Seasons (4 x 60′) – This is the definitive portrait of the spectacular and dynamic nature of our country over the course of one year. Revealing why Britain’s climate is unique on our planet and why our relationship with its wildlife is so enduring and special. Time-lapse photography will set the scene for a constantly changing landscape, minute-by-minute, day-by-day, month-by-month; from a waterfall freezing solid to an entire hillside of heather bursting with colour. Such techniques will also show a new and intriguing visual perspective on how the people of Britain are entwined with the natural fabric of the country and its seasonal rhythms; from rows of pumpkins growing for Halloween, to the religious mowing of 20 million garden lawns.
Throughout the series, iconic landmarks and locations will be used to symbolize different parts of the country; churches, cricket pitches, bridges and follies will also act as enduring connections between mankind and our ever-changing country. Seasonal change will be visualized in ways that haven’t been seen before – animated ‘chlorophyll maps’ will show how seasonal change sweeps across the country, enabling us to pin-point the exact place where the first green shoots start to grow in spring and where the last leaf falls in autumn. We apply some of the most visually stunning filming techniques to charismatic and iconic British animals. From super slow motion shots of an otter breaking through the surface of the water with a fish in its mouth to a bird’s-eye view of giant sharks feeding just off the coast of Devon.
Channel: BBC1 / Open University
Producer: BBC Natural History Unit
Source: BBC press release