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A New Year at Kew


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A behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in its heritage year. The series looks at the Gardens' history as it recreates its appearance from more than three centuries ago, including George IV's exotic menagerie. There's also a focus on the scientific work the Gardens is famous for - from preserving the most famous collection of plants and seeds in the world to assisting police in their bid to pinpoint the origins of exotic plants found with murder victims. Plus a focus on the work staff undertake abroad as they try to save endangered plants and identify new species. Narrated by Alan Titchmarsh.

Documentary: A New Year at Kew: 8.00pm BBC2
You have to love the staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. They get so excited about their work. There's Dave, for instance, who's inordinately proud of his steaming piles of compost, while mycologist Peter beams as he refers to a dried-out bit of rare mushroom he's been sent as "the sort of fungus you dream about finding".
It's this combination of characters and horticulture that makes this observational series so endearing. The highlight of tonight's first film, however, is the lowering of the blinds in the new Alpine House - one of the most beautiful sequences imaginable. (Jane Rackham)


Narrator: Alan Titchmarsh.

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