with West Papua, Indonesia, where he spent a decade leading jungle expeditions.
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