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50 Experts Sign Letter As Parliament Prepares To Debate UK Fur Ban

As Parliament prepares to debate a UK ban on fur imports next week, 50 veterinary and animal behaviour experts including Un Ambassador of Peace and world renowned conservationist Dr Jane Goodall, have joined with #FurFreeBritain campaigners from animal charity Humane Society International/UK in writing to Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

In a letter to the Minister they express their “concern at the severe animal welfare deficiencies inherent to the fur trade” and point to the “worrying, even distressing evidence of persistently poor welfare conditions”.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham has also sent MPs an impassioned video message to support #FurFreeBritain, in which he says the fur trade is “entirely repugnant” and urges them to ignore welfare-washing by the fur trade which he calls “nonsense”.

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000, but since that time Britain has imported animal fur worth more than £650 million from countries such as Italy, France, Poland,
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2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Full winners list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Full winners list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’
The BAFTA TV Craft Awards honor skills in 19 different categories. Nine of these are devoted to fictional programming, another four to factual, and six are in combined fields. Winners were revealed during a ceremony on Sunday, April 22 hosted by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards were announced on Wednesday, April 4 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 13.

Fiction

Costume Design

The Crown

X – “Game of Thrones

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Director (Fiction)

Jane Campion, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Mackenizie Crook, “Detectorists

Paul Whittington, “Little Boy Blue

X – Phillipa Lowthorpe, “Three Girls

Editing (Fiction)

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

X – “Three Girls

Makeup And Hair Design

Gunpowder

“The Miniaturist – The Forge”

Peaky Blinders

X – “Taboo

Photography And Lighting (Fiction)

Against the Law

Black Mirror

X – “The Crown

Taboo

Production Design

Black Mirror

The Crown

X – “Game of Thrones

The State

Sound (Fiction)

Black Mirror
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Birders everywhere are playing their part | Letters

It’s not just Chris Packham who has helped birdwatching become mainstream, writes Jennifer M Jones

It was encouraging to read your item on birding becoming mainstream. While Chris Packham and the ’watches teams have indeed contributed to this, please do not ascribe this emerging enthusiasm to just one source. Other TV naturalists, including Iolo Williams and Mike Dilger, have done much to encourage and enlighten young people about wildlife issues. Organisations such as the British Trust for Ornithology and Rspb provide excellent opportunities for youngsters to realise that birding can be fun. Local Rspb reserves and groups, Wildlife Trusts and talented individuals are also playing a part. We need these youngsters to care for the future and should be grateful to all those, often working hard behind the scenes, who are enabling this. Many an older birder will express gratitude to one enthusiastic mentor who set them on the
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'The Crown' and 'Taboo' lead Bafta TV Craft nominations

Netflix and BBC1 dramas to face off in four categories.

Netflix’s The Crown and BBC1’s Taboo are to go head-to-head in four categories at this year’s Bafta TV Craft Awards.

Left Bank Pictures’ royal saga will be looking to repeat last year’s success in Costume Design and Special, Visual & Graphics Effects. It will face the Scott Free/Hardy Son & Baker drama in both categories as well as Photography & Lighting: Fiction and Sound: Fiction.

Nominations in full below

The Crown leads the way in this year’s nominations with seven nods compared to Taboo’s six and
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2018 BAFTA TV Awards: Craft nominations full list led by ‘The Crown,’ ‘Taboo,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’

2018 BAFTA TV Awards: Craft nominations full list led by ‘The Crown,’ ‘Taboo,’ ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’
The BAFTA TV Craft Awards honor skills in 19 different categories. Nine of these are devoted to fictional programming, another four to factual, and six are in combined fields. Winners will be revealed during a ceremony on Sunday, April 22 to be hosted by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. Nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 4 with that ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 13.

Fiction

Costume Design

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Director (Fiction)

Jane Campion, “Top of the Lake: China Girl”

Mackenizie Crook, “Detectorists

Paul Whittington, “Little Boy Blue

Phillipa Lowthorpe, “Three Girls

Editing (Fiction)

The Crown

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders

Three Girls

Makeup And Hair Design

Gunpowder

“The Miniaturist – The Forge”

Peaky Blinders

Taboo

Photography And Lighting (Fiction)

Against the Law

Black Mirror

The Crown

Taboo

Production Design

Black Mirror

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The State

Sound (Fiction)

Black Mirror

The Crown
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Celebrities Call For A Fur Ban In The UK

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May received a letter from 31 of Britain’s biggest stars urging her to introduce a UK ban on animal-fur imports.

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK since 2000, but since then Britain has imported over £650 million worth of fur from countries such as China and Poland, where animals are typically bred in appalling conditions on fur farms.

