A glorious portrait of the landscape, wildlife and plants of the Mediterranean and the fascinating story of man's changing relationship with the natural world. The countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea - From France to Syria - represent the oldest humanised landscape in the world. Nowhere has mankind had a greater effect on his environment. But our attitudes and treatment of the natural world have changed dramatically over the centuries. Bringing history, natural history and archaeology together, David Attenborough surveys the ever shifting natural history of the region. He reveals the impacts of the settlement of the earliest tribes, how animals were transformed from gods to cattle and the cultivation of plants changed the course of civilisation. From the Huns to the Crusaders, each war and migration is seen to have a new effect on plants and animals; and since the dawn of the industrial era, we find pollution and land exploitation taking its toll. Yet through all this, as the series reveals, a glorious array of wildlife has survived and sometimes even thrived.
This is an eclectic assemblage of modern wild-life, palaeontology, cave drawings, modern fishing methods and other ramblings. All very pleasant but pretty unstructured and ultimately unsatisfying. I imagine it was cutting room floor stuff too good to throw away.