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The Wild Things

The Wild Things

Mon Jan 21, 8.30-9pm, C4

By Phil Harrison
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Series one, episode one
Indie rock and botany, anyone? It’s an often misguided TV article of faith that any subject can be dragged, blinking reluctantly, into the light by the application of loud music and lashings of hyperbole. This new series sees garden designer Chris Myers and his two sidekicks testing the formula on British nature. The results are patchy but mildly diverting. Why does Danish scurvy-grass thrive on our motorway network? Why are bluebells losing their distinctive scent? Is it really possible to find the world’s smallest bear in a service station car park? Expect answers to all of these questions, offered up in slightly hyperactive but disarmingly enthusiastic style. ‘The Wild Things’ often feels more like a weekly segment on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ than a programme in its own right. But as long as you’re not expecting anything too scholarly, you might just learn something about nature’s capacity to withstand anything we can throw at it.
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