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Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor

  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 01 Jun 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 23 2015 : Sat 30 May - Fri 05 Jun
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In this new factual series shot across the four seasons we join wild man of the moor Johnny Kingdom, as he follows the wildlife and people of his beloved Exmoor. 
We begin in spring as he sets off across the moor in search of a herd of male red deer.  This is when they begin to lose their antlers and Johnny wants to show us what they look like. Then he’s off to meet Bob Sampson, an old friend who has had a brilliant idea about how to construct an underground badger house. Johnny and Bob set about converting an unused septic tank and bury it complete with remote cameras on Johnny’s land on the edge of Exmoor. He’s hoping that for the first time, he will be able to film badgers underground. 
Always a busy man, Johnny heads now to the little village of Brayford where he grew up to open the spring fair. The annual ‘Duck Race’ helps raise funds for village projects and is a great way of bringing young and old together.
Along with the red deer Exmoor is also famous for its ponies. Although they roam freely, the herds are owned and maintained by different farming families. Johnny is joined by Rex Milton, who tells him the history of his herd and shows him some newborn foals. 
Of course spring is the time when many animals have their young and along with a Grey Heron and a Little Owl, Johnny also gets some fantastic close up shots of a beautiful Tawny Owl chick. 
For his next challenge Johnny has to leave Exmoor. He’s in search of a very rare sight - adders mating and he’s amazed and thrilled when, despite his nerves, he gets closer to them that he's ever been before.
The programme ends as Johnny meets up with Bob Sampson again to see if there are any badgers in the underground house.  They watch delighted as a clan of young badgers play, scratch and sleep completely at home in their new underground house.