Posted on 10 January, 2012
The 4 × 60’ series, Britain Beneath Our Feet will be presented by Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Mock the Week) and Julia Bradbury (Countryfile, Canal Walks), and will explore Britain’s best-loved and most characterful landscapes, the lives of the people who live in them, and how they have been shaped by the country’s varied geological history.
The programme will focus on different areas of Britain, featuring the South Downs, Yorkshire, Devon & Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands. Each episode will include specially shot images of the present-day scene and then resolve into a photo-real construction of how the landscape was, in the geological past. This will be facilitated by data visualisation technology based on data from a range of geological experts helping with the series.
Commenting on the commission, Fiona Pitcher, Executive Producer at BBC Scotland said:
Hugh Dennis loves the British landscape, so much so that he studied it at Cambridge before comedy beckoned. This is a chance to enjoy great stories behind some of the greatest landscapes the UK has to cover with an exciting twist – the chance to get a flavour of them as they once were.
Andy Davies Coward, Creative Director, 422 South, added:
This is the first commission we have received from BBC Scotland and we are pleased to be working on this exciting project. Whilst everyone is familiar with many of Britain’s best loved landscapes, there is very little evidence to demonstrate how these same landscapes would have looked thousands and even millions of years ago. This series will be the first to demonstrate this technology.
Britain Beneath Our Feet is due to deliver in late January 2012 with TX scheduled for Sunday nights in the New Year.