Michaela Strachan, TV and wildlife are, to most British viewers, inseparable.
If you grew up in the 80s and 90s you’ll likely remember the bubbly presenter fronting The Really Wild Show alongside Chris Packham and later, Steve Backshall, as well as The Wide-Awake Club. During the past ten years, Michaela has reported for the popular programme Countryfile, hosted a great number of wildlife shows for Channel 5 and more recently presented the Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series on BBC Two alongside colleagues.
Later this month, Michaela heads to Town Hall with her Really Wild Adventures show. She filled us in on her plans before then and what to expect from the live experience.
What I love in life is variety! And by variety I don’t mean the sort of variety shows that used to tour the end of piers and regional theatres when my Mum was a performer, although I probably would’ve enjoyed them at the time. I mean variety in life.
At the beginning of the month I was in Inverness to do Winterwatch for the BBC: four live shows looking at how wildlife in the UK survived the harsh season of winter. I then flew back to Cape Town, where I have a home, to film ‘The Great Penguin Rescue’ for a South African company. I’ve been helping to rescue and rehabilitate African penguin chicks and boost their ever depleting numbers in the wild.
In February I’ll be on tour with my new show, and coming to Town Hall in Birmingham. It’s a children’s theatre show adapted from my book of poems about adventures I’ve had whilst filming wildlife.
If you’ve ever wanted to find out why you should never try to outspit a spitting cobra, what polar bear dentistry is all about, or what on earth bonnetheads, nurses and silvertips are, book a ticket now!
Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures is at Town Hall on Sunday 17 February (3pm). Michaela will be signing copies of her book of the same name after the show.