Johnny Kingdom, who has died aged 79 in an accident involving a digger, wore many hats during his lifetime, including spells as a farm labourer, poacher, quarryman, lumberjack and even a gravedigger at his parish church in the village of Bishop’s Nympton on Exmoor. But in 2006 he became an unlikely television celebrity when his wildlife documentary series, Johnny Kingdom: A Year On Exmoor, was broadcast on BBC Two. In contrast to the usual clean-cut run of wildlife presenters, Kingdom embodied a rough-hewn elementality. With his ruddy complexion, thick moustache, tattooed forearms and rasping Devonshire accent, he prowled the moor wearing a hat stuffed with buzzard and pheasant feathers, and... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Johnny Kingdom, poacher turned wildlife filmmaker – obituary
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POPULAR wildlife documentary maker Simon Reeve has revealed that he was so depressed as a teenager that he thought about ending his life. The Tropic of Capricorn presenter revealed that after dropping out of school he considered jumping off a motorway bridge in London. He revealed the shocking story in new autobiography, Step By Step, which is being serialised by the Mail On Sunday. The presenter wrote that he had a “loving family” but had spent years in trouble at school, including setting off fireworks and carrying a “huge Rambo knife”. He wrote: 'Now I was 17 I had dropped out of school and my life was in chaos: no qualifications, no girlfriend, no prospects. “I had thought for weeks about using a kitchen knife on myself, about taking handfuls of pills. I thought about stepping in front of a train or a Tube.” But Simon says that he “chose life” when he was on the bridge. He wrote: “Then I thought about falling in front of a … [Read more...] about Wildlife presenter Simon Reeve says he came close to taking his own life during ‘troubled teenage years’
Cornwall 23 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-44454065 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Viewers captivated by wildlife documentaries like Blue Planet II are increasingly disturbing coastal wildlife, conservationists claim.Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust said the "amazing" programmes may have … [Read more...] about Blue Planet fans ‘disturbing wildlife’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 May 2018 Franki Berry A student filmmaker is creating a documentary about endangered penguins which will be screened to BBC professionals. Tom Parry Park Street local Tom Parry needs £3,850 in funding to make his debut film, entitled A Place for Penguins. Endangered African Penguin colonies have dropped by 60 per cent in less than fifteen years and scientists at the University of Cape Town are concerned the species could be wiped out in just eight years time. The film will follow conservationists from BirdLife South Africa who are trying to save the species from extinction - with their Penguin Colony Project. Christina Hagen and her team are trying to recolonise the traditionally island species inland, at the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Platenberg Bay. In theory the penguins will relocate to these areas when they hear recorded bird calls and see other model penguins - tricking them into thinking a colony already exists. Tom said: “Even though it … [Read more...] about St Albans student creating documentary about innovative solution to save endangered African Penguins
HE was recently back on our screens in the epic new Blue Planet series and his voice is one of the most recognisable on the planet. But how old is David Attenborough and who were his brothers? Here's what you need to know. How old is David Attenborough and what series has he presented? Sir David Attenborough is a 91-year-old veteran broadcaster, who was born on May 8, 1926, in Isleworth, London. He is best known for presenting the nine Life series – which surveyed animal and plant life on planet earth. David, who was born in Isleworth, west London, is also known for narrating Wildlife On One (1977 - 2005), and over 50 episodes of Natural World. He later narrated The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006) and Frozen Planet (2011). He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, and 3D. More recently, he has been narrating BBC One’s first 4K Ultra HD production, Life Story, since October 2014 - as well as Waking Giants. He also … [Read more...] about How old is Sir David Attenborough, what documentaries has he presented and who were his wife and brothers?