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Join artist and actor David Oakes for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists, as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings.

Join artist and actor David Oakes for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists, as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings.
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United Kingdom

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Join artist and actor David Oakes for a series of informal, relaxed conversations with artists, scientists, creatives and environmentalists, as they celebrate the beauty of the natural world and how it inspires us as human beings.

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English


Episodes

Steve Etches: Plumbing the prehistoric depths of the Kimmeridge Clay

4/22/2019
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Dr Steve Etches MBE is a renowned fossil expert. His collection of over 2,000 pieces from the Kimmeridge Clay include remains of ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs and a whole host of Jurassic marine life. Once housed in his garage, the collection is now on display at the Etches Collection in Dorset. In this in-depth conversation, he describes how he stumbled across the world's first ammonite eggs, shares how his discoveries still give him “that same childhood thrill” that he first...

Duration:00:55:16

Dr Katherine Brent: Morris dancing, bees and badger cull protestors

4/11/2019
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Dr Katherine Brent from Wotton-Under-Edge has danced the Morris since she was 18 years old for sides including Red Stags, Winterbourne Down, Rag Morris and Madcap Morris. She also teaches beekeeping for Rory’s Well, a charity dedicated to regenerating the local economy of an area in Sierra Leone. In this conversation, she describes the history and traditions behind morris dancing and the origin of the colourful rag coat. She explains why she is passionate about the introduction of Inga alley...

Duration:00:30:59

Astrid Goldsmith: Puppets, politics, and The Wind in the Willows with extra Wombles

4/4/2019
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Astrid Goldsmith is an award-winning stop-motion animator. After tuition from Great Uncle Bulgaria and 12 years of hand-making models for other people - including Garth Jennings (for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”), the boy band Blue and the unrelenting Duracell Bunny - she made her debut solo film, “Squirrel Island”. Astrid’s animations question the impact of human policy on the natural world, and her latest commissioned film, “Quarantine”, was nominated for the Debut Director Award...

Duration:00:52:33

David Fettes: Going against the crowd - and the best moment to press the button

3/24/2019
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David Fettes is technically a wildlife photographer but is far better described as a force – and primarily a part – of nature. Growing up in India and in England, surrounded by snakes, langur monkeys and even more baleful creatures, he has stretched the definition of “self-taught”. An initial career in curiosity led to a mandatory career in management and insurance, before he landed, feet-firm, in what proved to be his destined vocation. His work has featured in the Natural History Museum’s...

Duration:00:48:23

Polly Morgan: Form and colour rather than life and death

3/6/2019
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Polly Morgan is a modern artist known for her sculptural taxidermy. Growing up in pastoral Oxfordshire, she’s been surrounded by animals from an early age. After moving to London to read English literature at university, she took a one-day course in avian taxidermy in a bid to decorate her new home. Polly’s interest accelerated from hobby to career when one of her pieces - “Rest a Little on the Lap of Life”, a white rat curled up inside a champagne glass - was sold to Vanessa Branson. Since...

Duration:00:43:56

Mark Frith: a legacy of Britain's ancient oaks

2/20/2019
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Mark Frith is an artist and film-maker. His documentaries include “The War on Love”, “Hotel Splendide”, and BAFTA award-winning documentary “The Lie of the Land”. In 2011, he began a project which was commissioned by the late publisher and poet Felix Dennis to draw 20 large scale, intricate portraits of Britain’s ancient oak trees. His series of graphite drawings, which took the best part of a decade to complete, were gifted to the Royal Botanical Society’s permanent collection at Kew and to...

Duration:00:47:56