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Simon King, wildlife cameraman and Springwatch presenter, sets off on an adventure to live on the Shetland Isles with his family through the changing seasons. Simon has travelled the world for 30 years but his boyhood dream was to visit Shetland. Now he has the chance to film some of the remarkable wildlife and experience the beauty and the wild weather of Britain's most northerly isles.

Simon captures footage of killer whales coming in to kill a seal, an arctic tern colony attacked by a bonxie, and a shy otter family. Simon, his wife Marguerite and two-year-old Savannah settle into a remote cottage but the winter weather and winds of over 100mph make life tough for them.

To celebrate winter, Simon joins the local Shetlanders in their Viking Up-Helly-Aa festivals but there's a surprise for him: he is asked to come in drag, dressed as fellow Springwatch presenter Kate Humble. This doesn't stop him enjoying himself or helping to set light to a Viking boat in a genuine Shetland experience.

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Tue 18 Jan 2011 19:00
BBC Two Northern Ireland

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Role Contributor
PresenterSimon King
PresenterMarguerite Smits van Oyen
Executive ProducerDebbie Christie
ProducerAmanda Reilly

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