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Australian Pirate Patrol – Men and Women In Uniform With Drama – Sounds Good

National Geographic Channel has launched it new show Australian Pirate Patrol last week. Some people call it observational documentary, I tend to call it high end reality TV.

As regular readers of this blog will know I don’t tend to cover observational reality shows, more due to time constraints rather than not liking this particular reality TV genre.

However after receiving a invite to the launch on a naval ship I was got very interested indeed. Hellooooooo sailor.

This show which is a produced in Australia is set on naval ship taking part in a six month tour of duty in the Middle East. Their main role is to protect the safe passage of ships from pirates that roam the waters in that area.

The show is shot in HD, and looks really sharp. It mainly follows six “characters”, Commander Ivan Ingham (who looks like a bit of hottie), Adam “Basko” Basket, Jonathan Beatty – the navigator, Leesa Young – the officer of the watch, Simon Howard who just had a baby,  and Samantha Whitfield.

However there are 193 men and women aboard the HMAS Toowoomba and the series will show how the crew adapt to the daily pressures of life on active service. We see the navy boarding ships to hinder pirates and smugglers in the area.

It is the first time a film crew has been allowed access-in-full to an Australian warship on a complete six month tour of duty.

It will be shown globally on all the National Geographic Channel’s in 166 countries and 34 languages.

Definitely worth watching Australian Pirate Patrol will premiere on Monday October 18 at 8.30pm, but will be on at other times during the week.


1 Izobel2 { 10.13.10 at 4:21 pm }

I thought for a second you wrote “Pirate Master”!!!
That’d have to be up there with the worst of the reality shows wouldn’t it?
Aust Pirate Patrol sounds quite interesting.

2 Reality Raver { 10.13.10 at 4:28 pm }

LOL – Cameron Daddo has had some terrible luck with hosting reality TV shows.

3 Culinary Boner { 10.13.10 at 5:26 pm }

Shiver me timbers, will they be taking on white slavers intent on capturing pale young virginal females to be scandously put to nefarious servitude in the hareems of the middle east? Wot?! no you say!

Oh, I see. So they’ll be floating around the eastern Mediterranean talking urgently into intercoms and walkie talkies, listening to ominous weather warnings and generally harassing western oriental gentleman sporting funny moustaches who are going about their business in little boats.

Pardon my ignorance but I thought the modern-day pirate hotspots were in Somalia (and other places in Africa), the South China Sea or closer to home in places like the Malacca Straits and around the Philippines, not the Middle East. Only major reported incidence of piracy I know of in the Middle East would be Israel’s shameful recent action against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

I presume this is more about arms smuggling than anything else, cause if it isn’t it seems like a strategically useless waste of Australian resources. Hopefully, it makes good TV though.

4 Kaylen { 10.14.10 at 2:06 am }

CB – we often send military units to the places you mentioned due to international obligations. I would assume, since this is one of those ‘pirate patrols’, that those hotspots would be where they were deployed.

It sounds like an interesting show, and I think I’ll try to keep an eye out or something. :)