Winterwatch 1963 - The Big Freeze

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

On a Sunday night in February 1963, BBC television broadcast a programme after the news about the cold spell that had smothered the country since late December, in what would become the worst winter of the 20th century. Here, Chris Packham revisits the programme (produced by Antony Jay, who went on to co-write Yes, Minister) and looks at the effects of the big freeze on Britain’s wildlife.

About this programme

Chris Packham introduces a documentary from the BBC's archive that takes a look at the worst British winter of the 20th century. He also explores how this severe weather 50 years ago affected the nation's wildlife and how it would cope if another equally bad winter occurred.

Cast and crew


Chris Packham


Executive Producer
Chris Cole
Stephen Moss