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20060525 BT=2330 (BBC7)Winnie and Ample babysit and are outwitted by their silent charge. Ample's son is out of the Detention Centre. But for how long? Episode 2 of 4.
20060526 BT=0430 (BBC7)Winnie and Ample babysit and are outwitted by their silent charge. Ample's son is out of the Detention Centre. But for how long? Episode 2 of 4.
Bundle Of Joy20070726 (BBC7)
20070727 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080409 (BBC7)
20080410 BT=0400 (BBC7)
"Winnie and Ample babysit and are outwitted by their silent charge. Ample's son is out of the Detention Centre, but for how long? Episode 2 of 4.

"

Date With Fate20070802 (BBC7)
20070803 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080416 (BBC7)
20080417 BT=0400 (BBC7)
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20060602 BT=0430 (BBC7)
"A psychic, a dog named Scruffy and promises of fame and happiness. With Doon MacKichan, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton. Episode 3 of 4.

A psychic, a dog called Scruffy, and promises of fame and happiness. With Doon MacKichan, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton. Episode 3 of 4.

A psychic, a dog called Scruffy and promises of fame and happiness. With Doon MacKichan, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton. Episode 3 of 4.

"

Happiest Day Of Your Life20070719 (BBC7)
20070720 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080402 (BBC7)
20080403 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20060518 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060519 BT=0430 (BBC7)
Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan star in this comedy about two florists with attitude. Episode 1 of 4.

Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan star in this brand new comedy about two florists with attitude. Episode 1 of 4.

Insomnia20070913 (BBC7)
20070914 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080514 (BBC7)
20080515 BT=0400 (BBC7)
Winnie is writing a novel about lust and love. Ample cannot sleep. Robert appears to be delivering nothing. Episode 3 of 4.
Plastic Fantastic20060615 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060616 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20070830 (BBC7)
20070831 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080430 (BBC7)
20080501 BT=0400 (BBC7)
"Winnie decides to have plastic surgery, while Ample deals with a customer who keeps eating the flowers. Episode 1 of 4.

"

Rear Window20060608 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060609 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20070809 (BBC7)
20070810 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080423 (BBC7)
20080424 BT=0400 (BBC7)
"Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

"

The Big Day20060707 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20060706 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20070920 (BBC7)
20070921 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080521 (BBC7)
20080522 BT=0400 (BBC7)
"Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense, and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

A mail order Thai groom enables the florists to prepare for a wedding. Comedy starring Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan. Episode 4 of 4.

"

0101Happiest Day Of Your Life20090311 BT=0330 (BBC7)
20060518 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060519 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20070719 (BBC7)
20070720 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080402 (BBC7)
20080403 BT=0400 (BBC7)
Winnie and Ample are two florists with attitude. Starring Doon Mackichan. From August 2002

Winnie and Ample are two florists with attitude. Starring Doon Mackichan. From August 2002

Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan star in this comedy about two florists with attitude. Episode 1 of 4.

Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan star in this brand new comedy about two florists with attitude. Episode 1 of 4.

0101The Deer2011013120111017When newspapers last year reported a killing of a stag in Exmoor, there were fierce reactions of horror.

Even though deer can cause huge damage to forests, people are transfixed by their beauty and majesty.

We have read about them in literature and seen haunting images of Bambi in the cinema.

They represent something majestic, yet vulnerable and are a unique part of the British landscape.

The poet and writer Ruth Padel begins a series of Essays exploring our reactions to 5 British wild animals, by investigating how our reactions to deer have been subconsciously shaped by centuries of folklore, literature and biology.

She charts the history of the deer's links with royalty, traces the evolution of the different species in this country and explores the potency of the image of antlers.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how history and literature have shaped British reactions to the deer.

"When newspapers last year reported a killing of a stag in Exmoor, there were fierce reactions of horror.

Even though deer can cause huge damage to forests, people are transfixed by their beauty and majesty.

We have read about them in literature and seen haunting images of Bambi in the cinema.

They represent something majestic, yet vulnerable and are a unique part of the British landscape.

The poet and writer Ruth Padel begins a series of Essays exploring our reactions to 5 British wild animals, by investigating how our reactions to deer have been subconsciously shaped by centuries of folklore, literature and biology.

She charts the history of the deer's links with royalty, traces the evolution of the different species in this country and explores the potency of the image of antlers.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how history and literature have shaped British reactions to the deer.

