Martin Clunes: Island of Australia

Martin Clunes: Island of Australia

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: Martin Clunes

Doc Martin star Martin Clunes embarks upon a fascinating journey through 16 of Australia’s 8,000 islands in this three-part series. 

Martin Clunes: Island of Australia, airing Mondays, May 1, 8, and 15 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, and again Sunday, May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Characterized by their resourceful inhabitants, exotic animals, and unique marine environments, these islands represent a true cross-section of Australia’s diverse people, terrain, and history.

Episode #101 - East (Airing May 1 at 9 p.m. and May 21 at 1 p.m.) Martin's journey begins in Australia's most iconic city — Sydney. In the middle of Sydney Harbor lies Fort Denison, an island that symbolizes the city's colonial past. This is Martin's jumping-off point as he heads for the subtropical paradise of Lord Howe Island. Approximately 600 kilometers from the mainland, Lord Howe Island has been settled by humans for fewer than 200 years. As a result, it's astonishingly pristine. Next up is Norfolk Island where Martin learns about its brutal, convict past and its proud present, meeting descendants of the Bounty mutineers. From Norfolk, Martin travels to Restoration Island to meet a modern day Robinson Crusoe and his dingo. Then it’s on to Thursday and Friday Islands, the tropical homes of music and pearls.

Episode #102 - North and West (Airing May 8 at 9 p.m. and May 21 at 2 p.m.) Martin travels to the Tiwi Islands for some "bush tucker" and "Aussie footie." From there, it's on to the magical Murions where Martin discovers the Ningaloo Reef and swims with the biggest fish in the ocean: the whale shark. On his next stop on the Abrolhos Islands, Martin hears a tale of bloody mutiny and learns to catch a lobster and then, to Rottnest, where, amongst the tourists Martin discovers a dark past and some friendly marsupials. Martin next travels by boat to the mysterious Island of Carnac, home to one of the world's most venomous snake species.

Episode #103 - South (Airing May 15 at p.m. and May 21 at 3 p.m.) Martin travels to Mundoo Island in South Australia, arriving just in time for some high-energy cattle mustering. Then on Phillip Island, Martin handles a fairy penguin and races at top speed in a Mini Cooper. On King Island, he helps to gather storm-driven bull kelp on the beach. And finally, Martin heads to Maria Island, ending his trip on Tasmania where he learns about the race to save Tasmanian Devils from extinction.