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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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