Planet Ant Nominated for Royal Television Society Award

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For a month, Professor Adam Hart of the University of Gloucestershire and entomologist Dr George McGavin captured every aspect of life in a colony of ants.  They used time-lapse cameras, microscopes and radio tracking technology to bring us a unique programme revealing the working of one of the most complex societies in the natural world.  This programme, Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony was broadcast on BBC Four in March 2013 and has now been nominated in the category of Natural History and Science, for a prestigious Royal Television Society Programme Award.  Planet Ant has been nominated along with the David Attenborough series Africa and the Channel Four documentary How to Win the Grand National.
As seen on TV: a leaf-cutting ant from the Planet Ant colony

As seen on TV: a leaf-cutting ant from the Planet Ant colony

The Awards will be presented by comedian Tim Vine at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 18th March.  Professor Adam Hart said “It is a great honour for a programme I co-presented to be nominated alongside Sir David Attenborough – I am hoping to meet him at the award ceremony”.

Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire, and also lectures in Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Statistics, Research Methods and Animal Behaviour.  Adam has presented or contributed to a number of documentaries for the BBC TV and Radio, including On The Trail of the American Honeybee, about migratory beekeeping and Raising Allosaurus, about the prospect of bringing extinct animals back to life.  Adam most recently featured on Chris Packham’s BBC Two documentary series Inside the Animal Mind. 

 

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