Tim the Yowie Man launches online video series

Like many Australians of a certain generation Tim the Yowie man grew up on a steady diet of televisions show such as The Leyland Brothers, The Bush Tucker Man and Harry Butler's In The Wild.

They were shows which bought the far corners of our nation into the loungerooms of many people, showcasing deserts, beaches and mountains, as well as the colourful characters that inhabit them, both human and non-human.

"There are whole generations who have missed out on shows like this," Tim said.

And he's hoping that his new online series, which debuts on October 28, will go part way to rectifying that situation.

While he's been writing his popular Canberra Times column since 2010,  and contributing occasionally for a few years before that, Tim decided it was time to turn his hand to video.

He's partnered up with Austography, a Canberra-based film production unit, to shoot three initial episodes, and a couple of mini-episodes, all with the quirky Yowie touch.

"We've been working 10 months on this project," he says, "and most of that has been in post-production.

"Working with Austography has been great. It was just what we wanted to do, produce a local series telling local stories made by local people."

The first episode, The Haunted Tales of Burnima, will air on October 28, just in time for Halloween, and Tim advises viewers to not watch it at night.

"Burnima has the reputation of being one of Australia's most haunted houses," he says of the house near Bombala.

"A guy called Steve Rickett lives there, alone with 32 rooms and three ghosts and we went and spent the night with him."

Tim first wrote about Burnima in 2015 and he's been interested in it ever since, just one of the many weird phenomena he's made a career out of investigating.

Tim grew up around Camden and Bowral, moving to Canberra to study economics and law at the Australian National University.

In his final year of university in 1994 he was walking in the Brindabellas when he saw "a large hairy ape like creature" and when he told some people they said it must have been a yowie.

"I didn't even know what a yowie was at that stage," he says.

So he researched yowies and other bigfoot-like sightings around the world.

"And I soon realised it was more fun exploring the world and writing about it than it would be being a lawyer or an economist."

Since then he's been hosting heritage tours around Canberra for different cultural institutions, and has recently been running personalised tours under his own brand.

"All with a focus on bringing history to light through storytelling," he says.

"I find the ways history is presented is old-school boring and I'm always seeking new, exciting and engaging ways for us to discover our history. The column, the night tours, the book, and now the series – it's all part of that quest."

As well as the opening episode on Burnima there are episodes about Lake George and The Great Aussie Pie Challenge.

"People have been long fascinated by the mysteries of Lake George and I just wanted to explain what those mysteries are and the scientific explanations of the myths and legends surrounding the lake," he says. This episode airs on November 15

The pie challenge is a "travelogue with a difference", a search for the best pies from Canberra to the coast, which will air on December 1, just in time for our annual pilgrimage to the seaside.

There'll also be a couple of mini-episodes which are all secret at the moment, but in true Yowie fashion he promises a big surprise.

You can view the episodes on Facebook at @tymtheseries, on Youtube search for Tim the Yowie Man - The Series, or on his website at yowieman.com.au

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