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Macintyre: Edge of Existence

Premier :: 2007-05-29

Airs :: Tuesday 8:00 pm on Five

Genre :: Documentary
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Summary

A new action adventure series where Donal Macintyre tries to live at the absolute limits of human habitation in places such as Oman, Papua New Guinea, Bolivia and Borneo. The series shows what it is like to live on the very edge of existence and over the course of the 4 shows he visits the Inuits in the most northerly community in the world, experiences camel migration in the Sahara and crosses the world's highest mountain pass with Tibetan traders.

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 4 - Bolivia
Aired - 18 June 2007

Episode summary:

Donal MacIntyre puts his life and reputation on the line as he tries to live at the limits of human habitation in this four-part documentary series. In this final episode, Donal travels to the one of the most inhospitable places on earth –the high mountains of the Andes –to follow Quechuan Indians in their native environment. Donal’s latest adventure has brought him to the altiplanoregion of Bolivia, a mountainous area some 17,000 feet above sea level. This harsh land is home to the Quechuan Indians, an indigenous people who pre-date the Incas. The highly spiritual Quechuan eke out a living in one of the remotest regions of South America’s poorest country. Donal is initiated into Quechuan life when he arrives in a small town and witnesses a ritual to celebrate Pachamama, or Mother Earth. The Indians, dressed like Spanish Conquistadors, sacrifice a sheep to appease the gods and set its still-beating heart on the ground. A dance ensues, in which the Indians – fired by alcohol – engage in mock fights. Donal is dragged into the ritual, enduring kicks and punches before being wrestled to the ground.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 4 Bolivia Aired - 18 June 2007
+ Episode - 3 Oman Aired - 12 June 2007
+ Episode - 2 Borneo Aired - 04 June 2007

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