SEEK­ING THE LIGHT

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Broadcast Reviews -

The Rein­deer Fam­ily and Me TV BBC Two Due to start in De­cem­ber. Check RT for de­tails.

Pre­sen­ter Gor­don Buchanan is off on yet another wild ad­ven­ture this win­ter – this time to Fin­land, to spend time with a fam­ily of Sami rein­deer herders as well as ful­fil his dream of film­ing the North­ern Lights. The Scot will learn how the Sami sur­vive the freez­ing con­di­tions be­fore trav­el­ling by sled and on foot into the wilder­ness to seek out the aurora bo­re­alis. "The North­ern Lights are of­ten looked at with awe, but few peo­ple have a clear un­der­stand­ing of what they ac­tu­ally are," says pro­ducer-di­rec­tor An­war Ma­mon. "We want view­ers to ap­pre­ci­ate the phe­nom­e­non with more depth – through Sami folk­lore and Gor­don’s own ob­ser­va­tions, and by un­pick­ing the sci­ence be­hind the spec­ta­cle: how fast the light is trav­el­ling, for in­stance, and why the light glows green.”

The aurora bo­re­alis: the most fa­mous light show on Earth.

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