Living Britain

Living Britain is a six-part nature documentary series, made by the BBC Natural History Unit, transmitted from October to December 1999. It was narrated by Samuel West and produced by Peter Crawford. It examines British wildlife over the course of one year. Each of the programmes takes place in a different time of year.

Living Britain
GenreNature documentary
Narrated bySamuel West
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Producer(s)Peter Crawford

Assistant producers Victoria Simpson,

Sean Christian
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release31 October (1999-10-31) 
5 December 1999 (1999-12-05)


1. "Deepest Winter" (31 October 1999)

Looks at Britain in the grip of winter featuring otters, eagles, waders, swans, squirrels, foxes, toads and deer.

2. "Spring" (7 November 1999)

Follows the arrival of spring as it moves north featuring swallow, newt, eel, polecat, red kite and wildflowers.

3. "Early Summer" (14 November 1999)

Follows the changing seasons with the arrival of early summer featuring may-flies, moles, gannets and phalaropes.

4. "High Summer" (21 November 1999)

Midsummer is a busy time for insects, grouse & merlins rear their young & basking sharks visit our shores.

5. "Autumn" (28 November 1999)

Autumn is a dramatic time of change - birds migrate, red deer rut, leaves change colour & fungi abound.

6. "Winter Reflections" (5 December 1999)

Looks at the influence of people on Britain's wildlife in the past & looks ahead to the new millennium.

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