The Nature of Britain
TX: 9pm, BBC ONE, Wednesday October 10.
This Autumn, The Open University joins BBC ONE, BBC TWO and BBC FOUR to launch an epic journey across the length and breadth of our country to explore the huge diversity of The Nature Of Britain.
Co-produced by The Open University, The Nature of Britain follows on from The British Isles: A Natural History.
Presented by Alan Titchmarsh, The Nature of Britain concentrates on the ecology of different landscapes and eco-systems throughout the UK and the diverse behaviour of the animals and plants that live in them.
Presenter Alan Titchmarsh
Dr David Robinson, The Open University’s head academic on The Nature of Britain, said: "Science could be seen as something remote or special that ordinary people can’t do without specialist equipment or training, but The Open University is committed to encouraging a "can-do" attitude to science and learning and The Nature of Britain is very much about what you can see and do for yourself.
"Wildlife around the world is often marvellous on TV but our local natural world is fascinating too. Every time I go looking at wildlife, I see something – a plant, an animal, a pattern of behaviour, which I have not seen before. You don’t have to be a zoologist to experience this and the series shows some of the special things right on our doorsteps. The regional films will be great for informing viewers of what they can do locally to experience the natural world themselves and of how they can make a difference.
"It has been an enormous privilege to work with the producers of the series and I have learned a lot, as well as being lavishly entertained.”
The series paints a beautiful contemporary portrait of Britain’s wildlife and provides the definitive guide to The Nature of Britain.
Each programme lasts fifty minutes with an additional 84, ten-minute regional short films, for each BBC television region, which highlights local nature footage and conservation activities.
There is also an eight-part companion programme, The Nature of Britain: A User’s Guide, hosted by Chris Packham which broadcasts on BBC FOUR immediately after the main programme on BBC ONE.
As well as featuring the best of the regional films, A User’s Guide will showcase rarely seen British wildlife and will be a practical guide to the stunning nature on viewers’ doorsteps and how they can help to keep Britain green and beautiful.
The Open University has produced a free calendar to accompany the series which viewers can obtain by calling 0870 942 1343 or by visiting the Open2.net website.
On Open2.net, as well as having comprehensive and exclusive material about the network series and regional programmes, there will also be a link to the Breathing Places campaign, which aims to create 1000 new spaces for nature and to improve thousands more. Open2.net will show how an existing space can be improved for its wild inhabitants featuring the process, permissions, scientific background and progress over two years through pictures, video, sound recordings, blogs, interviews and interactive maps.
The Series Producer for the BBC is Stephen Moss. The Executive Producer for The Open University is Mark Jacobs. The Head Academic for The Open University is Dr David Robinson.
The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for over 30 years providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.
All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.
For Preview DVDs, Images, Interview Requests contact Guy Bailey or Helen Burt