Philippa Forrester – Television Presenter, Conference Facilitator and Awards Host.
Philippa Forrester has presented some of the landmark series of the past two decades; the majority of the shows were live and in many cases unscripted. She has evolved from children’s CBBC via Tomorrow’s World and the Heaven and Earth series, interspersed with the high rating Robot Wars and the emotional ups and downs of Zoo Watch.
An infectious sense of humour has enhanced shows such as the hugely successful Robot Wars – 5 Series, Barking Mad, where some very odd pet behaviour (and that of some owners) was analysed by the experts and the BBC’s coverage of CRUFTS which she took to new heights.
Aside from Tomorrow’s World. Philippa’s TV Science credentials also include: Dreamwheels – exploring the future for travellers; fronting the BBC’s coverage of The Eclipse (21 mill. viewers) and a prime role in the BBC’s Millennium Night Marathon.
Despite a packed presenting schedule in 1998 Philippa gained a 1st Class Honours from London University – (Ecology and Environmental Science) – her 2nd degree.
In 2000 and 2001 she brought her passion for the natural world to a raft of projects for the BBC Natural History Unit – including Clever Critters, Wild Within, Robo Critters and Making Animal Babies – a passion first aired when she fronted BBC’s Zoo Watch and her work at Tiggywinkle’s Animal Hospital came to notice.
Along with her husband, Philippa Forrester has become a wild-life producer of films, with the exquisitely crafted multi-award winning My Halcyon River which was shown on BBC 1 – and told of a year in the life of the river which runs past her window, and the wildlife it hosts.
She is passionate about conservation and the ecology of our planet so it is hardly surprising that 2008 she was asked to present a weekly ‘live’ radio programme on behalf of the Natural History unit called World on the Move which followed the world migrations of such animals Monarch and Painted Lady Butterflies, Grey and Humpback Whales, Ospreys, Toads, Top Geese, Grave yard Bats, Salmon, Eels and Jellyfish – etc. This was at the time, the largest Natural History event commissioned on BBC Radio 4.
Charismatic, intelligent and dynamic, Philippa Forrester brings a fresh touch to all her work combining her, warmth, sense of fun, natural authority and journalistic instinct.