BBC One celebrates the changing seasons in The Great British Year

Date: 12.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.14
Category: BBC One; Factual
This autumn, BBC One will air a new 4x60-minute nature series called The Great British Year. Produced by James Brickell of the BBC's award-winning Natural History Unit, the series offers a definitive portrait of the spectacular nature of Britain over the course of one year.

Each episode will depict the changes of the land from each season to the next in incredible detail. It will investigate why Britain’s climate is unique on our planet and why our relationship with wildlife is so enduring and special.

Throughout the series, a range of technological approaches to filming will visualise seasonal change in spectacular ways, from the frost as it shrouds the country, and the winter mist as it swirls in the hollows, to the moment the leaves emerge and woodlands and carpets of bluebells, are visited by the bumblebees.

Time-lapse photography sequences will reveal a new and intriguing visual perspective on how the people of Britain are entwined with the natural fabric and seasonal rhythms. Animated chlorophyll maps will show how seasonal change sweeps across the country, pin-pointing the exact place where the first green shoots start to grow in spring and the last leaf falls in autumn, whilst super slow-motion footage will cast fresh light on the activity of wildlife.

Producer James Brickell says: "This is a wildlife series filmed in an new way… with help from an army of time-lapse specialists dotted around the country, who were able capture spectacular footage as our country transformed from day to day and season to season. Using social media to keep in touch with the wildlife-loving British public meant we could be on hand to capture key wildlife moments in the year, and film in a way that just would not have been possible a few years ago."

The Great British Year is produced by James Brickell and executive produced by Mike Gunton, Controller of Factual Production, both for the BBC.