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Lost Land of the Tiger





Annie Backhouse

Rowan Musgrave

Susanna Handslip


Annie Backhouse

Tim Martin

Jonny Keeling

Channel: BBC1 and BBC HD

Tuesday 21 September 2010 for three consecutive nights

Duration: 3 episodes x 1 hour


Richard Armitage


In this three part documentary, narrated by Richard Armitage and first shown over consecutive nights from Tuesday 21st September 2010, we follow a team of scientists and wildlife photography experts during their dramatic expedition searching for tigers hidden in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

The team:

  • Alan Rabinowitz - expedition leader and big cat expert
  • Steve Backshall - naturalist and presenter
  • Gordon Buchanan - wildlife cameraman and presenter
  • George McGavin - Oxford University biologist
  • Justine Evans - wildlife camerawoman

From BBC programme information:

With tigers heading for extinction, an international team of big cat experts and wildlife filmmakers are given unique access to the jungles and mountains of Bhutan for what could be the last chance to save this magnificent animal.

Explorer Steve Backshall is joined by sniffer dog Bruiser; together, they hunt for tigers through the dense forest undergrowth. High in the mountains, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan drives himself to exhaustion tracking tigers that seem as elusive as the yeti. And in a jungle base camp, scientist George McGavin organises a firefly disco, while camerawoman Justine Evans is stuck at the top of a tree during a tropical lightning storm.

For the final team member, big cat biologist Alan Rabinowitz, time to save the tiger is running out, as he has been diagnosed with incurable leukaemia. Alan bugs the forest with remote cameras to capture whatever secretive creatures are lurking there, but ultimately he needs to find tigers if his ambitious plan to protect them across the Himalayas is to succeed.

We follow the expedition every emotional step of the way as they strive to find evidence that could help to bring wild tigers back from the brink of extinction and safeguard their future.



DVD Details

The DVD was released in a boxset with two other documentaries from the same team on 29 August 2011. It costs £15.99 from Amazon UK. All other links and prices are on the RA on DVD page.



BBC Programme Details

Episode 1 programme information



Episode 2 programme information



Episode 3 programme information



Clip from Episode 1 

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BBC Press Office - BBC team discovers lost tigers



BBC Press Office - programme copy



BBC Lost Land of the Tiger mini-site




Last updated 2 October 2011