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The Restless Year  (1996)

The promise of new beginnings

Using the revolutionary time-lapse photography developed for The Private Life of Plants, The Restless Year shows a beautiful portrait of the changing seasons in England’s Cotswolds countryside.

The fifty-five minute film provides a unique insight into the variable nature of the British countryside as toadstools rapidly appear, a vegetable patch springs into life and agricultural land swaps its uses in the blink of an eye.

Stunning cinematography from wildlife cameraman Tim Shepherd charts the rhythms and cycles of nature, detailing the effect the changing seasons have on a wealth of insect, mammal and bird life. Filming from the first daffodils of spring to the winter’s thick frost, The Restless Year is a glowing tribute to Britain’s ‘green and pleasant’ land.

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

Additional Photography: Phil Ball
Director: Tim Shepherd
Dubbing Editor: Lucy Rutherford
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Hicks
Editor: Martin Elsbury
Music: Nigel Beaham-Powell
Music: Bella Russell
Photography: Tim Shepherd
Producer: Neil Nightingale
Production Co-ordinator: Di Williams
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Writer: Richard Mabey
Flourishing vegetable patch
Flourishing vegetable patch
Woodland floor springing to life
Woodland floor springing to life
The promise of new beginnings
The promise of new beginnings