Bear Family and Me – spoiler light

Bear FamilyA Bear Family and Me
First aired on BBC2
Episode 1 21:00 3 Jan 2011
Episode 2 21:00 4 Jan 2011
Episode 3 21:00 5 Jan 2011

Presented by Gordon Buchanan
Producer Ted Oakes

I saw this series when it was first broadcast in 2011, having been filmed in 2010. Since then there have been 3 sequels and I’ve reviews all of those. I wasn’t running this Blog at the time so I’m adding this review to complete the set.

You can read my reviews of the other series and as of writing the links to iPlayer should still be working (in the UK Only) A Polar Bear Family and Me, Snow Wolf Family and Me, Gorilla Family and Me.

These programs aren’t pure Natural History, they don’t claim to be. What they mainly are is a way to translate these large mammals lives in to a way the viewer can empathise. Thus increasing awareness and understanding – and hopefully conservation.

There are spoilers below, the links for each episode are working at time of writing.

These are American Black Bears, a species which predominantly eats foliage, berries, nuts and other plant material, They supplement this diet with insects, including larvae. Bees and honey are favourites. In some areas they will eat fish and small animals – only if food is scarce are they likely to hunt anything large. Continue reading

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Gorilla Family and me – Episode Two

MpungweGorilla Family and Me
First aired on BBC2 21:00 Sunday 27th December 2015.

Presented by Gordon Buchanan
Filmed & Directed by David Johnson

Producer David Johnson
Assistant Producer Patrick Evans
Executive Producer Ted Oakes
Commissioning Editor for BBC Lucinda Axelsson

Episode one aired on BBC2 21:00 Monday 21st December 2015

Concluding this two part series about Grauer’s Gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Grauer’s Gorillas are also known as Eastern Lowland Gorillas and are closely related to Mountain Gorillas. They have been far less extensively studied than their famous relatives.

There are a few spoilers below so if you haven’t seen the episode you might want to do so, you can see it on iPlayer, that link will only work if you live within the UK. Continue reading

Gorilla Family and Me – Episode One

MarhaleGorilla Family and Me
First aired on BBC2 21:00 21st December 2015

Presented by Gordon Buchanan
Filmed & Directed by David Johnson

Producer David Johnson
Assistant Producer Patrick Evans
Executive Producer Ted Oakes
Commissioning Editor for BBC Lucinda Axelsson

Episode two aired on BBC2 21:00 Sunday 27th December 2015.

I first heard of Gordon Buchanan as a Wildlife Cameraman. In 2011 I saw his three part series A Bear Family and Me that saw him filming closely with American Black Bears. That series will be repeated on BBC2 on Monday to Wednesday  28th to 30th December 2015.

I wasn’t writing this Blog in those days. However I have reviewed the subsequent series A Polar Bear Family and Me and Snow Wolf Family and Me.

Line-upThe full set of series are being shown so you can easily catch up.

My reviews include links to the shows on iPlayer but some links won’t work at present, I’ll update then once the shows have been repeated.

I don’think these links won’t work outside the United Kingdom.

This series shows Gordon getting as close as her can to a family of Grauer’s Gorillas, also known as eastern Lowland Gorillas. These gorillas live in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park at their invitation, in the hope of increasing tourism.

If you haven’t seen it I suggest you watch before you read the review – it is available on iPlayer. Though there are no major Spoilers in my review though. All images are from the BBC Website and are used with assumed fair use for review purposes only. Continue reading