20 September 2012
By GEOFF SHEARER
EXPECT a very strong sense of deja vu as the Irwin family returns to prime time TV next month.
With his bobbed blond hair and the same unquenchable thirst for knowledge about wildlife that his late dad Steve embodied, Robert Irwin will be front and centre in the new series, which includes archival footage of the Crocodile Hunter.
Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors will be the Irwins’ first prime time series as a family since Steve’s death in 2006, and Terri Irwin says Robert eerily evokes memories of her husband.
The series debuts October 6 at 7.30pm on Network Ten. It aims to show how Terri and children Bindi, 14 and Robert, 8, and staff at Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital and Rescue Unit at Beerwah are continuing the Crocodile Hunter’s work.
It includes rarely seen footage of Steve.
"Steve filmed about 300 documentaries, but only about 30 made it to freeto-air television in Australia," Terri said.
"So we have the capacity to bring forward footage of Steve and incorporate it into continuing his legacy."
Since her father’s death, Bindi has been the most prominent of the Irwins on TV.
The 14-year-old also had an acting role in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove and is filming Nim’s Island 2, due for release next year.