The Bear Family & Me

The Bear Family & Me is a three-part nature documentary series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. It follows wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan as he spends a year with a family of wild black bears, under the guidance of biologists Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield of the North American Bear Centre.

The Bear Family & Me
GenreNature documentary
Directed byJonny Young
Presented byGordon Buchanan
Narrated byGordon Buchanan
Composer(s)Barnaby Taylor
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)Tim Martin
Producer(s)Ted Oakes
Production location(s)Minnesota
North America
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Natural History Unit
Original networkBBC Two
Picture formatSD: 576i
HD: 720p
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 January (2011-01-03) 
5 January 2011 (2011-01-05)
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Episode Title Original air date UK viewers (in millions)
1"Spring"3 January 2011 (2011-01-03)2.43
Gordon arrives in the forests of Minnesota in spring just as the bears are coming out of their dens. Before he can start filming he faces a major challenge - to earn the bears' trust. He must overcome his own fear. But once he meets Lily, an easy-going young mother bear and her cub Hope, Gordon is smitten.
2"Summer"4 January 2011 (2011-01-04)2.86
As summer arrives, Gordon returns to Minnesota and discovers that the tiny bear cub ‘Hope’ has been abandoned by her mother. He tracks down the starving cub, but her life hangs in the balance and Gordon steps in to try keep Hope alive. As he follows every twist and turn of the bears’ lives we witness a wild bear family from the inside, closer than we’ve ever seen before.
3"Autumn"5 January 2011 (2011-01-05)2.87
Gordon returns in early Autumn to discover that the life of abandoned bear cub, Hope, has taken an unexpected turn. The bear family are in danger as hunters move into the forest. Gordon’s role changes from cameraman to body guard as he walks with the bears to try to keep them safe. Will Lily and Hope survive hunting season to den safely for the winter?


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