Monty Halls is a writer, explorer, television presenter and public speaker. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, he left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions. Having achieved a First Class Honors degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multi-national teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth. Notable expeditions included an anti poaching project in the high montane grasslands of the Nyika Plateau in northernMalawi, the discovery of a sunken city off the coast of Tamil Nadu inIndia, and a (successful) attempt to find and photograph a rare crocodile species in the mountain pools of the Raspaculo Basinin Central America. In 2002 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for his services to exploration.
His television career began when he won Channel 4’s Superhuman competition in 2004. Since then he has presented a number of series and documentaries including Journey to the Centre of the Earth for Channel 4, The Perfect Weapon for National Geographic, Unchartered Territories for ITV and Great Ocean Adventures for Five. His most recent project is his Great Escape series for BBC2. In the first series Monty Halls’ Great Escape, he lived in a tiny bothy on a beach on the west coast of Scotland for six months, following in the footsteps of his hero Gavin Maxwell. Could he make the bothy habitable and generate as much of his own food as possible as well as integrate himself into the local community? In Monty Halls’ Great Hebridean Escape, the 2nd series of this hugely successful show Monty embarked on an even greater challenge, living and working in the Outer Hebrides as a volunteer wildlife ranger with trusty companion, Reuben, by his side every step of the way. Possibly a glutton for punishment possibly just hugely passionate about the great outdoors, Monty is currently filming the 3rd series inIreland.