Open letter – Last Chance to BBC

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation

I write to inform you that I am having a problem with the DVD version of your nature documentary series Last Chance To See, featuring Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry. The issue relates to the fifth episode, titled “Kakapo”.

Technically the DVD is working fine, but onward from the Carwardine and Sirocco mating sequence my girlfriend is screaming with laughter for the remainder of the episode, making it utterly impossible for me to hear a single word that is said, and the lack of subtitles thus makes the final part of the episode almost completely unintelligible.

Best regards,

Bjørnar Haveland


The “offending” sequence:


The “offending” image:

Note the expression of mindless, ecstatic bliss. That, along with the tell-tale back-and-forth rocking and guttural grunts, making it perfectly clear what he’s doing, or rather thinks he is doing, could throw just about anybody off their rocker.

I might mention that on Wikipedia, Sirocco is described as being “Known for: Attempting to mate with Mark Carwardine on BBC series Last Chance to See”.

That’s the funniest damn thing I’ve ever seen!
— Girlfriend

“Last Chance to See”, both the 2009 DVD series with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine, and the original 1990 book by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine, are among my absolute personal favourites. They are warm-hearted and humorous, yet serious, expressing fascination, love and admiration for our fellow living beings, exasperation towards Mankind’s far too common disregard for same, but also hope that for at least some of those threatened species it may not yet be too late. A heartily recommended watch and read.


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