"

0102Bundle Of Joy20090318 BT=0330 (BBC7)Florists Winnie and Ample have plenty to arrange in their shop. From August 2002.
0102Bundle Of Joy2011020720070726 (BBC7)
20070727 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080409 (BBC7)
20080410 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20090318 BT=0330 (BBC7)
"Florists Winnie and Ample have plenty to arrange in their shop. From August 2002.

Winnie and Ample babysit and are outwitted by their silent charge. Ample's son is out of the Detention Centre, but for how long? Episode 2 of 4."

0102The Robin2011020120111018"

In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin. She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part. She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's ""Twelfth Night"" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's ""The Secret Garden"". How has this affected the way we perceive it?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin.

She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part.

She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden".

How has this affected the way we perceive it?

Poet Ruth Padel explores our relationship through the centuries with the robin.

"

0102The Robin2011020120111018"In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin.

She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part.

She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden".

How has this affected the way we perceive it?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Poet Ruth Padel explores our relationship through the centuries with the robin.

"

0102The Robin2011020120111018"In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin.

She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part.

She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden".

How has this affected the way we perceive it?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Poet Ruth Padel explores our relationship through the centuries with the robin.

In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin. She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part. She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's ""Twelfth Night"" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's ""The Secret Garden"". How has this affected the way we perceive it?

"

0102The Robin2011020120111018In the second of her series of Essays considering our responses to the creatures which make up the British landscape, the writer and poet Ruth Padel turns her attention to the robin.

She explores why our feelings on seeing their red breasts in winter have grown so strong and finds out that religious symbolism has played a large part.

She charts the history of the bird in Britain and traces the ways it has been represented in literature from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden".

How has this affected the way we perceive it?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Poet Ruth Padel explores our relationship through the centuries with the robin.

0103Date With Fate20090325 BT=0330 (BBC7)"The fiery florists tackle a psychic, a dog - and fame beckons. From September 2002."
0103Date With Fate2011020820060601 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060602 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20070802 (BBC7)
20070803 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080416 (BBC7)
20080417 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20090325 BT=0330 (BBC7)
"The fiery florists tackle a psychic, a dog - and fame beckons. From September 2002.

A psychic, a dog named Scruffy and promises of fame and happiness. With Doon MacKichan, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton. Episode 3 of 4.

A psychic, a dog called Scruffy, and promises of fame and happiness. With Doon MacKichan, Miranda Richardson and Imelda Staunton. Episode 3 of 4."

0103The Badger2011020220111019"

In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger. In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of ""The Wind in the Willows"" and Narnia. Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night. But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle. Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger.

In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of "The Wind in the Willows" and Narnia.

Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night.

But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle.

Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

Ruth Padel on our feelings for badgers - from literary figure of wisdom to TB carrier.

"

0103The Badger2011020220111019"In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger.

In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of "The Wind in the Willows" and Narnia.

Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night.

But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle.

Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on our feelings for badgers - from literary figure of wisdom to TB carrier.

"

0103The Badger2011020220111019"In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger.

In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of "The Wind in the Willows" and Narnia.

Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night.

But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle.

Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on our feelings for badgers - from literary figure of wisdom to TB carrier.

In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger. In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of ""The Wind in the Willows"" and Narnia. Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night. But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle. Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

"

0103The Badger2011020220111019In the third of her Essays which explore our responses to creatures in our landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the badger.

In children's stories the badger is usually a source of wisdom and has connections with morality- think of "The Wind in the Willows" and Narnia.

Badgers have also acquired an extra mystery by emerging at night.

But in reality they provoke mixed reactions, with some people wanting to hunt them for sport and some farmers demanding the right to cull them to stop TB transmission to cattle.

Drawing on history, literature and science, Ruth explores how our attitudes to badgers have been shaped through the centuries.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on our feelings for badgers - from literary figure of wisdom to TB carrier.

0104The Butterfly2011020320111020"From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong. We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength. But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong.

We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength.

But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

Writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to butterflies in the British landscape.

"

0104The Butterfly2011020320111020"From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong.

We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength.

But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to butterflies in the British landscape.

"

0104The Butterfly2011020320111020"From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong.

We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength.

But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to butterflies in the British landscape.

From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong. We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength. But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

"

0104The Butterfly2011020320111020From Meadowbrown to Painted Ladies, the allure of butterflies has traditionally been strong.

We love their colours and exotic names and use them as images of freedom and fragility coupled with inner strength.

