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my gorillaS ENCOUNTER WAS mind-blowing

I'M just back from Rwanda where I made a documentary for RTE which will air on Radio 1 on Easter Monday (April 21).

It was amazing, but it took me 26 hours to get home, so it was a tiring journey.

After making the documentary, I spent a few days in the jungle on a trek for gorillas, which was a once in a lifetime experience.

It was something I've always wanted to do, and I had a few days before I had to be back for The Voice.

We were right up on the Congolese border, so you're five or six hours in the jungle and it's literally hands-and-knees stuff as the trackers cut their way through the trees with a big machetes.

All of a sudden you hear this big grunt and this six-foot, 400-pound silverback gorilla comes out through the trees and is just looking at you.

You're two metres from this family of 17 gorillas, so it's petrifying, but it just blows your mind at the same time.

I went on the trek with five strangers, but I love getting to travel on my own and to just disappear for a few days.

SCRIPTING

The documentary is a lunchtime slot, so I'm looking forward to hearing how it sounds.

It will take a lot of scripting and voice-overs before it's good to go, so I'll be working very closely with the producer on that.


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