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Nature  (1983)

Taking a weekly look at nature

The first episode of the long-running series Nature, ornithologist, renowned wildlife producer and co-founder of the BBC's Natural History Unit, Tony Soper explores the diverse subjects of Antarctic wildlife and British land management.

Broadcast as a 'magazine' programme, this opening episode examines the antagonism between conservation and agriculture in a friendly format, interviewing the Secretary of State for the Environment, Tom King, and Labour party spokesman on wildlife, Lord Melchett. Offering the general public an insight into environmental issues, the series in Soper's view, "actually mattered" and "changed people's attitudes towards wildlife".

Including impressive footage of Hooker's sea lions in the wild, the programme features an item on their mating season following one colony as fights break out, pups suckle and cows run the gauntlet of aggressive bulls between beach and water.

Intriguing and comprehensive, this first episode laid the foundations for Nature's success and with over four hundred episodes it has now become a recognised and highly respected natural history series, influencing a whole generation on conservation matters.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
80 Wood Lane
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2

Film credits

Producer: Robin Hellier
Presenter: Tony Soper
Film Cameraman: Martin Saunders
Editor: John Sparks
Assistant Producer: Brian Leith
Production Assistant: Liz Whitmore
Studio Director: Martyn Suker
Assistant Producer: Keith Hopkins
Film Cameraman: Robert Brown
Assistant Producer: Ron Martin
Studio Lighting: Teddy Williams
Designer: Stephen Brownsey
Presenter: Dodo Humphries
Presenter: Jeremy Cherfas
Film Editor: Peter Simkins
Studio Sound: Bob Lasseter
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit

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