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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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