A four-part series exploring the changing character of British birdsong over the course of a year as a backdrop to the life of field naturalist and Britain's longest-serving foreign secretary, Edward Grey.
Narrated by Anthony Hyde.
Readers: Julian Glover and Maureen O'Brien.
The song of the mistle thrush and the curlew anticipate spring and the young Grey enters politics.
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Grey spends his happiest years with his wife Dorothy on the River Itchen, escaping the rigours of political life.
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The shadows of the Great War are gathering.
In 1910 Grey walks through the New Forest with Theodore Roosevelt and finds a kindred spirit.
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Grey retires to the Lords and is beset by further tragedy - two homes are destroyed by fire, his second wife dies and he loses his eyesight.