Britain’s Distant Lands DVD

Britain’s Distant Lands celebrates the astounding biodiversity, landscapes and histories of the UK Overseas Territories.

  • Authors: Stewart McPherson
  • Duration:  Over 90 mins (see contents list in the full description)
  • Region encoding: None—this DVD can be played on devices worldwide
  • Release date: March 2019.

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Britain’s Distant Lands showcases and celebrates the astounding diversity of animals, plants, landscapes, cultures and history of the UK Overseas Territories. The sixteen UK Overseas Territories are scattered across all seven seas, from the Equator to the South Pole. They harbour lush tropical rainforest, pristine coral reefs and Antarctic tundra, as well as some of the world’s largest penguin, albatross and sea turtle populations. More than one thousand unique plant and animal species call the UK Overseas Territories home, as do 270,000 British subjects united by a proud cultural heritage and many unique stories.

This unique DVD boasts a series of mini-documentaries dedicated to each UK Overseas Territory. Each film explores the rich natural history of the territory in question, and takes the viewer on a journey to these extraordinary places! The contents of the DVD include:

1:   30 minute Britain’s Distant Lands documentary

2:   38 x UK Overseas Territories mini-documentaries (exploring the wildlife of all of the Territories), including:

    • Overview of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Filming the Britain’s Treasure Islands TV documentary series
    • Stewart McPherson’s lecture at the Royal Geographical Society
    • Ascension Island – wildlife and heritage
    • Saint Helena – wildlife and heritage
    • Tristan da Cunha – wildlife and heritage
    • Falkland Islands – wildlife and heritage
    • South Georgia – wildlife and heritage
    • British Antarctic Territory – wildlife and heritage
    • British Indian Ocean Territory – wildlife and heritage
    • Pitcairn Islands – wildlife and heritage
    • Bermuda – wildlife and heritage
    • Cayman Islands – wildlife and heritage
    • British Virgin Islands – wildlife and heritage
    • Montserrat – wildlife and heritage
    • Anguilla – wildlife and heritage
    • Turks and Caicos Islands – wildlife and heritage
    • Akrotiri and Dhekelia – wildlife and heritage
    • Gibraltar – wildlife and heritage
    • Ascension Island – natives and aliens
    • Ascension Island – supplying the garrison
    • Saint Helena – wirebird conservation
    • Saint Helena – plant conservation
    • Life on Tristan da Cunha – the World’s Most Remote Inhabited Island
    • Tristan da Cunha – the Monster Mice of Gough Island
    • Falkland Islands – Jimmy the ex-whaler
    • British Indian Ocean Territory – coconut crabs
    • British Indian Ocean Territory – seabirds
    • British Indian Ocean Territory – underwater
    • Pitcairn Islands – Henderson Island’s wildlife
    • Life on Pitcairn Island – home of the descendants of the mutineers from HMS Bounty
    • Terrestrial Invertebrates of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Amphibians and Reptiles of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Plants of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Mammals of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Birds of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Marine Life of the UK Overseas Territories
    • Conservation Lessons of the UK Overseas Territories.

3:   Map of all of the UK Overseas Territories.

4:   A Friends of the British Overseas Territories promotional video

This title was created in partnership with the Friends of the British Overseas Territories.