Wonders of the Monsoon
Wonders of the Monsoon (also known as Lands of the Monsoon) is a BBC documentary series which ran for five episodes between 5 October 2014 and 2 November 2014, and aired on BBC Two. The series focus for a variety of locations around the world features including India, Australia and islands of the Pacific Ocean which are all the focus of the monsoon rains.
|Wonders of the Monsoon|
|Also known as||'Lands of the Monsoon'|
|Narrated by||Colin Salmon|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Kathryn Jeffs |
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BBC Natural History Unit|
|Original network||BBC Two |
BBC Two HD
|Picture format||16:9 576i (SDTV)|
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
|Audio format||SD: Stereo |
|Original release||5 October –|
2 November 2014
All original and international episode names were given from BBC website. All broadcast dates refer to the original UK transmission.
|Episode||Original Title / International Title||Original air date|
|1||"Waiting for the Rains"|
"Bringer and Destroyer"
|5 October 2014|
|Starting in the monsoon region of Northern Australia before moving onto Christmas Island where the rains trigger a migration of red crabs. In India, the Delhi stock exchange sees the price of rice rise every day the rains fail to appear.|
|2||"Deluge"||12 October 2014|
|Pre-monsoon showers arrive in Thailand as Assamese macaque play in the water and eat water snails. Four months of rain begin in India where male Indian common toads turn yellow-gold for one day in a chance to mate. The Mekong in Cambodia swells, forcing water back up its tributary to fill the Tonlé Sap Lake.|
|19 October 2014|
|The winds reverse as the monsoon doesn't bring rain but brings in dry air and drought in places. In Borneo, a bearded pig has worked out a strategy for surviving. Camels in the Rajasthan Desert provide vital transport while elephants gather in Sri Lanka for the appearance of fresh grass.|
"Isles of Plenty"
|26 October 2014|
|The Black-crested macaque thrive in large troops on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where they eat fruit. Soil erosion is a problem in rainswept Borneo, so plants have to compete for scarce nutrients and take to evolving some ingenious techniques to survive.|
|5||"People of the Monsoon"|
|2 November 2014|
|People of Palawan still hunt in forest and live in caves, and their existence relies on a respect for nature. The Bishnoi have also been known to lay their lives down for nature. With a minimal farmland that supports a high density of people, the group are under pressure.|
In Australia and New Zealand, DVD was released by ABC DVD/Village Roadshow on 21 October 2015.
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- BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon, Waiting for the Rains
- "Lands of the Monsoon, Episode 2: Deluge". BBC Asia.
- BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon, Deluge
- "Lands of the Monsoon, Episode 3: Drought". BBC Asia.
- BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon, The Drought
- "Lands of the Monsoon, Episode 4: Isles of Plenty". BBC Asia.
- BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon, Strange Castaways
- "Lands of the Monsoon, Episode 5: Transformation". BBC Asia.
- BBC Two – Wonders of the Monsoon, People of the Monsoon
- "Wonders of the Monsoon (DVD)". Amazon.com.
- "Wonders of the Monsoon (Blu-ray)". Amazon.com.
- "Lands of the Monsoon (DVD)". ABC Shop.