Yeti

Publisher:
BBC

Yeti

4.3/5

Critic Rating

Tales of a bipedal ape-like creature persist in the myth and legend of the Himalayas. But does the yeti really exist? Two enthusiasts are determined to find out. Andrew Benfield and Richard Horsey travel through India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan in search of stories of yeti sightings and encounters. Over 10 episodes, they hear from villagers, yak herders, sherpas and mountaineers, who give surprisingly consistent descriptions of a mysterious, large, hairy creature. This series takes us on a journey deep into Himalayan culture as the presenters grapple with their own inner demons to try to make sense of the yeti myth.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Gregg Stockdale • The Podcast Geek Sep 10, 2023

"Being a BBC show, the production value is high. The music is evocative, and the binaural field recordings really put you in the far flung places that the guys explore. This series is short and sweet. This is an equally interesting look at how friendships can suffer when one person’s enthusiasm escalates too far."

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Score: 4

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Jul 23, 2023

"The series does its best to balance scientific enquiry with often flimsy anecdotal evidence...Tall tales and investigative cul-de-sacs abound in this series which, at times, veers into the hammy. Benfield and Horsey make a show of having their hopes raised at finding evidence of the yeti’s existence, only to have them dashed roughly 15 minutes later. Most compelling are the later episodes which delve into yeti mythology and its importance to Himalayan communities."

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Score: 4

Patricia Nicol • The Times UK Jul 22, 2023

"As a narrative series, this is arguably overlong and a tad contrived in places. But as an audio travelogue (the Bhutan episodes in particular) it is spectacular. This is partly down to the precise evocations of scenery, sounds and food, but also Peregrine Andrews and Dan King’s transporting soundwork. I can’t imagine anyone who has listened to this not adding Bhutan to a bucket list. …"

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