two series comprising twenty six half hour programmes taking
Mark as far afield as The Pilbara, Patagonia, and Papua New
Guinea, OSheas Big Adventure was about to get
a little bit bigger. Twice as big in fact, as Mark was invited
to embark on a series of one hour OShea specials.
South and South East Asia was his hunting ground, and it was
to be an area which stretched the programme making abilities
of the OShea production team to their limits.
First up, India, with Mark on the trail of the elusive King
Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world. After weeks
of searching Mark came face to face with perhaps the most
remarkable snake he has ever encountered. In one of the most
spiritual moments of his life, he thinks he saw intelligence
in the eyes of a snake for the first time.
Marks epic journeys continued, with a return to India,
then onto Thailand, and finally a dangerous trip to Sri Lanka.
They exceeded all expectations in terms of the beauty and
variety of filming locations, and the remarkable attributes
of the reptiles he came across.
In Sri Lanka he goes in search of the snake he considers the
most dangerous snake in the world. The Sri Lankan Russells
viper has a venom so complex that it has the capacity to kill
in several different ways. For ordinary Sri Lankans it is
the hidden menace in the fields during harvest time.
In Thailand he went in search of one of the worlds rarest
crocodiles, one that could be said to be more happy
snappy than snap-happy. A quest triggered
by a unique photograph on the internet, a photograph taken
by the crocodile itself
And when the team returned to India, Mark investigated the
ultimate eating machines, pythons that can swallow whole deer
and then fast for many months afterwards without ill effect.
He is determined to find out what separates Indian rock pythons
from their Burmese cousins. A question Mark has wanted to
answer for ten years since he found three Burmese rock pythons
in western Nepal.
Mark OShea believes these one hour specials have taken
the series to new heights.
Double length programmes have enabled us to spend more
time on location, go into greater detail with the reptiles
we find, and be more ambitious in terms of our aims and objectives.
I think this has really helped us achieve something special.
Hopefully you, the viewers, will agree!