Pacific with Sam Neill follows in the wake of three world changing voyages across the most expansive ocean of them all. Neill draws on deep personal connections to the Pacific - from his British Empire builder relations in Australia and New Zealand to the descendants of Polynesian warrior/navigators to contemporary America and Asia. In this epic 6 x 1 hour series to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific, Sam Neill uses any and all contemporary modes of marine transport to sail in Cook's wake and map his massive influence. From Tahiti to New Zealand, Australia to Hawaii, Antartica to Alaska, Neill meets the peoples and places transformed by Cooks charting of the Pacific and the shifting of the politics and economies of the region. One third of Earth's surface, the Pacific was, before Cook, disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. Cook mapped the sea routes that link the Americas with Asia - the conduits of trade and power that the USA and China wrestle over today. He will shift from the personal to the global, the present to the past with deftness and wit. Part travelogue, part revisionist history, part homage to the greatest of voyagers and the ocean he changed forever, Pacific with Sam Neill is a grand, entertaining TV event. Starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders).
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