Loving the BBC's Lost Land of The Volcano on the i-player. A bunch of derring-do scientists enter the rainforest of a long extinct volcano crater in Papua New Guinea. It's completely unexplored and full of new species, such as the giant rat whose discovery was one of the most watched clips on the BBC website before the series even broadcast. The was how the programme caught my attention. Not a great telly watcher but I now make an effort to catch up with it every week. This demonstrates the power of the internet - and its users - to capture readers for "old media".
Lost Land could have been the plot of a Rider Haggard novel. But these 21st century adventurers engage with the local people respectfully. The programme explains the indigenous community's dilemma: sell their forest to loggers or struggle on without medicine or education. Around ten children in the tiny settlement are killed by malaria each year - they don't even have mosquito nets. Hope this documentary's legacy will preserve both the forest, its unique animals and its people. The website for the Lost Land of the Volcano is here