Birds of Paradise is a Nature programme.

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Birds of Paradise

BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and explorer Benedict Allen undertake an extraordinary journey through Papua New Guinea. Frank has dreamed of seeing birds of paradise since he was a young child, but his dream died in 2004 when he was shot by terrorists. A chance meeting with Benedict Allen changed everything. 30 years ago, Benedict lived in Papua New Guinea with the Niowra, a remote people. They thought he would live amongst them forever but he abandoned them. Intent on returning, Benedict pledges to take Frank with him. Together they set out on an incredible journey, through some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet, to make it up into the cloud forest where the birds live. Benedict is determined to get Frank there despite the wheelchair. But as they approach Benedict's old village, brutal secrets from the past come back to haunt him. And Frank hears that in nearby hills he might get an early sighting of a bird of paradise.

Genre: Nature

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

When is Birds of Paradise next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 2 August 2nd, 11:15pm and on BBC 2 Northern Ireland August 2nd, 11:15pm. See more...