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Nigel Latta

18 September 2016

Alongside five seasons of Beyond the Darklands, Nigel Latta has presented a number of shows about parenting and young people. There have also been many books on parenting, two of them spin-offs from his TV shows — plus two editions of book Into the Darklands, whose chronicles of criminals first inspired Latta’s move into television.

Latta’s other television work includes a one-off documentary for young people dealing with natural disasters, and two-part special Surviving Teen Driving, which investigates the high fatality rate amongst teens.

Six episodes of self-titled series Nigel Latta debuted in mid 2014. The show was inspired by “particular issues which wound” Latta up: everything from inequality to the dangers of sugar. Says Latta: “I wanted to fight through all the numbers and the bollocks and everything else.” The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta followed in 2015, in a similar vein. Latta argued “it had been a long time” since there had been serious documentaries covering serious topics.

There were further shows in 2015, on popular science (Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up) Antarctica (two-parter On Thin Ice), which provided him with the unforgettable moment of “standing outside at midnight watching whales swim past your front door”.

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