The stars signed the open letter to show their support for the #FurFreeBritain campaign run by a group of prominent animal charities – Humane Society International UK, the Rspca, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Four Paws, Animal Aid, Brian May's Save Me Trust, Viva!, The Jane Goodall Institute UK, and Open Cages – and supported by social network Care2.

The following celebrities have added their names: Alesha Dixon, Alison Steadman OBE, Sir Andy Murray OBE, Bill Bailey, Chris Packham, Douglas Booth, Evanna Lynch, Fearne Cotton,
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Stranger Things' David Harbour and Fantastic Beasts' Alison Sudol Join Greenpeace Ship Headed to Antarctica

Stranger Things’ star David Harbour and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Alison Sudol are on board a Greenpeace ship heading for Antarctic waters.

They will help make the case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary backed by campaigners, scientists, over 40 international celebrities and 800,000 people around the world.

Following a Twitter challenge, resulting in more than 200,000 retweets in five hours, David Harbour secured a place on the Greenpeace ship alongside singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol. They have joined an expedition to gather scientific evidence of the need for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins.

More than 40 international celebrities have joined David and Alison as ambassadors for the ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign. From countries ranging from Argentina to China, Spain to Israel, the ambassadors include actors, presenters, explorers, musicians, chefs and fashion designers:

Gillian Anderson, Carlos Bardem, Javier Bardem, Sir Quentin Blake, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Gwendoline Christie, Lily Cole,
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Chris Packham: In Search of the Lost Girl review – the big picture via a small photograph

Another intense, personal and important film from the conservation expert. Plus: All Together Now, the talent contest with one hundred judges

Twenty years ago, while filming in Sumatra, Chris Packham took a photograph of a young girl. She was a member of a tribe of hunter-gatherers called the Orang Rimba, who lived harmoniously with their jungle environment. For Chris it was an immensely significant encounter.

Now, he’s going back to see if he can find her again. Not driven by sentimentality or nostalgia, though there might be a bit of that, but because he sees the girl as a sort of barometer, a way of measuring the condition of the planet. Indonesia – Sumatra particularly – has seen some of the world’s most devastating deforestation, millions of hectares of rainforest destroyed to make way for productive crops, mainly oil palm. “If she’s still out there, living harmoniously in that environment,
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Monday’s best TV: Two Doors Down; Silent Witness; Winterwatch 2018

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A lewd and prickly Burns night blowout in the Scottish sitcom; Nikki and Jack investigate a fatal road accident; and Chris Packham and crew check out the Autumnwatch critters

A timely return for the Scottish sitcom that mines wicked humour from its cosy cul-de-sac setting. Perpetually put-upon hostess Beth (Arabella Weir) is entertaining the neighbours again, this time for a Burns Night blowout. But while her hubby Eric (Alex Norton) anticipates some poetry and pomp, everyone else seems more interested in assessing the redecorated downstairs loo. With prickly social barbs, lewd observations and an excess of whisky, the bawdy Ploughman Poet himself would likely approve. Graeme Virtue

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2017 was a great year for autism-inspired TV | Letters

Ann Hickman on lessons to be learned from portrayals of autism on television and in film; Amanda Craig on the BBC’s Little Women

As a parent with two out of three children on the autistic spectrum, I nodded with many points by Jem Lester (Seen Rain Man? That doesn’t mean you know my son, Family, 30 December). However, despite the common feelings around having our verbal and non-verbal autistic kids, I feel that actually 2017 provided plenty of great autism-inspired TV.

I gorged on Atypical on Netflix, was intrigued by Chris Packham’s Asperger’s and Me, consumed another series of The A Word and concurred with The Good Doctor.

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Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees – exposing the dame's private shrubbery

What might have been an unpromising prospect is brought to life by the actor basking in the mystery and majesty of her precious wood

Judi Dench loves trees. Judi is a massive tree hugger. Judi looks at trees in the same way that other people look at vintage sports cars or newborn babies: benevolent, indulgent, endlessly astonished. Judi loves trees so much that she has been given her own programme in order to expound upon their magic. Well of course she has. She’s Judi Dench.

