Four seasons of our British weather

One of the favourite topics of conversation for people here is the state of the weather.

The ever changing climate in Britain is one of the themes of this excellent natural history series as all four seasons are depicted with wonderful pictures, music and narration.

Last week’s season was winter and on Wednesday at nine o’clock (repeated on Sunday at ten to five) on BBC1, the series will be looking at Spring. If this new episode is anything like as good as last week’s, it will be well worth watching.

More camera operators than usual worked on this series - filming scenes all over Britain showing what happens in the natural world at a particular time of the year.

The crew used the latest thermal imaging cameras to discover how some animals behave at night time.

There is also frequent use of time lapse photography which speeds up the passing of time with spectacular results. While lots of interesting information is imparted about the natural world by narrator Joseph Fiennes, it is quite possible to just view the programme as a moving picture book. Each programme looks at a variety of plants and animals and at different times during each of the four seasons.

One creature which will be featured in this episode is the seahorse – one of my favourite beings. Seahorses are particularly unusual in that it is the male of the species who gives birth to the baby seahorses.

Viewers will get to see this remarkable event courtesy of footage filmed in Dorset’s Sea Life Centre. As with other recent wildlife programmes, there is a ten minute ‘making of’ at the close of the show which makes you appreciate just how much work and dedication goes into making a programme like this.

Ian K