This Autumn sees a brand new series coming to our screens with Ray Mears exploring the wildlife of Britain. The following is ITV’s official press release:
In a brand new series for ITV1, Ray Mears takes viewers on an incredible, eye-opening journey in high definition, shot at beautiful locations around Britain.
Wild Britain With Ray Mears sees the wildlife expert uncover some of our finest habitats and rejoice in our fascinating wildlife, showing viewers how we can all find our own relationship with the wild, even in places close to our homes.
The series is a co-production between ITV Studios and leading multi-channel broadcaster UKTV. 6 x 30-minute episodes will first be shown on ITV1 beginning early-October 2010, followed in 2011 by extended 60-minute episodes with exclusive additional content, which will be broadcast on UKTV’s natural history channel Eden.
Each episode of the series is themed around a different habitat: Deciduous Woodland, Heathland, Meadows and Farmland, Wetlands, Shingle Shore and Moorland.
Immersing himself in nature, Ray reveals vital links between the plant, animal and insect worlds, as well as the role of man in the evolution of our ever-changing landscape. Overall, Ray looks at how the wild animals and plants of our countryside reflect five millennia of human history.
Ray’s passion and knowledge invite viewers to discover a hidden world which lies just beyond their doorstep as he explores each location and delves into the heart of each natural habitat. And, using his expert field craft and tracking skills, Ray seeks out the species which best define each location as the cameras capture incredible wildlife behaviour.
Adrian Wills, the Channel Head for Eden, had the following to say:
Wild Britain will be a first for Eden; the series, which is a co-production with ITV, will deliver us an hour-long version of classic Ray Mears. It will give Eden viewers a chance to witness additional and exclusive sequences from Ray, as he gives us his unique insight into the world of Britain’s most beautiful habitats and its wildlife. Wild Britain came to us as a perfect fit for Eden. Ray makes fantastically engaging and entertaining television that totally connects with our viewers. This is a pure celebration of Britain’s habitats, their wildlife and their heritage, all delivered with Ray’s unbridled passion and flawless natural history photography.