Some might insist that talking about trees is the job of Kate Humble or Chris Packham – preferably while parked on straw bales – or perhaps the voice of God himself, David Attenborough. But if anyone can instil wonder into viewers about the history of our forests, it’s Judi. Watching her surveying Britain’s oaks is the ultimate merging of national treasure and natural treasure.
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The Week in TV: Gunpowder; The Ganges with Sue Perkins; Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me and more

An all-star cast tackled the Gunpowder Plot, Sue Perkins grieved on the Ganges and Chris Packham came out fighting for autism

Gunpowder (BBC1) | iPlayer

The Ganges with Sue Perkins (BBC1) | iPlayer

Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me (BBC2) | iPlayer

H is for Hawk: A New Chapter (BBC2) | iPlayer

The Vietnam War (BBC4) | iPlayer

It is the filthy England of 1603, than which there were few lands filthier, and you can practically smell the dung, both animal and human, on the streets, but the new king, James I and VI, encounters only sweet nosegays and daintily wafted hankies. There’s no doubting that Jamie Saxt, the “wisest fool in Christendom” did much to continue that era’s shining cultural age – Shakespeare, Donne, Bacon and the other lads, and then there was that Bible. One area, however, on which he’s generally agreed to have absolutely manked up, not knowing his VIs from his Is,
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Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me review – a brave, ballsy film

The TV naturalist wants viewers to understand what it’s like to be him – ​and the results are brilliant

‘When you first lick the back side of a beetle that’s oozing a yellow fluid, and it’s bitter on the taste of your tongue as if you’ve licked a dirty old sixpence, and it doesn’t go away for an hour, that’s a really quite powerful thing,” says Chris Packham.

I’m hoping it’s back side, not backside. And beetle, not Beatle … Anyway, having spent his entire life hiding his form of autism, the TV naturalist is opening up about it. He wants people to begin to understand what it feels like to be him. Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me (BBC2), it’s called. And it’s brilliant.

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Spotlight: Humane Society International's Celebrity Supporters

Humane Society International and our partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations-backed by 11 million people. Hsi works to protect all animals-including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife-and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. With the support of our advocates and donors, we have advocated for strong legislation to protect animals. For example, in 2009 we helped achieve a European Union ban on trade in seal products, a major step toward ending the annual commercial seal slaughter in Canada. We work with local animal organizations in countries all over the world to provide direct, hands-on care to animals in need and spread the culture of compassion. Our campaigns strike at the root of problems affecting animals by providing the tools and resources to prevent animal suffering both now and in the future.

Sir Paul McCartney – has actively supported Hsi’s
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The week in TV: In the Dark; The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn; Who Wants My Council House?; Love Island

The BBC1’s new crime thriller suffered from a lifeless plot – while Chris Packham made the garden grow into hedgehog heaven

In the Dark (BBC1) | iPlayer

The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn (BBC4) | iPlayer

Who Wants My Council House? (C4) | All4

Love Island (ITV2) | ITV Hub

I watched the entire opening episode of In the Dark and for the life of me can’t remember the first thing about it. That’s a tiny lie. It wasn’t a cartoon, nor set in space, nor a documentary on tardigrades. It was – oh do wait, it’s coming – it was a cop thriller. Set probably by default in Manchester. Or Brighton, which is what the Beeb does for the tang of ozone and home in time for tea. It featured a ballsy, headstrong female ’tec in mustard and leather, angrily pregnant, ambitious, but having to go back to
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Nat Geo’s incredible Earth Live, hosted by Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan, shows us nature as it happens

Anything could happen tonight as National Geographic screen their most pioneering event yet — Earth Live. The unprecedented two-hour program takes us on a wild trip around the world as we witness species in a way we’ve never seen them before. In real time, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo networks in 171 countries will screen spectacular footage of the natural world from across six different continents and 18 time zones. The show will be hosted out of New York City by Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan, featuring a string of expert zoologists and naturalists including Chris Packham....read more
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Chris Packham talks Earth Live & McLaren & Badgers

Author: Colin Hart

Chris Packham is a TV presenter, conservationist and all round wildlife enthusiast who has presented TV’s The Really Wild Show and more recently BBC’s Springwatch plus its assorted offshoots. With his enthusiasm and unapologetic focus on propagating the outcomes of good science he can count a lifetime achievement award by the Wildscreen wildlife film festival, dubbed “The Green Oscars” amongst his various awards and has written many books on wildlife across the years.

Now he’s featuring in the presenting team, alongside Emmy award winners Phil Keoghan and Jane Lynch, for the new Nat Geo Wild show “Earth Live” which will connect to live cameras across the globe to present a compelling live view of important wildlife habitats. Describing it as “ground breaking” Chris will provide the factual support for the team and describes being part of it as being “an enormous privilege.

We ranged
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Monday’s best TV: May v Corbyn Live; Springwatch 2017

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Jeremy Paxman hosts a grilling in the battle for Number 10. Plus: the start of a three-week long wildlife surveil from the Cotswolds

More boing for your buck as the reliably great Springwatch operation relocates to sprawling Sherborne Park in the Cotswolds. For the next three weeks, Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan, Martin Hughes-Games and Gillian Burke will enthusiastically surveil the wildlife that inhabits the farmland, woodland and riverways of the expansive National Trust property, with streaming available daily from 4am on the Springwatch Live web portal. Graeme Virtue

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

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

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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