About me

I left university with a good degree in Zoology "well done" said my gran at the graduation ceremony, "now which Zoo are you going to work for darling?" Soon I was an "improver painter" working for a building company in Bristol, living in the notorious "Fun Palace" (21 Dundonald road – Redland) along with a group of people some of whom would eventually become well known, Greta Scacchi, Dan Day-Lewis (only a visitor) Paul Mcgann (also visiting Black-Haired Annie – later to become his wife), Amanda Redman ("New Tricks"). The owner of the Fun Palace - "Mike the Boat" – had decided it would be fun to rent the place out to struggling actors at the Bristol old vic.

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Paul, black haired Annie, Dan Day Lewis and Greta (back to cam).

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Paul, the outrageous Bill Butt, Mary French (artist) young Greta.

Eventually Mike The Boat threw me out of the fun palace (thanks mate!) and I found myself sleeping on the floor of Mandy Redman's flat (she’d moved out too). Mandy had got a job on a small BBC drama “why don’t you try to get into the BBC” she said, "Ill get you an interview with one of the producers I’m working with"

Thank you Mandy. I still have the letter that producer gave me that resulted in my first two weeks work as a researcher in the BBC in Bristol. 30 years on I stopped producing and jumped - to the other side of the camera

Date of birth

16 April 1956

Academic

1st class honors B.Sc. Zoology
Reading University.

Television

Joined BBC 1978

Freelance from November 2007 to present

Live Presenter

Springwatch 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012

Springwatch "Unspring" producer and Host 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012

Autumnwatch 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012

Unsprung Host / producer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Wild Night In 2010 1 X 120 mins findraiser for wildlife worldwide

Presenter

Summerwatch seabird special 2012

Natures Miracle babies 5 X 60 BBC1 (TX 2011)

Winterwatch 2011 / 2012

Springwatch 2009 holidays with Martin Hughes – Games 1 X 60 mins BBC2

Television Précis

Joined BBC Natural History Unit 1978

Moved to BBC Science and Features 1979

Returned to BBC Natural History Unit 1988 became series producer (5 series), head of development etc.

Left BBC October 2007

Became a Factual presenter

Other interests

Motorcycling have many bikes and raced (circuit racing) for 6 years
Breeding chickens
Climbing (sport and trad)
long distance Cycling
Rope access work (qualified rope access technician for last 14 years)