Partners: South Pictures International, distributed by All3Media
Length: 5 x 60 minutes
Premiered: August 2011 (New Zealand)
Rights: World rights except New Zealand
It’s common television wisdom that talent can sell a show and its subject matter, and for presenter-led programming, it’s essential to have someone in front of the camera who oozes not only charisma, but credibility. This five-part natural history series has such a presenter in Craig Potton (pictured), a celebrated landscape photographer and conservationist. In Wild Coasts, Potton (previously seen in Rivers with Craig Potton) travels across New Zealand’s gorgeous, unpredictable coastline, taking viewers to awe-inspiring expanses and isolated nooks and crannies, and never failing to show his own sense of wonder over his surroundings.
Impressive aerial and underwater photography, coupled with guests who range from scientists to “boaties” and Potton’s taste for the subject matter add up to a winner.