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Old Wednesday 14th March 2012, 10:58   #26
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I would shoot all three. Watched Rugged wales last night and thought Iolo Williams was brilliant
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Old Wednesday 14th March 2012, 11:32   #27
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Watched Rugged wales last night and thought Iolo Williams was brilliant
I watched that too and, although I thought Iolo was quite good, I felt the programme itself was a complete mess. It seemed like ten programmes packed into one with no theme or sense of purpose. It darted around the country without giving sufficient time to each location. They also couldn't resist 'sexing it up' by including shots of Iolo abseiling, then caving, then jumping off cliffs, then sitting in a coracle, etc. I was exhausted by the end of the programme.

Oh, and I will miss Kate - a bit.

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Old Wednesday 14th March 2012, 12:00   #28
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I watched that too and, although I thought Iolo was quite good, I felt the programme itself was a complete mess. It seemed like ten programmes packed into one with no theme or sense of purpose. It darted around the country without giving sufficient time to each location. They also couldn't resist 'sexing it up' by including shots of Iolo abseiling, then caving, then jumping off cliffs, then sitting in a coracle, etc. I was exhausted by the end of the programme.

Oh, and I will miss Kate - a bit.

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I'm sure I had seen some if not all of this program before - especially the lapwings and canoeing. Was it a repeat or an amalgamation of previously shown material?

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Old Wednesday 14th March 2012, 18:34   #29
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Rugged Wales is a repeat and has been thrown together a bit not like first time round.
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Rugged Wales is a repeat and has been thrown together a bit not like first time round.
Thought so, my TV guide doesn't say its a repeat. He's a good presenter.
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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 11:07   #31
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Didn't surprise me too much as she is more involved doing farm & science type programmes. That's all the orginal presenters gone Bill, Simon now Kate.
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I have to say i will miss Kate Humble. Maybe she wants to expand do other programmes away from the normal Format that she wants to do with the Volcano programme

Michaela is still shown doing her 'older' wildlife shows (Michaela's Wildlife Challenge) on Channel 5 early in the morning along with Wildlife SOS. She appears with Ellie Harrison (Countryfile/Country Tracks) and Jamie Crawford (what has happened to him now)

'Michaela Wild Challenge'... Michaela is shown doing her thing for the younger audience, but it is still educational even for adults

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Old Monday 26th March 2012, 19:34   #33
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what a shame kate has gone.i thought she had a great personality.i will miss her.i hope the programme people will get michaela did a good job.but i would not like her full time.as she is great as a stand in but not full time.
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This is one of the things she's working on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...cano-live.html
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This is one of the things she's working on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/lat...cano-live.html
Sounds interesting - thanks.

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I actually thought that Michaela Strachan was fine once she got over the first episode. I think she had misjudged the tone of the programme at first, but soon mellowed out.

One person who has not been mentioned but who does have relevant knowledge (she's got a degree in zoology) is Miranda Krestovnikoff
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But Bill is coming back with the occassional guest appearance - hurrah!

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But Bill is coming back with the odd guest appearance - hurrah!
Hi PYRTLE

I agree, I think that Bill Oddie is starting to make a 'TV' reappearance even though it is not wildlife programmes (at the moment)

Recently, Bill appeared on a cookery programme on the TV.. along with another member of The Goodies.

He will work his way to the wildlife side of things sooner or later - and we will see what he has planned.

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Baker is excellent, a very under-used presenter. He is clear, authoritative, informed, and is not an overbearing screen-hogger. I like Packham a lot on Springwatch, but Baker could be better. Although a lack of antics and japery might be seen as a bit dull. Here's an idea, replace Martin with Nick Baker? Martin's ok, but he doesn't seem to know very much.

I will miss Humble, as she was ideal as the 'everyman/woman' asking the questions on behalf of the public. Strachan, sadly, is very poor and seems out of place to me. Alice Roberts or Charlotte Uhlenbroek could be good, but I expect they are overqualified and would not be keen.

I do wonder if Humble leaving will kill the dynamic, and spell the end for Spring/Autumnwatch? Viewng figures seem quite high still, but I for one find it harder each year to get enthused about the same badgers, red deer, foxes, nestbox birds etc. They do seem to have been almost everywhere now, and look at almost everything.
I agree except Martin also has a degree in Zoology so he's not as dense as he likes us to think he is.
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I agree except Martin also has a degree in Zoology so he's not as dense as he likes us to think he is.
Do you ever get the impression, like I do, that he's ever so embarrassed to find himself in front of the camera?
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Maybe but also I don't think his EGO is as big as CP's. I think Martin is in CP's shadow but actually has a lot to offer if only he was given the chance.
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Maybe but also I don't think his EGO is as big as CP's. I think Martin is in CP's shadow but actually has a lot to offer if only he was given the chance.
I didn't know Martin had a zoology degree (a First from Reading too, not bad at all), but I've been surprised at the times he's mentioned very common species which he's seeing for the first time on the show. Sounds like he's not much of a 'field' person, and doesn't seem very familiar with wildlife (a Zoology degree wont necessarily give you that in itself). Compared to, say, Packham or Baker who spend lots of time in the field (or have done).
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