Blueprint: Plants and Animals

This harvestman trapped in tree resin approximately 40 million years ago probably doesn’t make an appearance but, having sketched out the history of the land last week, the second episode of the BBC NI natural history programme Blueprint moves on to Plants and Animalsevolutionary theory may, or may not, be mentioned. And the website now has segments from last week’s show – which might be more easily digested format than the full 55min programme. Next week, people. Adds More successful than last week, imho, and nice to see the ichthyosaur get a mention.

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  • Rapunsel

    The story of the giant elk jaw found in castle place interesting but afraid that silly blue grid is annoying and serves no purpose. I was watching this whilst doing some work from the sofa and whilst it did not have my undivided attention I felt scope of the programme too broad tonight

  • Pete Baker


    I thought it was more successful than last week’s – probably because it dealt with a slightly shorter time-scale.

    Next week’s episode only deals with 10,000 years of history.. it might be more successful still. ;o)

  • allybalder

    Great TV – but then anything that annoys the Young Earth Creationists pleases me!!

  • joeCanuck

    Did they mention N.I. politicians dinosaurs?

  • Ulster McNulty

    “Next week’s episode only deals with 10,000 years of history.. it might be more successful still. ;o)”

    But will that history include, the plantation of Ulster,Dan Winter’s cottage, Dolly’s Brae, Burntollet, bloody Sunday, the good friday agreement and the devolved assembly?

  • Jaylon

    Ive watched both programmes and I reckon they’ve be very high quality TV. I stayed with both from start to finish and they were brilliant overviews of a lot of history and crammed full of things a lot of people wont know. Maybe Pete you arent a fan of the presenter because he’s another blooger! Blog-envy is a terrible thing! (I’m kidding!)

  • cut the bull

    It is a brilliant show the bears remains in the cave in County Leitrim and the Wooly Mammoth tooth in Crumlin had the kids asking all sorts of questions.

    Watched and enjoyed both educational and enjoyable.

  • willis


    Good effort on BBC gets 7 posts, train wreck TV on UTV gets 53.

    Two thirds of this programme were wonderful and the rest was at least an attempt at accessibility.

    I much preferred the tale of the baby bears to the reconstruction of the wolves and blue elk.

  • joeCanuck

    When did you last tell someone that your tooth didn’t hurt, Willis?

  • Pancho’s Horse

    The gaps in my knowledge are, I admit, shameful. I never knew there was a ‘Northern Ireland’ thousands of years ago.

  • BonarLaw

    I’m surprised it took 10 posts to get to a MOPE like Pancho’s Horse.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Yeah, I’m slowing up, amn’t I?

  • Pancho’s Horse

    But to be fair they haven’t mentioned Londonderry or the pravince ………. yet.

  • joeCanuck

    I don’t think you have a horse, Pancho, so on yer bike.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Wait til you hear next week’s drivel about the Cruithin etc etc, Joe. You could be looking for a lift. I may not have a whole horse but I have some of the important bits.

  • joeCanuck

    Surely not a horse’s ass!

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Joe, Joe, you’re so predictable. I was referring to my long mane of hair and my fleetness of foot.The other parts I have willed to others, mostly unionist bloggers who pass them about among themselves. But codding aside, it is interesting.

  • joeCanuck

    Just friendly banter, Pancho.