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Enjoy the show - the new season of BBC natural history programmes

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Matt Walker Matt Walker | 15:05 UK time, Friday, 8 July 2011

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Wonder Monkey likes to celebrate all things nature, and that includes celebrating some ground-breaking natural history film making.

Last month I passed on news of a novel short film called Loom, which used computer generated graphics to depict a spider catching and eating a moth, offering a new perspective on the hunt in the process.

The makers of Loom based their depiction in part on real natural history films shot by the BBC’s own Natural History Unit in Bristol, to which BBC Nature online and Wonder Monkey is affiliated.

Now the NHU is showing what it too is capable of producing.

Please sit back and enjoy a taster of the upcoming season of natural programmes that will be shown by the BBC.

It includes a first look at Frozen Planet, an epic landmark series that portrays the coldest reaches on Earth, recording a snapshot of the polar regions that may end up being lost forever.

And Africa, which will tell the story of the continent’s wildlife like never before.

Other programmes are more intimate shows that will dive deeper into the natural world.

These programmes are entertaining, inspiring and uplifting.

They will show you aspects of the natural world you will have never seen before, and may never forget.

Enjoy the show.  


  • Comment number 1.

    All very impressive but where is the conservation? Where are the hard-hitting films that will affect real change? A few switched-on people may well become "advocates for the natural world" but most will just feel satisfied that the natural world is beautiful, fascinating and glorious, not ever learning the real state of it… Come on BBC, isn't it time you took a few risks? Yes, you've been making wonderful natural history films for 60 years but have they really made a big enough difference to improving the state of the planet? Have all, or a large enough proportion, of your viewers become these elusive hoped-for advocates? Is the natural world really in a better state since David Attenborough first started making his enthralling films about wildlife? If you were to return to all the places you've filmed in over the past six decades, would you find the same diversity and abundance of wildlife? The answer is 'no' on all counts. Perhaps it's time to change tact? I certainly think so. Yes, the audience do love and trust the presenters/on-screen talent and this is exactly the reason why they should be telling the truth about what is really happening to our also talented, much-loved but very fragile planet.

  • Comment number 2.

    Could you update us when the "Ocean Giants" three parter will air. I thought it should be this month. Thanks for a reply.


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