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The remote Indonesian province of Papua is home to the Baliem River, a wild waterway of epic rapids. No-one has ever dared navigate the full length of the river. Until now.

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challenge

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challenge

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In this series, Steve Backshall takes on the toughest challenge of his career: the world’s first complete descent of the Baliem.

Along the journey, Steve infiltrates a notorious cannibal tribe, attempts to trap one of the world’s biggest saltwater crocodiles, and searches for the beautiful and elusive Birds of Paradise.

Steve and his team tackle this whiteknuckle ride in authentic style, with equipment stripped back to basics. This is extreme nature – an adrenalized adventure where anything could happen. No outside support. No shortcuts. No limits.

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Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 1:20pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 1 | Series 1

Steve Backshall, embarks on a perilous expedition to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea.

Episode 1, Series 1

Wednesday May 1 at 9:25pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 1 | Series 1

Steve Backshall, embarks on a perilous expedition to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea.

Episode 1, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 8:55am

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 1 | Series 1

Steve Backshall, embarks on a perilous expedition to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea.

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 2:20pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 2 | Series 1

Steve kayaks down one of the most extreme rivers on the planet, where the risk of capsizing is constant. Here he encounters a local tribe who have little contact with the outside world…

Episode 2, Series 1

Thursday May 2 at 10:25pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 2 | Series 1

Steve kayaks down one of the most extreme rivers on the planet, where the risk of capsizing is constant. Here he encounters a local tribe who have little contact with the outside world…

Episode 2, Series 1

Friday May 3 at 9:00am

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 2 | Series 1

Steve kayaks down one of the most extreme rivers on the planet, where the risk of capsizing is constant. Here he encounters a local tribe who have little contact with the outside world…

Episode 1, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 12:25pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 1 | Series 1

Steve Backshall, embarks on a perilous expedition to explore one of the wildest rivers in the world, the mighty Baliem River in the island of New Guinea.

Episode 2, Series 1

Sunday May 5 at 1:20pm

Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challeng

Episode 2 | Series 1

Steve kayaks down one of the most extreme rivers on the planet, where the risk of capsizing is constant. Here he encounters a local tribe who have little contact with the outside world…

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