Two dates added to the RGS Tour!

  • Tuesday 21st November King's Lynn, as part of the King's Lynn Festival (tickets available through the Corn Exchange)
  • Thursday 30th November Southampton, Turner Simms Theatre


Coming to Swindon soon!

Tues 2nd May, as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature, Wyvern Theatre Photo of Benedict Allen

BENEDICT ALLEN – with an illustrated talk on Birds of Paradise: the Ultimate Quest, my recent BBC Two programme with Security Correspondent Frank Gardner

One man had a dream, to see Birds of Paradise in a remote cloud forest in Papua New Guinea. But before he had the opportunity to do so, he was shot by terrorists, and lost the use of his legs. By chance, he met another man, who not only had full use of his legs but also knew where the fabulous fabled birds were, because he'd been there, thirty years before. But getting to the birds, over inhospitable terrain and through wooded and mountainous tribal territories with a man in a wheelchair, was not going to be easy.


Tour of the UK!

Following the success of the two-part series BIRDS OF PARADISE: The Ultimate Quest (presently on BBC iPlayer) – I'm doing a series of lectures, as part of the RGS Regional Programme for 2017: Benedict Allen with a tribal friend

Adventures in Paradise:

With his usual good humour and enthusiasm, Benedict reveals the full story of his dramatic return to Papua New Guinea (recently featured in an inspiring BBC Two series) – through the swamps with wheelchair-bound Frank Gardner, the distinguished Security Correspondent, in search of the island's elusive birds of Paradise.


  • Sun 11th June, 2pm  DARLINGTON Civic
  • Mon 12th June, 7:30pm  EXETER Phoenix
  • Wed 14th June, 7:30pm  STAMFORD Arts Centre
  • Mon 19th June  Theatr Brycheiniog BRECON
  • Sun 3rd Sept  Theatre by the Lake, KESWICK

Please contact the above theatres for further details.


Special Stage Appearance with Frank Gardner

Benedict Allen and Frank Gardner in PNG Special Stage Appearance with Frank Gardner: at the RGS on 1st October as part of the STEPPES TRAVEL FESTIVAL weekend.


Upcoming TV Series: Fresh off the press!!!!

Poster for Bird of Paradise the Ultimate Quest (TV series) Announcing the broadcast of the new telly series on BBC Two, 9pm on Friday 3rd and Friday 10th Feb:

Birds of Paradise:
the Ultimate Quest

Being the adventures and Frank Gardner and myself, as we together struggled through swamp, lake and forest to seek out Birds of Paradise in PNG. It wasn't easy! Hope you enjoy the two programmes...

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