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Monday’s best TV: Autumnwatch 2016; The Walking Dead; the Cold Feet finale

23 October 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris Packham and friends return for the wildlife perennial, the seventh season of the undead superhit starts – and the revived comedy drama concludes with a life-or-death crisis

With the leaves turning red, it’s time for Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games to return with the wildlife perennial. This time around, the trio are at the Rspb’s Arne reserve in Dorset. Here, they introduce footage of bickering sika deer, offer an update on the eagle chick featured in Springwatch, and report on the remarkable story of a conservationist who’s taken to the air with migrating Bewick’s swans. Continues tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Jonathan Wright

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- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Jack Seale, Graeme Virtue, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Phil Harrison, David Stubbs, Paul Howlett

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Chris Packham cleared by BBC Trust over Countryside Alliance 'bias' claim

23 September 2016 9:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Springwatch presenter was investigated after describing those involved in hunting and shooting as ‘the nasty brigade’

The BBC Trust has has cleared a column in BBC Wildlife magazine by presenter Chris Packham that the Countryside Alliance claimed breached corporation guidelines on bias.

In his monthly column in the BBC magazine, the Springwatch host said that some wildlife charities were “hamstrung by outdated liaisons with the ‘nasty brigade’ and can’t risk upsetting old friends”.

Related: The BBC should treasure Chris Packham, not sack him

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- Jasper Jackson

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BBC2's Springwatch to Top Gear: ‘You can keep your Dodge Viper’

31 May 2016 5:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chris Packham pokes fun at Chris Evans motoring show as nature series kicks off with biggest launch audience for seven years

Springwatch presenter Chris Packham has told Top Gear hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc to “keep your Dodge Viper”, as the rival BBC2 show returned with its biggest audience for a premiere in seven years.

Packham made the tongue-in-cheek comments in the opening moments of the nature programme offering viewers coverage of a stone-curlew, a rare avian visitor to southern England, on Monday night.

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- Mark Sweney

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Is Chris Packham right – should children eat tadpoles?

30 May 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Springwatch presenter’s revelation may seem a tad unpalatable, but he is sending an important message to parents about children’s encounters with nature

As celebrity revelations go, it’s one of the more unusual: as a boy, Chris Packham would decant tadpoles on to a special spoon and eat them.

The naturalist and Springwatch presenter reveals his tadpolephagy in his new memoir, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, and he’s not sorry either. They are gritty and tricky to chew, Packham reports, comparing them to watery semolina with a bit more “thrashing” under the tongue.

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- Patrick Barkham

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Wildlife shows not reflecting reality of natural world – Springwatch presenters

23 May 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC’s Chris Packham says nature reserves are becoming ‘a bit like art galleries’ while Martin Hughes-Games raises concerns about conservation

The presenters of BBC2’s Springwatch have warned that wildlife programmes are failing to reflect the reality of the natural world.

Chris Packham said there was a danger that nature reserves such as the Rspb’s Minsmere in Suffolk, where the new series of Springwatch is based, “become a bit like art galleries or museums where we go to get our fix” when much of the countryside is “largely sterile, too intensively farmed and with very poor biodiversity”.

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- John Plunkett

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Weird Wonders: BBC America Series Debuts Tonight (Preview)

26 April 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Watch a preview of BBC America's new Weird Wonders TV series, premiering tonight, April 26th, at 9:00pm Et/Pt. BBC America says, "From monkey first aid to a man whose sight was repaired by his tooth, Weird Wonders takes viewers on a surprising, intriguing and fascinating journey through all things weird." Chris Packham hosts

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Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme review – Davina races a cheetah. Seriously. She’s brought her running kit!

29 February 2016 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Davina McCall may be no David Attenborough, but she’s always good fun

Does the race to succeed Sir David Attenborough fronting the BBC’s landmark national history programmes have a late entry? Is it going to be like last week’s Fifa presidential elections, when everyone thought it was going to be someone and then it ended up being someone else? If Sir David’s lawyers are reading, I’m not suggesting in any way that his reign has been like Sepp Blatter’s, or that Chris Packham has anything in common with candidates for the Fifa presidential elections. All I’m wondering is whether the eventual winner, the Gianni Infantino of wildlife presenting, is going to be … Davina McCall.

Because here she is with her own four-part show, Davina McCall: Life at the Extreme (ITV, admittedly, but once she has established her natural-history credentials the Beeb will »

- Sam Wollaston

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Alan Partridge: I don’t need TV, I’ve got two Nutribullets

6 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In an exclusive epistle, Norfolk’s king of chat has harsh words for the future of the small screen. A golden age of TV? More like a golden shower, he writes

Six months ago, I was back at the BBC. It was a drinks reception to celebrate 45 years of The Goodies and Bill Oddie invited me as his plus one, mindful that he might bump into Chris Packham and lamp him for stealing the Springwatch gig.

Related: Alan Partridge to return to Sky Atlantic for second Mid Morning Matters series

Related: Iannucci: Alan Partridge went to Sky because BBC wanted to interfere

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- Alan Partridge

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Keeping Up With the Khans review – asylum seekers in Sheffield, from the people who brought us Benefits Street …

4 February 2016 11:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The camera crew are not the only ones wondering whether they are entirely welcome in this surprisingly even-handed look at all sides of the issue

Not a great title, this: Keeping Up With the Khans (Channel 4). It’s made by the production company behind Benefits Street and Immigration Street (as well as the equally controversial Great British Bake Off). It is Immigration Street, basically, but after the problems with that (it lasted just one episode, after the Southampton residents scuppered it), and the furore over Benefits Street before that, I can see how they wanted to move away from the street thing. Keeping Up With the Khans, though? Because apparently, for new arrivals, it’s all about catching up with the last big influx of migrants from Pakistan (though there’s nothing about that here)? And it sounds a bit like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and maybe Citizen Khan? »

- Sam Wollaston

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Tuesday’s best TV: Winterwatch 2016; Sugar Free Farm; The Real Marigold Hotel; The Mad World of Donald Trump

25 January 2016 10:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Michaela Strachan and chums head to the Caingorns to see how wildlife is coping with the warm winter; D-list celebs give up sugar for a fortnight; eight Oap-list celebs consider retiring to Jaipur. Plus: Matt Frei investigates the Donald

A welcome reminder that the Beeb’s interest in window-scraping season extends beyond viewer photos of snow-covered miscellanea. Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games head to Cairngorms national park to examine how the furry and feathered residents are coping with the season. With this winter wandering from warmest on record to wettest within weeks, continued survival must seem like the wildlife equivalent of the Ninja Warrior course. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, Hannah J Davies, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Jack Seale and Paul Howlett

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