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MIPTV Picks ’16: Oak Tree – Nature’s Greatest Survivor

This program, which features entomologist George McGavin and a 400-year-old oak tree in Oxfordshire, provides a thoroughly engrossing look at one of the natural world's most resilient characters.
March 15, 2016


Partners: Furnace Ltd. for BBC; distributed byTVF International
Length: 1 x 90 minutes; 2 x 48 minutes
Aired: October 2015 (BBC4)
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding the BBC

A rather glowing review from The Guardian summed up in its opening paragraph the potential strikes against this nature program: “a feature-length film about a single tree presented by a bearded insect botherer on a channel not a lot of people get down to.” Still, the program, which features entomologist George McGavin and a 400-year-old oak tree in Oxfordshire, provides a thoroughly engrossing look at one of the natural world’s most resilient characters. Whether it’s through Dr. McGavin hoisting himself up the specimen to investigate the scores of creatures and creepy-crawlies that call it home, or state of the art laser scanning that details every nook and four-century-old cranny, no leaf is left untouched in this study of the mighty oak.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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