COAST AUSTRALIA – Season 3 Cast
The hugely successful factual series Coast Australia is returning for its third season, presented by internationally renowned British archaeologist and television presenter Neil Oliver.
Each episode will showcase a different strip of Australia’s spectacular coastline, as Neil Oliver and his team of co-presenters gather stories about the history, the people, the archaeology, the geography and the marine life, investigating interesting and little known facts along the way. Throughout the series, Neil will again be joined by some of Australia’s leading experts in their field: palaeontologist Professor Tim Flannery, historian Dr Alice Garner, marine ecologist Professor Emma Johnston and landscape architect Brendan Moar, as they set out to capture the incredible diversity around the edge of a young nation built on an ancient land.
Neil qualified as an archaeologist in 1988. His fieldwork experience has covered everything from the early Stone Age in Scotland to the examination of World War II coastal fortifications of Kent and Northern France. Neil trained as a journalist working on The Scotsman, The Herald, The Guardian, The Edinburgh Evening News and The Daily Record, but it was in 2002 that his television career began. Two Men in a Trench saw Neil visit historic British battlefields and recreate the battle situation using state-of-the-art technology. Neil co-wrote two books to accompany the series. Read more..
Dr Alice Garner is a Melbourne historian, actor and musician who has been moving between academia, film and television for over twenty years. She spent her childhood summers on the Victorian beaches of Port Phillip Bay and the Southern Ocean, with occasional trips to a completely different world in Queensland’s Surfers Paradise. During long stays in France, she
discovered first Brittany and then the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines. Read more..
For over a decade, Brendan Moar’s name has been synonymous with quality lifestyle programming as one of Australia’s top TV hosts. With a wide-ranging professional background in photography, acting, writing, producing and landscape, architecture and design, Brendan brings credibility and a diversity of expertise to his on screen hosting. Brendan was the face of The Lifestyle Channel for over ten years hosting numerous shows including Home, Moar Gardening and Dry Spell Gardening. He was awarded two ASTRAs, twice-voted Favourite Male Personality on Subscription TV and in 2006 hosted the ASTRAs. Read more..
‘Dr Dean’ as he’s affectionately known travels the world to research and film animals in the most remote, inhospitable and interesting corners of the planet
A film maker, scientist, researcher, and has actively worked with minke whales in Far North Queensland, Dr Dean has walked with polar bears, dived with tiger sharks, lived with seals, come eye-to-eye with whales, marched with penguins and flown with eagles. Read more..
Professor Emma Johnston is an Australian Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales and inaugural Director of the Sydney Harbour Research Program at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
Emma investigates human impacts in marine systems and her research is conducted in such diverse marine environments as Antarctica, the Great Barrier Reef and temperate estuarine habitats. She has combined the disciplines of ecology, ecotoxicology and invasion biology in an exciting research program that has expanded our fundamental understanding of coastal ecosystems and provided recommendations for management. Read more..
An internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer, Professor Tim Flannery has published more than 130 scientific papers and has written many books, including his recent bestseller on global warming, The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change. As a young scientist his PhD researched the evolution of kangaroos. From there Tim’s scientific expertise ran from zoology, to palaeontology, and later to climate science. He spent a year as professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary
Biology. Read more..