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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.

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44 minutes

Music Played

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

  • 00:17

    Jon Hopkins

    Searchlight

  • 00:23

    Jon Hopkins

    The Wider Sun

  • 00:30

    The Ink Spots

    If I Didn't Care

  • 00:34

    Jon Hopkins

    Vessel

    Remix Artist: Four Tet.
  • 00:37

    The Adam & Eve Project

    Gulls N' Buoys

  • 00:37

    Max Richter

    Written on the Sky

  • 00:40

    Max Richter

    Shadow Journal

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
  • Fri 27 Mar 2020 09:00
  • Mon 12 Apr 2021 16:00