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Reindeer Family and Me

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the frozen north, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to meet the ancient Sami people and the animals they hold so close - reindeer.

It's Christmas, and wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travels to the frozen north, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to meet the ancient Sami people and the animals they hold so close - reindeer. Known as the reindeer people, the Sami were traditionally nomadic, relying on their precious animals to help them survive the Arctic's harsh winters.

Gordon lives with a Sami family in Finnish Lapland to experience their unique culture and to learn about their special bond with reindeer. He works to earn the trust of his own reindeer companion, before leaving his adopted family behind and setting off alone into this land of ice and snow. With only his reindeer to guide him, but armed with the knowledge of his hosts, Gordon wants to immerse himself in this frozen wilderness and attempt to witness the natural phenomenon the Sami most revere - the magical Northern Lights.

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59 minutes

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Last on

Christmas Day 2020 09:00

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

  • 00:48

    Jules Verne

    Durst

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Gordon Buchanan
Producer Anwar Mamon
Director Anwar Mamon
Executive Producer Roger Webb

Broadcasts

  • Boxing Day 2017 20:00
  • New Year's Day 2018 19:00
  • Wed 3 Jan 2018 02:05
  • Christmas Eve 2018 15:50
  • Sat 14 Dec 2019 19:10
  • Christmas Day 2020 09:00

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