Miniature Britain

Radio Times
Review by:
Emma Sturgess

As far as we know, entomologist George McGavin doesn’t have a superpower, but he has the next best thing: a microscope camera that’s 7,000 times more powerful than the human eye, and he’s using it to take a close look at some of the tiny wildlife that inhabits our environment.

Inside an oak tree, he examines caterpillar feet, while a look at urban pavements reveals cute, moss-grazing tardigrades, or water bears. Of course, small things aren’t always sweet. Dust mites, with their diet of human skin, are a stomach-turning prospect, as is the remarkable footage of a bee pumping venom into McGavin’s hand.

About this programme

Biologist George McGavin travels around Britain with a revolutionary new microscope camera to provide a close-up view of the natural world. The film reveals how caterpillars' feet have hooks that anchor them upside down to leaves, butterfly and moth wings are a kaleidoscope of colourful scales that deter predators, and birds' feathers have thousands of hooks that zip together to keep them airborne. The film-makers also show miniature life in cities, such as creatures grazing the moss on pavements and the legions of dust mites scavenging for food in everyday homes.

Cast and crew


George McGavin


Jo Scofield
John Miller
Executive Producer
Tim Martin
Jo Scofield
John Miller

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