Chris Packham feels Autumnwatch and its seasonal sister show Springwatch are so popular because they’re ‘not exclusive’.
Autumnwatch is returning for two weeks of new episodes, taking hosts Chris, Michaela Strachan and Gillian Burke around the country in search of breathtaking wildlife.
Now in its 15th run, Chris says what keeps people tuning in is their ability not to take themselves too seriously.
He told press ahead of the new series: ‘I think that it’s very much a show, it’s not necessarily a programme. So it’s it’s pretty light hearted.
‘Sometimes it can be very serious other times as well. But we’re conscious of the fact that we’re trying to appeal to a much broader audience than say straight natural history documentaries. And we never assume that people know things.
‘We invite people from beginners, you know, people who just picked up a bird book, and a pair of binoculars all the way through to experts. We try to speak to all of them.
‘It probably is the least pretentious wildlife programme. The door is open to absolutely every viewer, and we want them to come in, watch us and then go out and do it for themselves.’
He added that the locations are purposefully picked so viewers can experience them for themselves.
‘Everywhere we go on the watches, every location is accessible to the public,’ Chris said.
‘It’s not exclusive, it’s not something where you have to sit and hide for 15 days on a remote, special nature reserve where only scientists can go.
‘Everyone can come and put their feet where our footsteps have been and enjoy that wildlife.’
His co-host Michaela is back in the fold having been forced to miss Springwatch as she was unable to fly back from South Africa at the height of the pandemic.
The presenter ‘tuned in every day’ while she was away, and, after isolating upon her return, is ready to get back into nature.
‘I was so proud of what they managed to achieve. It’s such a difficult time. And technically, the programme was unbelievable. The fact that they pulled it off and pulled it off with such professionalism. There was never a glitch in the whole series. It was incredible.
Yeah I was frustrated to miss out. I’m really, really pleased to be back, and I’m really pleased that for two weeks, I can immerse myself in British wildlife and I have a particularly fantastic location this year.
‘I can just forget about the anxiety and the stress. And I’m here now. I’m absolutely chuffed to be back.’
Autumnwatch returns October 27 at 8pm on BBC Two.
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