OU/BBC
05 Oct 2007

The Open University explores The Nature of Britain

The Nature of Britain

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.
During his journey, Alan shares his enthusiasm for the British wildlife he loves, encouraging viewers to step outside and explore the wealth of natural history on their doorstep.

Presenter Alan Titchmarsh

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.”
With so much stunning footage of Britain’s scenery and wildlife, picking individual highlights is difficult: a honey buzzard extracting honey from a nest of bees, hares boxing in a meadow, minke whales feeding and the aerial views of Britain’s wilderness are just some of the scenes that will have viewers glued to their televisions and monitors. The programmes are packed with animals that many viewers will never have seen on TV in so much detail."

The eight programmes in the series feature eight key landscapes – Island Britain; Farmland Britain; Urban Britain; Freshwater Britain; Coastal Britain; Woodland Britain; Wilderness Britain and Secret Britain.

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.

Editor’s Notes

The Nature of Britain is a co-production between The Open University and the BBC. Check press for broadcast details.

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


Resources

Related courses:-

Short Courses
- Life in the Oceans (S180)
- Studying Mammals (S182)
Level One Courses (Suitable as entry level for study)
- Introducing Environment (Y161)
- Exploring Science (S104)
- Practising Science – a residential course (SXR103)
- Science starts here – a short course (S154)
- Fossils and the history of life (S193)
- Working with our environment: Technology for a sustainable future (T172)
- Digital Photography: Creating and sharing better images (T189)
Level Two Courses
- Biology: Uniformity and Diversity (S204)
- Environmental Science (S216)
- Environmental Science in the Field – a residential course (SXR216)
- Geology (S260)
- The Geological History of the British Isles – a residential course (SXR260)

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