“It’s not often that this happens, that you walk along a corridor and a small, three-year old orangutan walks around the corner towards you. Such a great sight. Yet another experience in this amazing time which I will never forget.”
“I’ve learnt how vulnerable this wonderful place is and what we need to do to save it. This journey has affected me so much, and I’m thrilled I’ve been asked to be an ambassador for its rainforest.”
Imitating the calls of a male Orangutan is just the beginning for Britain’s national treasure Dame Judi Dench in Borneo. In this new documentary series produced by Atlantic Productions for ITV, Dench embarks on a wild adventure exploring one of Southeast Asia’s oldest untouched rainforests of the Malay Archipelago including the Danum Valley, the Lower Kinabatangan and the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah’s east coast of Malaysia.
Covering over jungle floors that date back 130 million years ago (when dinosaurs walked the earth), Dench sees the rainforest for the very first time, said: “It is spectacular. I never imagined that it would be quite so over powering to look at. It is like flying over broccoli. It is like nothing I have ever seen before.”
She also met with scientist Greg Asner who used the latest science to map the forest from the skies to reveal the devastating impacts of timber and palm oil have on the planet: diminishing the productivity of carbon and quite undeviatingly destroys the lungs of the world. And learns about the efforts that will soon reclaim and protect forest area covering three times the size of London.
Judi Dench worked again with Atlantic Productions to produce My Passion for Trees for BBC One.
Worth mentioning credits:
Executive Producer — Anthony Geffen
Director — Havey Lilley
Music — Ty Unwin
Sound Recordist — Simon Forrester
Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure two-part series is now playing on Astro’s Discovery Asia HD, Channel 553.