Sorry, this episode is not currently available


The fading sun brings an energy change to Britain - a time of storms and unpredictable weather. The trees go dormant, but not before a final fling of colour. For animals, the shortening days are a cue to prepare, hibernating and hoarding for the dark times ahead. For some, its still a time to breed - deer rut, seals give birth and the Atlantic salmon leaps waterfalls in order to lay its eggs. Beneath the fallen leaves, slime moulds, earthworms and fungi take advantage of autumn's spoils.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 28 Oct 2015 23:00

Our magic ingredient

Our magic ingredient

"Suddenly a sequence of the Northern Lights which we didn’t dare hope to achieve, became possible"


Role Contributor
NarratorJoseph Fiennes
Series ProducerJames Brickell
Executive ProducerMike Gunton
ProducerElizabeth White

Open University: free poster

Open University

Get a free poster and start your record of seasonal sightings of animals and plants.

Learning Zone

The Great British Year – Learning Zone

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

Depicting seasonal change

Meet the timelapse team

Find out more about the stunning timelapse and timestudy sequences in the series.

Buy online

Buy online

Available on: Video download

From one supplier: iTunes

Where to buy