Philippa Forrester / Speaker Profile

Philippa Forrester

Philippa Forrester

Philippa Forrester is an intelligent and charismatic presenter. She is best known for her experience in live television, most notably 'Tomorrow's World' she presented this alongside Peter Snow for seven years and during that time anchored many live specials and outside broadcasts. She is currently presenting BBC Radio4's prestigious new series 'World on The Move' Which is the largest project BBC's Natural History unit and Radio 4 have attempted. Following the migrations of animals worldwide. TX every Tuesday at 11am.

In 2008 Philippa was a guest presenter on BBC 2's 'Market Kitchen'. Other BBC live programmes include 'Eclipse' which she presented with Michael Burke and had the highest ever viewing figures for a daytime TV programme. She presented the 'Queens Jubilee Celebrations' for three days with David Dimbleby, covering The Mall on the day of the procession. 'Crufts' which she anchored for four years. The 'Foot and Mouth Special' which was a live discussion programme hosted by the BBC. 'Zoowatch' - a weeks live coverage following daily life at London Zoo which she hosted with Rolf Harris. And the 'Heaven & Earth Show' BBC1, a weekly 1 hour live discussion programme. Philippa co-hosted this show for two and a half years with Ross Kelly. 2005 saw Philippa make her debut as a radio presenter for BBC Bristol. She presented the Saturday morning show.

Non-live television credits include the phenomenally successful 'Robot Wars' which she presented for BBC2 for seven series and which contributed to FHM naming her the 42nd sexiest woman in the world (an accolade of which she is very proud!) Philippa has also presented many 'specials' and documentaries for the BBC's Natural History Unit. These included 'Making Animal Babies' 'Clever Critters' 'Man Meets Dog'. There were also three series of a pet behavioral programme for BBC Features called 'Barking Mad'.

Off camera, Philippa runs a production company 'Halcyon Media' with her husband Charlie Hamilton-James. Their out put to date includes the award winning, 'My Halcyon River' BBC2, (this was the Radio Times most requested repeat that year). 'The Wild Wood' BBC2, 'Tarka' BBC2 and 'The Restless River'.

Philippa's authoritative and intellectual approach can be seen in her success as a published author. Her first book 'The River' is a humorous and autobiographical account of filming with her partner in the countryside. She is currently working on the sequel alongside some children's books and regularly contributes article for magazines and newspapers, for example, Sainsbury's magazine, The Express and travel articles for the Mail on Sunday.

Philippa has two degrees. She took English at Birmingham University straight after leaving school, her second, Ecology and Conservation, she studied for part time at Birkbeck College, London while presenting Tomorrows World and walked away with a First. This has been put to good use producing and presenting for the BBC's Natural History Unit!


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