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Dominic Monaghan explores some of the most remote corners of far-flung countries across the globe as he searches for the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive. Dominic is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of Lord of the Rings and as Charlie Pace in Lost. A true nature lover, Monaghan’s knowledge and love for insects and reptiles developed during his childhood and remains to this day.

In this second season of Wild Things, Dom expands his quests to include bigger and badder creatures – giant spitting cobras, charging elephants, a creature with the longest fangs in the world and another that just might be the most venomous animal in the ocean are just a few of the creatures on Dom’s roster this time around.

Dom has to cover some of the most challenging – and remote – terrain on the planet. He’ll have to search on land, by riverboat and even underwater to find the animals he seeks. He’ll drive, dive, hike, sail – and even surf – some of the most spectacular places on the planet. He’ll work in temperatures that swing from the scorching hot jungles of the Amazon, to the cold and snowy mountains of Japan.

Along the way, he’ll meet the people who live and work to conserve and protect the world’s most rare and wonderful creatures.

Executive producer and host

Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan has demonstrated incredible versatility in an acting career that has included such diverse characterisations as the Hobbit Merry in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Charlie Pace on ABC’s hit series Lost, a quantum physicist in the TV mystery FlashForward, and an electrical-powered mutant known as Bolt in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Dominic produced and starred in The Day, where he played the leader of a post-apocalyptic group being hunted by zombies. Other recent credits include the comedy TV series Goodnight Burbank and Crackle’s original series The Unknown.

A true nature lover and wildlife enthusiast, he recently wrapped shooting the second season of the Critics’ Choice Television Award nominated series, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. In each episode, Dominic takes the viewer along on an intimate, heart-pumping adventure as he tracks down and gets up close and personal with some of the planet’s most rare and life-threatening insects.

Before his worldwide success he became known in England for his role in the British television drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigations. His other feature film work includes Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell the Dead, (which was featured at Slamdance Film Festival), Colin Teague’s Spivs, Richard Jobson’s The Purifiers and Rebecca Cook‘s Shooting Livien. Dominic has also combined two of his life’s passions – photography and nature – and held his first exhibit in early 2008, Happy Accidents.

Next on...

Episode 9, Series 2

Wednesday September 27 at 19:30

Costa Rica - The Lemur Leaf Frog

Dom's in Costa Rica to see one of most rare amphibians on the planet - the extremely endangered but incredibly beautiful Lemur Leaf Frog. 9/10

Episode 9, Series 2

Thursday September 28 at 01:20

Costa Rica - The Lemur Leaf Frog

Dom's in Costa Rica to see one of most rare amphibians on the planet - the extremely endangered but incredibly beautiful Lemur Leaf Frog. 9/10

Episode 9, Series 2

Thursday September 28 at 08:35

Costa Rica - The Lemur Leaf Frog

Dom's in Costa Rica to see one of most rare amphibians on the planet - the extremely endangered but incredibly beautiful Lemur Leaf Frog. 9/10

Episode 9, Series 2

Thursday September 28 at 13:55

Costa Rica - The Lemur Leaf Frog

Dom's in Costa Rica to see one of most rare amphibians on the planet - the extremely endangered but incredibly beautiful Lemur Leaf Frog. 9/10

Episode 10, Series 2

Thursday September 28 at 19:30

Japan - Giant Japanese Salamander

Dom travels to Japan in pursuit of Giant Japanese Salamanders; massive amphibians who live and hunt in cold, fast-moving remote mountain streams. 10/10

Episode 10, Series 2

Friday September 29 at 01:10

Japan - Giant Japanese Salamander

Dom travels to Japan in pursuit of Giant Japanese Salamanders; massive amphibians who live and hunt in cold, fast-moving remote mountain streams. 10/10

Episode 10, Series 2

Friday September 29 at 05:15

Japan - Giant Japanese Salamander

Dom travels to Japan in pursuit of Giant Japanese Salamanders; massive amphibians who live and hunt in cold, fast-moving remote mountain streams. 10/10

Episode 10, Series 2

Friday September 29 at 08:40

Japan - Giant Japanese Salamander

Dom travels to Japan in pursuit of Giant Japanese Salamanders; massive amphibians who live and hunt in cold, fast-moving remote mountain streams. 10/10

Episode 10, Series 2

Friday September 29 at 14:00

Japan - Giant Japanese Salamander

Dom travels to Japan in pursuit of Giant Japanese Salamanders; massive amphibians who live and hunt in cold, fast-moving remote mountain streams. 10/10

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