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Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

Starting on New Year's Day, Britain is in the grip of winter. Time-lapses show a magical country shrouded in frost and mist swirling in hollows. Water becomes the enemy as it freezes, and the wildlife must cope. Red squirrels resort to subterfuge, and kites track a farmer ploughing to get at the worms beneath the frost. As winter fades, adders bask in the sun and the woodland floor erupts with snowdrops. On a lake in Wiltshire, new hope is captured in the evocative dance of the great crested grebe.

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Joseph Fiennes
Series Producer
James Brickell
Executive Producer
Mike Gunton


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The Great British Year made specially for 4-6 year olds.

Depicting seasonal change

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