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It’s the season for finding giant spiders in the bath, and if you're keen to conquer your arachnophobia, try Spider House (BBC iPlayer, until 27 November),
a 90-minute special that reveals what spiders really get up to in the nooks and crannies of our four walls. Alice Roberts is dispatched to a spider-filled house in Hertfordshire to meet entomologist Tim Cockerill and uncover arachnid behaviour at the closest of quarters, discovering how they hunt and mate, how they spin webs and what really happens if we flush them down the plughole. Staying with animal architects, beavers have made a return to the UK, and you can learn all about these charismatic river-dwellers by listening to Natural Histories: Beaver (www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b09byqhy), a half-hour podcast in which broadcaster and naturalist Brett Westwood asks if we can live with the changes beavers bring to our landscapes, and writer Jim Crumley discusses their engineering prowess. Finally, our screens are currently awash with the watery wonders of Blue Planet II, and for more of the marine world, take in the fantastic BBC series Shark (Netflix), an inspiring two-parter introducing 30 species from the shallows to the deep.
Beavers are back in Britain.
Alice and the arachnids. xxx xxx