About the episode
Starting on New Years Day, Britain is in the grip of winter.
Time-lapses show a magical country shrouded in frost and mist swirling in hollows. Water becomes the enemy as it freezes and the wildlife must cope.
Red squirrels resort to subterfuge; kites track a farmer ploughing to get at the worms beneath the frost.
As winter fades adders bask in the sun and the woodland floor erupts with snowdrops. On a lake in Wiltshire new hope captured in the evocative dance of the Great crested grebe.
Winter is the first of four programmes making up The Great British Year, a season-by-season exploration of how wildlife adapts across the calendar.
Winter is first shown on BBC One at 9.00pm, Wednesday 2nd October, 2013.