Martin Clunes embarks on an epic island-hopping journey
Doc Martin and Manhunt star Martin Clunes sets off on a 10,000-mile journey to explore some of the many thousands of islands scattered off the shores of America, in this new four-part series, which follows on from his Islands of Britain and Islands of Australia series.
He begins in two contrasting places – tropical Hawaii and snowy Alaska.
HAWAII & ALASKA episode one
In Hawaii, Martin seeks out the bits of the state not on the tourist map and meets islanders displaced by a devastating volcanic eruption.
On an Alaskan island, the actor is awestruck by the sight of a magnificent Kodiak bear and
‘It was a privilege seeing these creatures in their natural habitat,’ says Martin.
‘But I’m saddened hunters pay $30,000 to shoot them.
Managed hunts are a big part of the island’s economy but I just can’t square it.’
WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA & LOUISIANA episode two
Martin takes to the skies in a 1920s biplane to fly
over the San Juan Islands in Washington State,
and visits Avery Island in Louisiana to see how the world-famous Tabasco chilli sauce
His highlight, though, was in California at the Channel Islands National Park, known as ‘America’s Galápagos’, home to some unique wildlife…
‘There’s a seal and sea-lion colony there with thousands of them,’ says Martin.
‘If we had just walked in, they would have scarpered or tried to fight us but there’s a rangers’ monitoring station where they collect data on the animals.
They get into a box on wheels, painted a sandy colour. We wheeled out right smack in the middle of the colony and I got a seal-fie!’
A fascinating series, and Martin makes a wonderful guide.