But why do we respond to them in this way? In the fourth of her series of Essays looking at creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the butterfly have been shaped and uncovers a host of associations that it has taken on in literature and science.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to butterflies in the British landscape.

0104 LASTRear Window20090401 BT=0330 (BBC7)The fiery florists face competition from some new rivals. From September 2002.
0104 LASTRear Window2011021520060608 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060609 BT=0430 (BBC7)
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20090401 BT=0330 (BBC7)
"The fiery florists face competition from some new rivals. From September 2002.

Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4."

0105 LASTThe Fox2011020420111021"In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox.

Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the fox have been changed and developed."

0105 LASTThe Fox2011020420111021"In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox.

Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the fox have been changed and developed.

In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox. Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

"

0105 LASTThe Fox2011020420111021"In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox. Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox.

Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the fox have been changed and developed."

0105 LASTThe Fox2011020420111021In the last of her series of Essays considering our responses to creatures in the British landscape, the poet and writer Ruth Padel turns her attention to the fox.

Drawing on a range of literary and historical examples, she charts the way in which our attitudes to it have changed and developed through the centuries and she asks what it means to us now.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how our attitudes to the fox have been changed and developed.

0201Plastic Fantastic
0201Plastic Fantastic20060615 BT=2330 (BBC7)
20060616 BT=0430 (BBC7)
20070830 (BBC7)
20070831 BT=0400 (BBC7)
20080430 (BBC7)
20080501 BT=0400 (BBC7)
"Winnie decides to have plastic surgery, while Ample deals with a customer who keeps eating the flowers. Episode 1 of 4."
0201Wild Ponies20120227"They are some of the oldest wild inhabitants of the British Isles, they pulled Bronze Age chariots and feature in literature and paintings through the centuries. In a second series of Essays on five native wild animals, the poet and writer Ruth Padel investigates how our reactions to wild ponies have been subconsciously shaped by centuries of folklore, literature and biology.

From the shaggy Exmoor pony, 'Skipper', on whom she learned to ride, to the Shetland ponies who were often used down the mines, Ruth explores how different breeds have lived and been used in Britain. She describes how they are evoked in poetry by John Betjeman and U.A Fanthorpe and paintings by the 'Ashington' group of pit painters.

The Essay also looks at the questions over the long term survival and stability of wild ponies. How can they survive the problems of surplus stock, dropping sale prices and over-attentive visitors?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how history and literature have shaped our reactions to wild ponies."

0201Wild Ponies20120227They are some of the oldest wild inhabitants of the British Isles, they pulled Bronze Age chariots and feature in literature and paintings through the centuries. In a second series of Essays on five native wild animals, the poet and writer Ruth Padel investigates how our reactions to wild ponies have been subconsciously shaped by centuries of folklore, literature and biology.

From the shaggy Exmoor pony, 'Skipper', on whom she learned to ride, to the Shetland ponies who were often used down the mines, Ruth explores how different breeds have lived and been used in Britain. She describes how they are evoked in poetry by John Betjeman and U.A Fanthorpe and paintings by the 'Ashington' group of pit painters.

The Essay also looks at the questions over the long term survival and stability of wild ponies. How can they survive the problems of surplus stock, dropping sale prices and over-attentive visitors?

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores how history and literature have shaped our reactions to wild ponies.

0202Prisoner2012030520070906 (BBC7)
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Winnie learns she is about to inherit some money and Ample is overexcited about her birthday party. Miranda Richardson stars. Episode 2 of 4.

Winnie learns she is about to inherit some money and Ample is overexcited about her birthday party. Miranda Richardson stars. Episode 2 of 4.

0202The Owl20120228"In our imagination owls are often associated with wisdom and magic, with their singular front-facing eyes and silent brooding presence. They appear in a wide range of literature, from Shakespeare to the Harry Potter books. So why are we fascinated by them and what do they in turn tell us about our landscape?

In the second of her Essay series on native British wild animals, the writer and poet Ruth Padel explores what these birds mean to us. Her images range from the owls in Biblical scenes of destruction to the more comic ones in the novels of Max Beerbohm. And she investigates whether our mysterious reactions to these birds are shaped by the fact that owls belong to the night.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on what owls mean to us and what they can show about the British landscape."

0202The Owl20120228In our imagination owls are often associated with wisdom and magic, with their singular front-facing eyes and silent brooding presence. They appear in a wide range of literature, from Shakespeare to the Harry Potter books. So why are we fascinated by them and what do they in turn tell us about our landscape?

