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Johnny Kingdom’s Wild Exmoor

  • Episode: 

    2 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 08 Jun 2015
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 24 2015 : Sat 06 Jun - Fri 12 Jun
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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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. 
 
It’s summer the time of year when red deer calves are born and Johnny is determined to film some. But they're difficult to see because to keep them safe, they're born in very long grass. Eventually he finds one but only its ears are visible so Johnny decides to return in a few days hoping for a better view. 
 
Then it’s off to his land to meet up with old friend and fellow badger fan Bob Sampson. Johnny wants to show him his shots of badgers feeding outside in daylight; a rare sight. 
 
Summer is also a busy time on Exmoor for fairs and festivals and Johnny visits one of his favourites the Exford Pony Show, to watch the 'best antler competition' and some Exmoor ponies performing in the ring. 
 
Then he’s back on the trail of the red deer calves and this time success, Johnny has a great view of several tiny calves and their mothers. 
 
Exmoor is one of Britain’s smallest national parks and is celebrating its 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion a competition has been launched to design an Exmoor flag and Johnny is one of the judges. It’s going to be tough – nearly 300 entries which the judges have to narrow down to five finalists.  The winner will be chosen by a public vote and announced in the autumn. 
 
There’s one more animal that Johnny has been anxious to see this summer -the barn owl. Recent harsh winters have threatened the local population but Johnny is delighted when a farmer tells him about a family living in a derelict barn on his land. Johnny puts a remote camera in place and a few days later is over the moon to see his fantastic shots of four barn owl chicks and their parents.