Speaker / Host
Philippa Forrester is an intelligent and charismatic presenter, an author, speaker and facilitator. 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 in the past has anchored many live specials and outside broadcasts.
About Philippa Forrester
Philippa Forrester has a first-class honours degree in environmental sciences and has recently returned from living in the USA. Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, during this time she worked for Nat Geo and spent much of her time in Yellowstone National Park, writing a book about Wolves. Now back in the UK she is based in the Southwest of England. She is massively eco conscious, drives an all-electric car and is passionate about the environment.
Philippa Forrester’s versatility is reflected in the variety of her live television work, ranging from the ‘Heaven and Earth Show’ to ‘Crufts Dog Show’. She has been chosen by the BBC to present several National events and important State occasions.
She has had particular success with non-live programmes such as the phenomenally popular ‘Robot Wars’ which she filmed for seven series. Live Events for the BBC include: ‘Eclipse’ which she presented with Michael Burke and had the highest ever viewing figures for a daytime TV programme.
Philippa presented the ‘Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations’ for three days with David Dimbleby, covering The Mall on the day of the procession. Anchoring ‘Crufts’ for four years. She hosted Zoowatch – a week’s live coverage following daily life at London Zoo and the ‘Heaven & Earth Show’ BBC1 with Ross Kelly.
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’ TX BBC1.
Philippa’s authoritative and intellectual approach can be seen in her success as a published author. Her first book ‘The River’ [published by Orion, 2004] is a humorous and autobiographical account of filming with her then partner in the countryside.
She has worked 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 read English at Birmingham University straight after leaving school and then studied Ecology and Conservation part time at Birkbeck College, London while presenting Tomorrow’s World and she walked away with a First. This has been put to good use producing and presenting for the BBC’s Natural History Unit! Philippa Forrester has produced and presented a series for ‘Animal Planet’ about hand rearing an orphan foster otter cub called Grace and returning her to the wild. The series also follows the antics of her tame otter Honey, and the wild neighbours that visit.