History Channel’s Coast Australia in production

21 January, 2013 by Brendan Swift

Foxtel has commissioned an Australian version of the BAFTA award-winning British series Coast.

The 8 x 1 hour Coast Australia series will be produced by Great Southern Television and screen on The History Channel in the second half of 2013.


British historian and television presenter Neil Oliver will host the series, according to Foxtel, along with a diverse group of Australian experts who will focus on Australia’s stunning coastline.

Each episode will target a different strip of coast and explore its history, people, archaeology, geography and marine life.

Foxtel’s general manager of factual channels, Jim Buchan, said: “We believe that Coast Australia will be a lasting manuscript on the formation, history, culture and natural beauty of Australia and its people and we are very proud to have a series of this standing in our 2013 schedule.”

Host Neil Oliver said: "I can't wait to start exploring this extraordinary, fascinating coastline. The prospect of meeting the people, hearing their stories and taking in some of the endless variety of this challenging and stunning country is quite simply a dream job. I'm a visitor here and I hope the audience will get a sense of the excitement I feel at having the chance to finally find out what makes Australia such a special place."

Coast Australia is currently in production.