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Philippa Forrester (born 20 September 1968 (1968-09-20) (age 41) in Winchester, Hampshire) is a British television and radio presenter producer as well as an author.



Forrester was educated at Westgate School, a co-educational comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, and at Peter Symond's College in the same city.


Forrester first worked for the BBC as a presenter on Children's BBC alongside Toby Anstis from July 1990 until 1994 (she was gunged on Get Your Own Back). She then went on to host many programmes including Tomorrow's World (with Peter Snow), Barking Mad, The Heaven and Earth Show and Robot Wars.

She also co-presented the BBC's coverage of the total solar eclipse of August 1999. At the end of the same year she was also part of the corporation's team covering the turn of the new Millennium, and was duped into appearing on the spoof documentary Brass Eye's notorious 2001 paedophilia special, in which she wore a large pair of gloves, and explained how a paedophile could use them to touch children through a screen, such as a television screen.[1]

She has appeared in television adverts for Lloyds Pharmacy[2] and supports the Recycle Now campaign to encourage more people to take up home composting.[3]

In 2007, she co-produced with her husband An Otter in the Family, a short documentary series about the adoption of an otter cub called Grace and their attempts to raise her as a wild animal in order to be released into the wild.[4] She is a co-presenter with Brett Westwood on World on the Move, a BBC Radio 4 series that started in 2008 on migration in the animal kingdom.

Forrester and her husband are currently producing a new four part series for BBC television, to be shown in the spring of 2010. In diary form, the series follows the wildlife to be found in the garden of their home near Bristol, UK, concentrating on the conservation and protection aspects.

Personal life

Forrester is married to wildlife cameraman and producer Charlie Hamilton-James[5]. The couple live just outside Bath, Somerset, run Halcyon Media which specialises in wildlife productions, and have three sons. The arrival of the first, Fred, in 2000, is described in her book The River.

She is an avid environmentalist[3] and took a part-time degree in Ecology and Conservation at Birkbeck, University of London when presenting Tomorrow's World. Her love of nature conservation has continued throughout her life and she is now the vice-president of the Avon Wildlife Trust. Phillipa also holds a degree in English from the University of Birmingham.[6]

Her job as a pit reporter for Robot Wars was highlighted in the British sit-com Spaced. In episode 2.3 "Mettle," Simon Pegg's Character Tim is explaining the name of the robot he and Mike (Nick Frost) built to Daisy (Jessica Hynes) and he says "Phillipa would have loved it." He goes on to explain that she no longer is on Robot Wars because she had a baby, and then asks Daisy to interview him and pretend to be Phillipa. The mock interview is conducted with sexually suggestive questions/answers about the robot. The joke ends when Mike enters looking off put, and Tim explains Mike usually likes to be Phillipa. [7]


  • The River Orion, 2004, ISBN 0-7528-5685-5


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