Crikey! It's Irwin's final documentary on Jan 21
Come January 21, the fans of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin will get to see the last wildlife documentary he did on Discovery Channel.india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 18:29 IST
Come January 21, the fans of late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin will get to see the last wildlife documentary he did on Discovery Channel.
Ocean’s Deadliest is the same documentary, during the shooting of which Irwin died, as a consequence of the piercing of his heart by a stingray barb.
"The documentary was commissioned, we finished it and it's going to air," E!online quoted John Stainton, Irwin's former manager and friend, as saying.
"It's been a long and arduous saga... an emotionally charged time to do an edit on a documentary that did have a deadline, and we did have to honour that deadline," he added.
He revealed that the documentary would not include any shot of the accident that led to Irwin’s death.
"Anything to do with the day that he died, that film is not available," he said.
A subsequent telecast of Ocean’s Deadliest, following its January 21 date with Discovery Channel, will be on Animal Planet.
Meanwhile, Irwin’s eight-year old daughter, Bindi, is prepping for a media blitz to promote her 26-part Discovery Kids show Bindi, the Jungle Girl, the show that was postponed in the wake of her father's death.
She is all set to kick off her whirlwind publicity rounds this week with a speaking gig at the national Press Club in Washington, D.C.
"She'll be welcomed with open arms, and rightly so. She's a very special child," Discovery senior vice-president Annie Howell said.
Irwin’s Manager Stainton said that Bindi would not be forced into the limelight during her tour to the US.
He said that Bindi would be given the choice to pull out of any media engagements no matter how late the notice.
"My criteria is if Bindi doesn't want to do it that day, if she wants to go to the zoo or the beach, then that's what we're doing," news.com.au quoted him as telling ABC radio.
"That is the priority, it's what she wants to do. If she decides she doesn't want to do the Letterman Show, which tapes at five o'clock in the afternoon, if she's tired or she doesn't want to do it, there's no pressure on her to do anything at all," he added.