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Natural Histories

Brett Westwood explores our relationship with nature and its impact on human culture and society, complimented by comedy sketches and the Natural History Heroes series. UK Only.

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Natural History Heroes: Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

Andrew Parker explains why Antoni van Leeuwenhoek is his Natural History Hero.

13mins

9 Oct 2015

Rank #1

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COMEDY: The World According to Oak

Look out! There's a strict oak tree headmistress channelling Joyce Grenfell: "Robinson you will NOT be going on to do great things if you can’t leave your peduncle alone!" Natural Histories comedy with Harriet Carmichael.

1min

20 Oct 2015

Rank #2

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COMEDY: The World According to Hornbill

A Hornbill struggles to come to terms with fatherhood: "This sounds horrible, but they're so ugly!" Natural Histories Comedy with David Schneider.

2mins

13 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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Natural History Heroes: George Verral

Erica McAllister explains why George Verrall is her Natural History Hero.

13mins

7 Oct 2015

Rank #4

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COMEDY: The World According to Anemone

Sea anemones can live forever. Unfortunately this one isn't too happy about it, so she's booked an appointment with her doctor: "No, I don’t want to look younger. Older. Please." Natural Histories comedy with Harriet Carmichael.

1min

6 Oct 2015

Rank #5

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Natural History Heroes: Evelyn Cheesman

Beulah Garner explains why entomologist Evelyn Cheesman is her Natural History Hero.

13mins

6 Oct 2015

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Natural History Heroes: Alfred Russel Wallace

George Beccaloni explains why Alfred Russel Wallace his is Natural History Hero.

13mins

8 Oct 2015

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Natural History Heroes: Allan Octavian Hume

Robert Prys Jones explains why Allan Octavian Hume is his Natural History Hero.

13mins

1 Oct 2015

Rank #8

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Natural History Heroes: Franz Nopsca

Paul Barrett explains why Franz Baron Nopsca von Felso-Szilvas is his Natural History hero

13mins

5 Oct 2015

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Natural History Heroes: Alice Eastwood

Botanist Sandy Knapp explains why Alice Eastwood is her Natural History Hero.

13mins

2 Oct 2015

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Natural History Heroes: Dorothea Bate

Palaeontologist Tori Kerridge explains why Dorothea Bate is her Natural History Hero.

13mins

30 Sep 2015

Rank #11

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COMEDY: The World According to Crocodile

"Welcome comrades to this specially convened meeting of the Amalgamated Union of Nile Crocodiles." The crocodiles have all accepted they will be sacrificed for the God Sobek at some point, but are debating whether or not to call a strike over one unexpected issue... Natural Histories comedy with David Schneider.

2mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #12

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Natural History Heroes: Edward Tyson

Richard Sabin explains why comparative anatomist Edward Tyson is his Natural History Hero

13mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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Natural History Heroes: Sir Hans Sloane

Mark Spencer explains why Sir Hans Sloane is his Natural History Hero.

13mins

28 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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COMEDY: The World According to Parrot

"I love the way humans think all we do is copy them. So sweet." Never trust a South American parrot with jealousy issues... Natural Histories comedy with Harriet Carmichael.

1min

22 Sep 2015

Rank #15