Dominic Monaghan makes a splash on BBC America
Dominic Monaghan at the 2013 Winter TCA Press Tour
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today
) 1/23/2013 – When asked if he was afraid of any animal or insect Dominic happily replied to Hollywood Today and other critics at the Winter TCA tour, “I’m not. I’m not afraid of an animal.” A cross between David Attenborough and the Crocodile Hunter, Dominic Monoghan brings his own brand of wildlife adventurer to BBC America’s Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.
You’ll be surprised at how passionate Dominic is for the gritty world of snakes, bugs and animals. The networks are filled with wildlife shows these days and so many are the ‘trained thrill seeker’ style, Monaghan explains the difference between those and his show when in a recent interview he said, “…that you can have these experiences and it doesn’t have to be something that is impossible to achieve or overwhelming…” He goes on to say, “Its fine traveling to countries where you don’t speak their language. It’s okay going somewhere and eating food that you might not have had before, having experiences with animals that you might not know a huge amount about. As long as you are respectful and have a smile on your face, fingers crossed, you’ll survive.” The series producer Paul Kilback explains, “when you watch it, it’s not just a bunch of cut scenes with Dom interacting with animals, but a large portion of this show is how does he get to the animals? What’s the adventure? What are the challenges getting there, and how does he interact with the people that he meets? And I think as much as it is a show about the animals, it’s a show about Dom.”
Paul and Dominic designed the show for families who want to learn about new and interesting animals, one of their hopes in covering the creepy bugs and snakes is to help people see that they can overcome their fears. Dominic says, “…that’s something that hopefully in this show, because we made it very specifically for families, that maybe a father or a mother or a brother or a sister can sit down and be scared of these animals, but watch it with their family and then they not be scared of those animals, and maybe they can learn to have a different relationship with that type of animal.” But, not only is it to help overcome fears it’s also to teach about safety and inquisitiveness. Dominic explains, “…we always talk about the idea that these animals are dangerous, and if you are going to encounter a venomous snake, the last thing that you should be doing is touching it. But, you know, the show also is an encouragement, [it] is a call to arms to people, though, watching it, to go and explore, you know, to go and look in your garden, to lift up rocks, to check things out, to be curious. Curiosity is one of my favorite words, you know. Being curious keeps us alive.”
The first episode followed Dominic as he tracked down a giant killer water bug, see what kind of creepy creature he pursues next on January 29th
at 10 p.m.