SpringWatch with Bill Oddie, BBC2

by | May 29, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

When we were kids, we hated it when dad, in his slippers, insisted on watching some boring natural history programme when the other side was showing pop music or football or something with Lionel Blair in it. We’d never ever be boring enough to appreciate such shows, we imagined. But it seems we’ve reached that stage (minus the slippers). We loved this reality show where it’s okay for the participants to act like animals because they are.

What was good about it?

• The amiable amateurishness of Bill Oddie and Kate Humble, clutching their cuecards with almost as much desperation as Preston showed when he co-hosted Top Of The Pops on Sunday.

• The expertise of Simon King, shivering on the Shetland Isles but conveying his joy as we got to watch otters Ebb and Flo messing about.

• EJ the slutty osprey.

• The close-up footage of sweet little birds with their gobs wide open, hoping that mum or dad will shove a bit of fly inside.

What was bad about it?

• The infantile opening, with Bill Oddie rushing through a meadow, claiming he’s late for the start of the show. We nearly switched off, fearing we faced an hour of such silliness but he got more sensible and we didn’t even mind the gimmick of displaying the map of the UK on Oddie’s T-shirt with Scotland between his nipples.

Luke Knowles

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