Bill Oddie takes to the Hertfordshire stage
Go behind the scenes with TV's favourite wildlife man and his producer Stephen Moss
Fifteen years ago, Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss had arrived at the same place - on the banks of a reservoir in North London. It was during this brief encounter that they realised they had something else in common.
They were both life long birders who were wondering if they could turn their hobbies into jobs. They both worked in TV – Stephen was a producer of documentary and educational programmes whilst Bill was a starring in The Goodies. Happily, BBC 2 were astute enough to give them a series and Birding with Bill Oddie was broadcast in 1997.
Bill and Stephen shared the belief that there was a lot of mileage to be got from showing what birding was really like in the field, and not just the immaculate pin-sharp mega-magnified images of what was referred to as Blue Chip Natural History.
Reality, frustration, disappointment, joy and humour have always been integral ingredients in everything Bill and Stephen have done together, with several series of Birding with Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie Goes Wild, How to Watch Wildlife, and collaborations on the precursors of Spring Watch and Autumn Watch. Whilst much of their work features wildlife that you can see for yourself in Britain, there have also been spectacular expeditions abroad to various parts of Europe, and across the Atlantic, from Disneyworld to Patagonia.
Bill and Stephen will share memories and stories from 15 years of some of the most popular natural history series ever made, illustrated by extracts, some of which were so memorable that they ranked amongst viewers most requested clips - from Bill’s ludicrous attempt to swim with seals, to the breath-taking air display of a starling roost. And of course, although the show is called Un-Plucked, it includes all sorts of other wildlife, from Dormice to Whales.
The show is on at the following venues in Hertfordshire:
26th April: Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop’s Stortford. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk 27th April: Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. www.wyllyottscentre.co.uk 28th April: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. www.gordon-craig.co.uk
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