Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Redmond O'Hanlon - the Bilbo Baggins of our era.
This is a series made for Dutch television by public channel VPRO.
We've watched it, and, like its predecessor, it was hilarious and informative at the same time.
The Brit O'Hanlon already had a good reputation as a travel writer in the Netherlands, but when they asked him to come along on the replica journey of The Beagle, it was a stroke of genius. Thousands and thousands of people stayed in on a Sunday evening, simply to watch and hear this man talk about his passion for Darwin. All the other guests were good, certainly, but O'Hanlon carried the series almost single-handedly.
The VPRO wanted more, and good for them.
So they asked O'Hanlon to talk about his heroes. Something which he does in a manner that keeps you on the edge of your chair whilst laughing your head of about his antics.
I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of Mr. O'Hanlon, in whatever capacity!
I've shown this little video at school, and my pupils being what they are (no comment), a tiny majority watched and was positive about Mr. O'Hanlon. I wish they could meet him, he'd charm them in a flash.