From Upwell to the Coral Triangle

Will Millard has his own BBC 2 show
Will Millard has his own BBC 2 show

A prime-time BBC2 television series being presented by the ex-Wisbech Grammar School writer and explorer, Will Millard, has been branded the documentary of the week in the latest edition of the ‘Radio Times’.

Will, 31, who was born in King’s Lynn and raised in Upwell, investigates the Coral Triangle in the Western Pacific, which has the richest waters on the planet, in a new three-part series.

In the first of the programmes in which Will explores the lives of the people who live there, he met the Bajau spear fishermen of Indonesia, who are famous for their fishing and swimming skills.

He visited a village of 1,500 people, whose homes are built on stilts eight foot above the water and whose livelihoods are entirely based on fishing the increasingly empty seas.

An epiphany on Capri, which he experienced as a schoolboy during a classics tour of Italy, put him on the road to becoming an explorer – and he fell in love with West Papua, Indonesia, where he spent the next decade leading jungle expeditions.

Will said: “The response has been phenomenal since the broadcast, the first of three, on the Bajau spear fishermen of Indonesia. I have had upwards of 2,000 messages from people interested in the issues raised in the programme and we’ve been featured in most of the national newspapers.

“It was deeply humbling to spend my time with such unique communities, who show such incredible resilience as their environment changes all around them.”