WILD PLACES OF ESSEX
AGB Films for BBC NHU/Discovery Channel/BBC Worldwide
Multi award-winning writer and former Head Judge of the Man Booker Prize, Robert Macfarlane explores the unexpected nature of one of Britain’s most maligned counties, revealing that there’s considerably more to Essex than bad press stereotypes of white stilettos and boy racers. On his journey he finds encouraging evidence that wildness and great beauty still linger, making him conclude that it’s dangerous and premature to write obituaries for the wild in Essex.
Based on his best-selling book, The Wild Places, Robert argues that the wild is of vital importance to our lives:
I’ve come to Essex, this most typical of English counties, to see what remains, what wildness is left. Robert spends a year uncovering an alternative view of Essex, exploring what he calls the undiscovered country of the nearby.
You couldn't keep your eyes off this flawless, poetic film. Fabulous.
PHIL HOGAN, THE OBSERVER REVIEW OF THE YEAR
Astonishing as well as endearing images abounded..... rare is a natural history programme that is as lavish with it’s language as its pictures, but Macfarlane is a writer as well as an English don, and it shows.
LUCY MANGAN, THE GUARDIAN
It was a dreamy, poetic sort of affair, sustained by Macfarlanes’s intelligent, thoughtful narrative and some exquisitely beautiful, haunting photography.
SARAH VINE, THE TIMES
This wasn't just a documentary about the English countryside. This was a love letter. Can we have a six-part series?
CHRISTOPHER HART, DAILY MAIL
Written and Narrated: Robert Macfarlane
Executive Produced and Directed: Andrew Graham-Brown
Photography: Robin Cox
Film Editor: Nigel Buck
Executive Producers for BBB: Tim Martin and Steve Greenwood