Philippa Forrester : Full CV
Philippa is an intelligent and charismatic presenter, producer and author. Although previously perceived as a straight forward television presenter this perception really only scratches the surface of what this versatile lady actually can and does achieve. She co-founded and now runs a production company that specialises in Natural History Programming alongside her husband renowned wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton-James. Philippa researches, scripts, produces and often also appears or voices the commentary for their productions for both the BBC and Animal Planet amongst others.
Philippa is also a published author having written three books ‘The River’ [Orion Books]. This book tells the story of how Philippa and Charlie met, their move from London to the Countryside and hilarious stories spanning floods, chicken keeping and wildlife watching. 2010 saw the publication of her second book ‘Halcyon River Diaries’ [Random House] that accompanies the recent BBC1 series of the same name. The series happened after they were invited by the BBC to make a series of programmes about a year in the life of a river they know well. The programmes follow Charlie filming the wildlife, Philippa caring for the ecology of their surroundings, and their three children following them around asking funny questions!
Philippa also brings her writing skills to The Mail on Sunday’s travel section as a regular contributor. Philippa’s third book this time aimed at children and it is based on wildlife is scheduled for publication autumn 2010.
Amongst her other skills Philippa is also an accomplished voice over artist bring these skills to both documentary and commercial work. She has voiced numerous documentaries for the BBC, Discovery/Animal Planet.
Non-live television credits include:
Spring 2010: Halcyon River Diaries. Four part series for BBC1. Made by Halcyon Media and exec Produced by Philippa. A four part series about the year in the life of a river. Filmed by Philippa’s husband Wildlife Cameraman Charlie-Hamilton James. It also follows conservationist Philippa looking into re-introducing water voles onto their stretch of the river.
‘Tomorrow’s World’ she presented this alongside Peter Snow for seven years and during that time anchored many live specials and outside broadcasts.
The phenomenally successful ‘Robot Wars’ which she presented for BBC2 for seven series and which contributed to FHM naming her the 42nd sexiest woman in the world [an accolade of which she is very proud!] Philippa has also presented many ‘specials’ and documentaries for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. These included ‘Making Animal Babies’ ‘Clever Critters’ ‘Man Meets Dog’. There were also three series of a pet behavioral programme for BBC Features called ’Barking Mad’ TX BBC1.
Autumn 2008 see’s her as a guest presenter on BBC 2’s ‘Market Kitchen’
Documentaries, scripted and produced by Philippa include ‘My Halcyon River’ BBC2 TX Nov 2002, [this was the Radio Times most requested repeat that year]. ‘The Wild Wood’ BBC2 TX Dec 2004, ‘Tarka’ BBC2 TX Dec 2005 and most recently ‘Halcyon River Diaries’ tx BBC1 Spring 2010.
Live events for the BBC include:
‘Eclipse’ which she presented with Michael Burke and had the highest ever viewing figures for a daytime TV programme. She presented the ‘Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations’ for three days with David Dimbleby, covering The Mall on the day of the procession. ‘Crufts’ which she anchored for four years. The ‘Foot and Mouth Special’ which was a live discussion programme hosted by the BBC. ‘Zoowatch’ - a week’s live coverage following daily life at London Zoo which she hosted with Rolf Harris. And the ‘Heaven & Earth Show’ BBC1, a weekly 1 hour live discussion programme. Philippa co-hosted this show for two and a half years with Ross Kelly. 2005 saw Philippa make her debut as a radio presenter for BBC Bristol. She presented the Saturday morning show.