by Del Harvey
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On Sunday, November 5th, the PBS network will launch its 25th season of Nature, the Peabody and Emmy award winning series. Nature’s landmark 25th year will include such great episodes as A Mesmerizing Tour of Yellowstone National Park, Soaring With Raptors, Dogs That Changed The World, and a special “Best Of” Anniversary Program hosted by Lynn Sherr. The season kicks off with An Unnatural History Of Chimpanzees in the United States.
The first episode will offer an introspective view of how humanity views its closest relative from the studies of women who run U.S. sanctuaries for the animals. The special from award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo will offer interviews from sanctuary heads Dr. Carole Noon and Gloria Grow, who each offer unwanted chimpanzees in America a home.
Also featured in the season’s programming is a November 12th episode entitled Penguins Of The Antarctic, detailing how these incredible birds are dealing with the effects of climate change. On November 19th, the program takes a breathtaking look at the stunning natural beauty of Christmas in Yellowstone, where foxes, wolves, coyotes, elk, bison, bears and otters make their way through one of the nation’s most beautiful parks during its most challenging seasons.
Nature has long boasted some of the most beautiful cinematography of any animal or science program and, judging from the first three episodes, this season promises to maintain that reputation. But Nature has always been more than simply beautiful photography; it is a rare glimpse into the wild and perilous world which goes on all around us, but which we rarely think about until we sit down and tune into the program on our televisions. Nature brings us not only fact but also the fantastic right into our homes. The intrepid filmmakers and historians and scientists who put so much into each episode far before it ever reaches out television screens are the true heroes of the story, for without their love of their craft and nature itself, we would never get to enjoy these incredible shows.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a screenwriter and filmmaker, and a film critic living in Chicago.
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