Top documentaries on TV today: 'Wild New Zealand' with Sam Neill and Monique van de Ven

Top documentaries on TV today: 'Wild New Zealand' with Sam Neill and Monique van de Ven

Looking for documentary tips for this Wednesday? We have selected for you the best recommendations from the TV show. Whether it's a nature report, a nature series, or a foreign documentary: here you'll find an overview of really worthwhile TV shows. Turn it on!

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This Wednesday we have selected for you four wonderful documentaries that you can watch on TV for free: Starting at 4:15 p.m., the program includes a nature series, a nature report and a foreign documentary. And if you're primarily looking for star-studded documentaries, today you can watch the likes of Sam Neill and Monique van de Ven. The documentaries you shouldn't miss today can be found in the TV recommendations from

Nature series: “Wild New Zealand” with Sam Neill and Monique van de Ven (4:15 p.m. on 3Sat)

In many places, New Zealand's mountains, glaciers and vast plains are reminiscent of North America or Europe. But the flora and fauna of the islands are surprisingly different and very exotic. Penguins breed in the forest, prehistoric lizards hunt their young in the bushes, and kiwis meet in the dark of night. Isolation, the power of water and the influence of humans have shaped New Zealand. Isolated, and located between three oceans, animals there have evolved in a special way over 80 million years. There were no predatory mammals.

This nature series, written by Thomas Bernd with Sam Neill as self-narrator and Monique van de Ven as self-narrator, promises 45 minutes of entertainment.

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Documentary: “Paradise Made by Human Hands” (6:35 pm on Arte)

The swampy landscape is home to many rare animal and plant species. But almost unnoticed by the public, more and more moorland areas – drained for agriculture or peat extraction – have disappeared. An alarming loss that also fuels climate change. Because bogs are veritable “CO2 vacuum cleaners” – their plants remove huge amounts of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere every year and store them in peat soils.

This documentary about Arte lasts 45 minutes.

Nature Report: “On a Journey of Discovery with Karl Ploberger” with Karl Ploberger (9:45 p.m. 3 Sat)

The county in southwest England surprises with its turquoise bays reminiscent of the South Seas and its climate that allows tea to flourish. Cornwall also meets all romantic expectations with its steep cliffs and picturesque fishing villages. Places like Padstow, on the northwest coast of Cornwall, attract tourists in droves in the summer months.

This nature report moderated by Karl Ploberger on 3sat lasts for 15 minutes.

Foreign Documentary: “Guardians of the West – Do We Still Need NATO?” (10:15 p.m. on ZDF)

Europe's security depends on the strength of NATO. But the future of the military alliance is far from certain. Because America is electing a new president. ZDF correspondents from Washington and Brussels take a look into NATO's engine room and present the challenges the military alliance must overcome from within and without.

This foreign documentary on ZDF runs for 60 minutes.

If you're looking for exciting current movies, series or sports on TV, you'll find plenty of TV recommendations in our TV Current section.

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