Peter Crawford: Film Maker - Photographer - Lecturer

Classic Television Series


BBC 1990 WNET New York 1990

The first television series to attempt a comprehensive account of North America's wildlife and wild places.
Land of the Eagle turns the clock back to reveal the continent as it used to be, hundreds of years ago, a story told by the people who lived on it, charted it and shaped it - the Native Americans and the European explorers and settlers. This eight-part series explores the great diversity of the continent, revealing the bonds between human history and natural history as it travels from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Along the way, it traverses the rugged Canadian wilderness, the swampy Everglades, the sweeping Great Plains, the majestic Rockies, the arid, hostile deserts, and Alaska - the last wild frontier of America.

Together, the eight programmes reveal the way that the nature of this 'untamed' land shaped the lives and fortunes of those who ventured into its vast interior. Through their writings and diaries, Peter Crawford's award-winning series recreates the landscapes and wildlife of North America at the time when the first Europeans came to this 'new world'.


For the native Indian, wildlife such as the beaver, was a treasured resource - to be cherished and respected, even in death, when taken for food and clothing.

In his classic series Land of the Eagle, Peter Crawford told this story of man and nature in the wilderness continent that became the United States and Canada we know today.


The series was produced by Peter Crawford for the BBC's Natural History Unit in partnership with WNET New York - a principle station of the PBS Network. Land of the Eagle was a highlight of their long-running series Nature which is one of the most watched documentary series across North America.


A series of ten 30 minute films

When The Living Isles was screened in Britain on the prime channel BBC1, up to 9 million viewers tuned in every week for ten consecutive weeks. The series was a run-away success for the BBC Natural History Unit based in Bristol.


"We are all captivated by the story of our own country" recalls The Living Isles series producer, Peter Crawford. "How did the British Isles begin - and how did the bleak landscape left by the Ice Age develop into the living kaleidoscope of varied habitats and wildlife we have today? This is the dramatic and fascinating story we set out to tell."


Peter Crawford wrote the companion book The Living Isles which became a 'No 1 Best Seller' for BBC Books - celebrating the eventful Natural History of Britain and Ireland in ten unfolding chapters.