The Living World
The Living World is a long-running natural history radio programme, made by the BBC and broadcast on its Radio 4. The series was created at the BBC Natural History Unit by Dilys Breese and Derek Jones, initially as a 52-week series, in 1968. 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.
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Home station||BBC Radio 4|
|Produced by||Andrew 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, Paul Evans Brett Westwood. and Joanna Pinnock
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, but these were rejected and a piece of jazz music used instead.
- "The Living World". BBC Online. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Paine, Barry (2007-10-17). "Obituary: Dilys Breese". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- "The Living World". Radio Listings. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- Quirke, Antonia (2012-03-05). "The Living World (BBC Radio 4)". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- BBC's Sound Archive, tape number TRW 6886
- Hand-written note by Derbyshire in BBC archives
- BBC page including downloadable episodes
- Living World archive
- Information on the Delia Derbyshire theme tune
- List of past episodes (long, but not complete)