Spring 2010 saw Philippa Forrester on our screens on BBC1 alongside her husband wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James and their three boys in a wonderful four part series following the wildlife on and around the river that runs close to their home. For four glorious weeks on Sunday evenings we were all transported into a magical world that Philippa and Charlie were able to share with us ‘Halcyon River Diaries’ Filmed over a year we watch them experience life on the river following the same group of animals through the various seasons. Philippa and Charlie run their own production Company ‘Halcyon Media’ that specialises in Natural History programming Previously best know as a TV and radio presenter this published author and travel writer now adds the title of Producer and script writer to her extensive portfolio.
What also may well not be so well known about this busy and versatile lady is that she has degrees in both English and a First Class Honours degree in Ecology and Conservation from Birkbeck College, London. She has also presented many documentaries for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. 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.