‘After 80 million years of isolation, nature has gone its own way,’ according to this three-part series about New Zealand’s amazing landscape and inhabitants. In this first episode, narrated by Sam Neill, we meet the country’s astonishing wildlife, including a colony of penguins that live in a forest, the Tuatara reptile, which dates back to the Jurassic age, and helicopter-flying sheep dogs that bring thousands of merino sheep down from the treacherous Southern Alps. As well as showing the crew’s terrifying journey to the Snares Islands, we meet the residents who have adapted their lives to cope with the dramatic environment.