In the second of her Essay series on native British wild animals, the writer and poet Ruth Padel explores what these birds mean to us. Her images range from the owls in Biblical scenes of destruction to the more comic ones in the novels of Max Beerbohm. And she investigates whether our mysterious reactions to these birds are shaped by the fact that owls belong to the night.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on what owls mean to us and what they can show about the British landscape.

0203Insomnia
0203Insomnia2012030620070913 (BBC7)
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20080514 (BBC7)
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Winnie is writing a novel about lust and love. Ample cannot sleep. Robert appears to be delivering nothing. Episode 3 of 4.
0203Wild Salmon20120229"In the 17th century the writer Izaac Walton called salmon "the King of freshwater fish" and they have continued to inspire authors as diverse as Henry Williamson and Ted Hughes. Their vivid life cycle, as they leave freshwater rivers, go to the sea and return home, is one of intense struggle as they swim upstream against the current.

In her third Essay on Britain's wild animals, writer and poet Ruth Padel explores the history of salmon and investigates their significance to the landscape and to our imagination. She compares the lives of wild salmon with those which are farmed and considers the problems for the wild salmon's survival, such as pollution and disease.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores the wild salmon's extraordinary life and its impact on humans."

0203Wild Salmon20120229In the 17th century the writer Izaac Walton called salmon "the King of freshwater fish" and they have continued to inspire authors as diverse as Henry Williamson and Ted Hughes. Their vivid life cycle, as they leave freshwater rivers, go to the sea and return home, is one of intense struggle as they swim upstream against the current.

In her third Essay on Britain's wild animals, writer and poet Ruth Padel explores the history of salmon and investigates their significance to the landscape and to our imagination. She compares the lives of wild salmon with those which are farmed and considers the problems for the wild salmon's survival, such as pollution and disease.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores the wild salmon's extraordinary life and its impact on humans.

0204The Squirrel20120301"Is the squirrel a bushy-tailed friend or a creature of destruction, chewing through electricity cables and stripping bark from trees? Are the grey ones marauding invaders and the displacers of the red squirrels, or do they too own a place in our physical and emotional landscape?

In her fourth Essay on native British wild creatures, the poet and writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to squirrels of both colours and explores how our responses to them have been shaped by biology, history and literature. She traces how the red population evolved, how grey squirrels were introduced and how conservationists are now trying to restore red squirrel numbers. She also evokes the many different ways in which writers through the centuries have responded to them.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores our feelings towards squirrels in biology, history and literature."

0204The Squirrel20120301Is the squirrel a bushy-tailed friend or a creature of destruction, chewing through electricity cables and stripping bark from trees? Are the grey ones marauding invaders and the displacers of the red squirrels, or do they too own a place in our physical and emotional landscape?

In her fourth Essay on native British wild creatures, the poet and writer Ruth Padel considers our attitudes to squirrels of both colours and explores how our responses to them have been shaped by biology, history and literature. She traces how the red population evolved, how grey squirrels were introduced and how conservationists are now trying to restore red squirrel numbers. She also evokes the many different ways in which writers through the centuries have responded to them.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel explores our feelings towards squirrels in biology, history and literature.

0204 LASTThe Big Day
0204 LASTThe Big Day20060707 BT=0430 (BBC7)
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"Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense, and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

Two women sell a few flowers, talk a lot of nonsense and insult their customers in this comedy about florists with attitude. Episode 4 of 4.

A mail order Thai groom enables the florists to prepare for a wedding. Comedy starring Miranda Richardson and Doon Mackichan. Episode 4 of 4."

0205 LASTThe Snake20120302"The image of the snake is full of symbolism with its connotations of venom and forked tongues. It has inspired poets as diverse as Keats and D.H. Lawrence with its ability to move without limbs. In her final Essay on British wild animals, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our responses to the snake have been shaped by biology, literature and history. She remembers her own experience of watching an adder in Cornwall and asks how snakes fit into our physical and emotional landscape.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on our feelings towards the snake through biology, history and literature."

0205 LASTThe Snake20120302The image of the snake is full of symbolism with its connotations of venom and forked tongues. It has inspired poets as diverse as Keats and D.H. Lawrence with its ability to move without limbs. In her final Essay on British wild animals, the poet and writer Ruth Padel explores how our responses to the snake have been shaped by biology, literature and history. She remembers her own experience of watching an adder in Cornwall and asks how snakes fit into our physical and emotional landscape.

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

Ruth Padel on our feelings towards the snake through biology, history and literature.