Extreme snake catching with Robson Green

MEETING THE LOCALS: Famous British actor Robson Green, centre, was in the Barossa Valley filming his new television series with snake catchers Benjamin John Horton, left, and Roger Atkinson, right.

MEETING THE LOCALS: Famous British actor Robson Green, centre, was in the Barossa Valley filming his new television series with snake catchers Benjamin John Horton, left, and Roger Atkinson, right.

Who doesn’t love Australia? One UK actor’s love of the beautiful Australian landscape and wildlife brought him to the Barossa Valley last month to film part of his new television series with a local snake catcher. 

‘Grantchester’ and ‘Wire in the blood’ star, Robson Green, who is also known in the fishing world for his television series ‘Extreme Fishing With Robson Green’, is working on a show about the spirit of Australia. 

The show sees Robson conquer his ophidiophobia, the abnormal fear of snakes.

It was filmed partly in Nuriootpa and Sandleton with Benjamin Horton, owner and operator of SPADE Snake Catching and Education, and Roger Atkinson, owner of Ace Snake Catchers with the star joining the snake catchers on call out to relocate an eastern brown snake from a family home in the Barossa region.

“Today (Tuesday, April 28) is the first time I have ever handled a snake, and it breaks down the myth that they are slimy aggravated creatures,” Robson said. 

“It is great to be alongside someone who is comfortable around the snake. It has been great to film with the two guys this morning.

“Australia has the most venomous snake in the world, if you get bitten by a Taipan snake out in the outback you could be miles away from the nearest hospital, it can be a life and death situation.

“That is what the show is about. It is about the extremes of Australia and how people survive and adapt to the environment.” 

Benjamin and Roger, who were fortunate enough to meet Robson and be in his series, said they really had fun filming the show.

“Robson is a real down to earth guy,” Benjamin said. 

“We had a bit of a chat during the breaks and we joked that he should do a series on snakes around the world since he is over his phobia now.”

Filmed by the Discovery Network, the show’s working title is Robson Green’s Wild Australia and the network is hoping to have the series go to air late 2015.

Robson, who visits Australia about twice a year, will also be travelling to Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Central Australia to do filming for his new series. 

“I am very lucky,” Robson said.

“Travelling the world and meeting new people and wildlife, it is a dream come true.”

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