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Butterflies: A Very British Obsession

Episode 8 of 14

Documentary featuring the fascinating lives of Britain's beautiful butterflies filmed in exquisite detail, and also a celebration of their enduring appeal to the British people.

Wildlife documentary featuring the fascinating lives of Britain's beautiful butterflies filmed in exquisite detail, and also a celebration of their enduring appeal to the British people. Butterfly-costumed carnival-goers dance at Notting Hill, street artist Nick Walker uses their image to brighten bare city walls, burlesque dancer Vicky Butterfly recreates butterfly dances, and women reveal their butterfly tattoos at Britain's biggest tattoo convention.

Britain's butterflies have never been so threatened, three-quarters are in decline - but do they still have a message for us? A search for butterflies leads to some of the most beautiful parts of Britain. It opens up the intriguing possibility that a passion for butterflies could help us preserve the landscapes that we love.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • John Metcalfe

    Otama

  • James Radford

    Guardian Angel

  • Max Richter

    November

  • Noël Coward

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen

  • Booker T. & The MG’s

    Soul Limbo

  • Max Richter

    Autumn Music

  • Fragile State

    The Barney Fade (Future Loop Foundation Remix)

  • Dhafer Youssef

    Miel et Cendres

  • DuOuD

    Sable émouvant

  • Jon Hopkins

    The Wider Sun

  • Spiro

    The Darkling Plains

  • Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

    Blackbird

  • John Metcalfe

    Music for Trains

  • 00:30

    Jon Hopkins

    The Wider Sun

  • 00:37

    The Ink Spots

    If I Didn't Care

  • John Metcalfe

    Copper Beach

  • 00:43

    Jon Hopkins

    Vessel

    Remix Artist: Four Tet.
  • Jon Hopkins

    Autumn Hill

  • 00:47

    The Adam & Eve Project

    Gulls N' Buoys

  • 00:48

    Brian Eno

    An Ending (Ascent)

  • 00:50

    Max Richter

    Written on the Sky

  • Djuma Soundsystem

    Led Djinns (Trentemøller Remix)

    Remix Artist: Trentemøller.
  • Hybrid

    Every Word

  • Andy Williams

    Butterfly

  • 00:56

    Max Richter

    Shadow Journal

  • David Holmes

    Theme/I.M.C

  • Jon Hopkins

    Vessel

  • The Ink Spots

    If I didn't care

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Imelda Staunton
Producer Simon Bell
Series Producer Steve Greenwood
Series Editor Tim Martin

Broadcasts

  • Fri 17 Dec 2010 20:00
  • Sun 19 Dec 2010 17:00
  • Thu 10 Feb 2011 02:10
  • Fri 27 Apr 2012 21:00
  • Sat 1 Sep 2012 16:00
  • Sun 2 Sep 2012 20:00
  • Sun 21 Dec 2014 06:35
  • Wed 21 Oct 2015 16:30
  • Thu 9 Jun 2016 23:45
  • Thu 16 Jun 2016 00:30
  • Mon 2 Jan 2017 06:50
  • Thu 30 Mar 2017 23:00
  • Wed 8 Nov 2017 00:15
  • Tue 21 Aug 2018 12:45
  • Sun 17 Feb 2019 15:10
  • Mon 9 Sep 2019 02:25

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