THE 72 year old, who has been awarded an OBE for his service to wildlife conservation, has appeared on a host of wildlife shows, most recently Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival on BBC1. Bill has two daughters, Bonnie and Kate, from his first marriage, and a daughter, Rosie, with his second wife Laura Beaumont. Bill and Laura live in Hampstead, north London.
You took a break from TV for a few years, because of health problems. Did you enjoy returning for Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival?
It was brilliant. I had so many supportive messages from people, which was lovely considering that I only filmed a short report on puffins. It was like the Bill Oddie Revival!
Will you be presenting any other nature series in the next year?
I hope to return to Newsnight again soon. I’ve been on twice before and I love getting my teeth stuck into a good debate on conservation matters. But I have to bite my tongue – unfortunately, I have a habit of losing my temper and get very facetious with MPs.
We hear you’re heavily involved in animal welfare campaigns, too.
I’ve been working with a number of charities. I’ve been to Iceland twice recently, for an investigation into whaling, and I’m working with FRONTLINE Spot On to help raise awareness of ticks and other pet–related diseases.