The Living World

The Living World is a long-running natural history radio programme, made by the BBC and broadcast on its Radio 4.[1] The series was created at the BBC Natural History Unit by Dilys Breese and Derek Jones, initially as a 52-week series, in 1968.[2] It chiefly covers topics related to the flora and fauna of the British Isles, with occasional forays further afield, such as a 1997 episode on the wildlife of the Rock of Gibraltar.[3]

The Living World
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted by
  • Trai Anfield
  • Chris Sperring
Produced byAndrew Dawes

For many years until 2009 the lead presenter was Lionel Kelleway. Current presenters are Trai Anfield and Chris Sperring. Other presenters include Miranda Krestovnikoff,[4] Paul Evans[1] Brett Westwood.[1] and Joanna Pinnock [1]

As of August 2010 the producer is Andrew Dawes.

In July 1968, two possible theme tunes for the programme were composed and recorded by Delia Derbyshire,[5] but these were rejected and a piece of jazz music used instead.[6]


  1. "The Living World". BBC Online. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  2. Paine, Barry (2007-10-17). "Obituary: Dilys Breese". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  3. "The Living World". Radio Listings. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  4. Quirke, Antonia (2012-03-05). "The Living World (BBC Radio 4)". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. BBC's Sound Archive, tape number TRW 6886
  6. Hand-written note by Derbyshire in BBC archives

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