Yes we know the Alps are not part of the Great British Countryside, but their creation was part of the same process that shaped much of the southern part of Britain. This four-part series for BBC1 explores British landscapes and the people who live in them, as well as how they have been shaped by the country’s varied geological history.
The 4 × 60-minute program is presented by Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Mock The Week) and Julia Bradbury (Countryfile, Canal Walks), looks at 4 different areas of Britain, the South Downs, Yorkshire, Devon & Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands.
In each episode CGI is used to link the prehistoric landscape with its modern appearance. 422 South’s team uses various CGI tools – including Terragen and Maya – to interpret and visualize geological survey data.
“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 flavor of them as they once were,” said Fiona Pitcher, executive producer at BBC Scotland.
Andy Davies Coward, creative director at 422 South, added: “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 like over thousands and even millions of years ago. This series will be the first to demonstrate this technology.”