Countryside TV, film and radio: what’s on this month

Can't decide what to watch or listen to this month? Here are the latest countryside TV, films and radio that you won't want to miss…


What’s on in February 2020? Here is our pick of the best countryside TV, film and radio to enjoy this month.

Adrian Chiles and Mahreen Baig stand in front of the sea, smiling
Adrian Chiles and Mahreen Baig present Our Coast

Our Coast

  • BBC Two
  • Friday 7 February, 8.30pm

Presenters Adrian Chiles and Mahreen Baig explore four coastlines linked by the Irish Sea, beginning with the Merseryside Coast, stretching from Sefton Sands to the Wirral. This is a gentle coastal tour with amiable company, featuring the people who live and work along these shores, exciting encounters with wildlife, and beautiful shots of these dramatic landscapes.

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Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell stars as Mark Easterbrook in Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

The Pale Horse

  • BBC One
  • Sunday 9 February, 9pm

Following the success of And Then There Were None and The ABC Murders, writer Sarah Phelps has turned her hand to Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse. This stylish adaptation, set in 1960s Britain, sees Mark Easterbook (Rufus Sewell) uncover a sinister mystery involving a trio of witches in the old English village of Much Deeping. Cold War paranoia and pagan traditions collide in this compelling drama.

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Sue perkins smiling at camera
Nature Table humorously celebrates the planet’s wild and wonderful flora and fauna

Nature Table

  • BBC Radio 4
  • Monday 10 February, 6.30pm

A new series hosted by Sue Perkins, in which her guests each bring an item from the natural world to ‘show and tell’, revealing fascinating facts and funny anecdotes, and prompting entertaining discussions abut each object. The first episode is recorded at London Zoo, where Sue is joined by marine biologist Helen Scales, zoologist Lucy Cooke, ethnobotanist James Wong and Australian comedian Felicity Ward. This week’s show and tell objects include the fossilised eardrum of a whale, a flower of broccoli and a beaver’s gland.

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Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe standing in field
Kurtan and Kerry Mucklowe return for more offbeat adventures in series three of This Country

This Country

  • BBC Three
  • Monday 17 February, 22.35pm

Returning for its third and final series, this mockumentery set in a Cotswold village catches up with its heroes, hapless cousins Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe and ever-hopeful local vicar Reverend Seaton. In episode one, the film crew return to the village to discover some sad news about a local resident, and Kurtan tries to help Kerry with her financial difficulties.

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Boys running in Lake District
The Windermere Children follows the real-life story of young Holocaust survivors resettling in the Lake District at Lake Windermere in 1945

The Windermere Children

  • BBC iPlayer

The moving true story of children who were resettled after in Windermere after being liberated from concentration camps is dramatised by screenwriter Simon Block and stars Thomas Kretschmann and Romola Garai. It charts the attempts to heal the traumatised children with nature, as they play, paint and ride bikes in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. The drama will be followed by The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words, a documentary featuring the survivors on BBC Four at 10.30pm.

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The Winterwatch team
Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke present Winterwatch live from the Cairngorms


  • BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
  • Friday 14 February, 8pm

Presenters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Gillian Burke and Iolo Williams will be celebrating a final wild, cold winter in the Cairngorms, before the Watch moves to a new location in spring. The snowy peaks, ancient forest and deep lochs of the Cairngorms are home to some of the most spectacular wildlife in the whole country, from the windy Arctic plateaux where ptarmigan and mountain hares huddle, to pristine salmon rivers, and ancient forests –  home to red squirrels, and pine martens.

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Barn owl in winter

Michael Portillo holding a book
Michael Portillo in the Taunton to Salisbury Plain episode of Great British Railways Journeys
BBC Pictures

Great British Railway Journeys

  • BBC iPlayer

The popular documentary series, now on its 11th series, sees Michael Portillo travel Britain by rail, looking into the country’s past and exploring the state of the nation today. He discovers how the life of a great composer was shaped by Suffolk and the sea; crosses the county line from Devon into Somerset; and travels by steam train to the home of Agatha Christie.

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Ferns in valley in autumn
Discover the eco-pioneers who have changed the way we view the world in Green Originals (Getty Images)

Green Originals

  • BBC Radio 4

This wide-ranging series asks today’s green thinkers to talk about the people who have inspired them, the pioneering scientists, campaigners and communicators of the last 60 years who have swum against the tide to influence our opinion and behaviour on the environment. Profiles of Rachel Carson and James Lovelock sit alongside those of Joni Mitchell and Margaret Thatcher.

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Where is Countryfile visiting this week and what time is it on BBC1?

Countryfile visits Ballycastle this week on the show – find out what time and when Countryfile is on TV with our episode guide.

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Coastline and fields

People on bridge
Visitors flock across the new bridge connecting Tintagel to the Cornish mainland

Open Country

  • BBC Radio 4

Helen Mark visits Tintagel in Cornwall to cross the new bridge that now links the legendary castle to the mainland. She discovers its links with the tales of King Arthur, and the way this myth has shaped the buildings in this landscape and the people who live there. She also discovers how the historic importance of this part of the UK is only just beginning to be understood.


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