Sam Neill Explores the Trials and the Delights of Captain Cook's Epic Voyage on "The Pacific"

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11 February 2019
The Pacific
Courtesy of Ovation
"The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill"
Premieres Thursday, Febreuary 14 at 10 PM ET/PT on Ovation

          Award-winning actor Sam Neill journeys to the largest ocean in the world 250 years after the historic Captain James Cook began his epic exploration. Visiting the islands and lands where Captain Cook sailed and meeting the descendants of the people Cook met, Sam explores the trials and triumphs, disasters and delights that followed.

The Pacific
Courtesy of Ovation
          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 six-part documentary, Sam 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, The Pacific with Sam Neill is a grand, entertaining TV event.  
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