Town to feature in BBC doco

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

The Pilbara is about to make its way into the lounge rooms of UK, with the BBC filming parts of Port Hedland for an upcoming documentary.

Hosted by Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain, Stargazing Live is a British live television program on astronomy and the night sky which first aired in 2011.

This year, within the context of the show, the BBC team have decided to produce a film about GPS and how vital the technology is to different industries.

Assistant producer for BBC Kiki Lawrance said Port Hedland’s port was the team’s incentive to come to the Pilbara.

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“This is one of the biggest industries and being one of the biggest bulk export ports, we thought we would come here,” she said. “The Pilbara Port Authority has let us document how vital GPS is to their runnings.”

Lawrance, with director Lorraine Evans and presenter Liz Bonnin, will be travelling all the way from London. “I think it’s a beautiful, dramatic landscape,” Lawrance said.

“The heat is a bit punishing for us Poms as it’s two degrees back home so it’s a big change, but it’s absolutely beautiful and we’ve been lucky enough to see some amazing things.”

The documentary will be aired in Britain in the last week of March.

Australian audiences will be able to see it in the first week of April.

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