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Our World: The Best Kept Secret - Whirinaki Forest

Television (Full Length) – 1984

In this episode of the long-running nature programming slot on TV One, naturalist David Bellamy visits New Zealand’s “dinosaur forest” — Whirinaki. Bellamy brings his famed nature-boy enthusiasm to “a living cathedral that dates back 200 million years”. He explores the North Island forest’s “big five”: 60m+ rimu, mataī, kahikatea, miro and tōtara trees; and the ecosystem that they reign over, from kākā parrots to giant tree ferns. The intro is by Gael Ludlow and features the fondly-remembered Jean Michel Jarre synthpop track that was Our World’s signature.

Sssshhh ... I’m in dinosaur country! Listen to the forest - for it’s got the most phenomenal story to tell!
– David Bellamy

Key Cast & Crew

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Joanne McPhee

Director, Producer

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Simon Sedgley

Editor

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Gael Ludlow

Presenter

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David Bellamy

Reporter

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Dick Reade

Sound

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Ken Dorman

Camera

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