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Old 30-01-2009, 12:43
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Truly shocked, but not surprised. It says he is 'taking a breather'. I'm not so sure.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre...30/oddie.shtml
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Old 30-01-2009, 12:45
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A lot of people didn't seem to like him, but I enjoyed watching him. his enthusiasm shown through and he really knows his stuff
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Old 30-01-2009, 12:45
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oh good, he got on my nerves so much, monopolising the whole programme and being totally dismissive and arrogant towards kate humble.
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Old 30-01-2009, 12:46
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oh good, he got on my nerves so much, monopolising the whole programme and being totally dismissive and arrogant towards kate humble.
see what I mean

he's like marmite
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Old 30-01-2009, 12:58
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see what I mean

he's like marmite
Yes, brown, sticky and smelly.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:00
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Yes, brown, sticky and smelly.
Vegemite is better it does not slip off the knife!
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:00
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A relative of mine met him and he was quite rude. I'm glad he's going, perhaps I'll watch it now.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:11
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oh good, he got on my nerves so much, monopolising the whole programme and being totally dismissive and arrogant towards kate humble.
He humbled the humble (I'll get me coat)
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:14
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Simon King (not the Hairy Baker or weatherman) is rumoured to be in the running to take over... if he does... well...

** flushes round the neck **

** Swoons **

Oh Simon, you make me go weak at the knees....

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Old 30-01-2009, 13:17
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He was quite rude to Bill Turnbull when BBC1's breakfast show linked up wth him and Kate during the Autumn watch week.
My mother can't stand him and will be thrilled.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:20
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I'm quite pleased, he has masses of knowledge, and enthusiasm, but he just doesn't seem to come across well, and as a previous poster has said, he is very dismissive of Kate, always interrupting her,

Apparently the line up for his replacement is a choice between Simon King, Gordon Buchanan, (the Scots cameraman), Ben Fogle and an outside bet on Alan Titchmarsh.

IMO they should bring Simon into the studio, and let Gordon Buchanan do what Simon used to.

Kate is used to working with Ben, but I don't think he is right for Springwatch/Autumnwatch, also he has a lot of other irons in the fire, he will be presenting a new 'Countryfile' spin off soon, chasing up stories that have already been presented on the original Countryfile programme, which is being moved to Sunday teatime soon.

It will be interesting to see which lineup the BBC go with.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:24
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I shall start watching Springwatch and Autumnwatch again, if this is the case. Knowledgeable though he is, I just find him very irritating. How Kate Humble put up with him I don't know - she must have the patience of a saint.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:24
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The ideal replacement is Chris Packham.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:24
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I expect Kate is pleased. Lately he just seemed like a grumpy old git. I don't dislike the man but pleased he's gone.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:25
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Eternally rude and pompous old git. Good riddance.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:37
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He was quite rude to Bill Turnbull when BBC1's breakfast show linked up wth him and Kate during the Autumn watch week.
That was just bizzare lol
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:39
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This is great news, at last! gone!

Kate Humble must have the patience of a saint, the number of times he interrupted her, it was so rude.

Now we can get on with a much improved program
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:43
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I'm quite pleased, he has masses of knowledge, and enthusiasm, but he just doesn't seem to come across well, and as a previous poster has said, he is very dismissive of Kate, always interrupting her,

Apparently the line up for his replacement is a choice between Simon King, Gordon Buchanan, (the Scots cameraman), Ben Fogle and an outside bet on Alan Titchmarsh.

IMO they should bring Simon into the studio, and let Gordon Buchanan do what Simon used to.

Kate is used to working with Ben, but I don't think he is right for Springwatch/Autumnwatch, also he has a lot of other irons in the fire, he will be presenting a new 'Countryfile' spin off soon, chasing up stories that have already been presented on the original Countryfile programme, which is being moved to Sunday teatime soon.

It will be interesting to see which lineup the BBC go with.
Please, please, not Ben Fogle.
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Old 30-01-2009, 13:47
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I would have thought Simon King would prefer to be out and about with his camera .
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Old 30-01-2009, 14:00
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The ideal replacement is Chris Packham.
Great idea. IIRC, he did a film for Autumnwatch when it was last on (err, in the Autumn).

He's as knowledgeable as Oddie, but not as irritating.
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Old 30-01-2009, 14:04
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Great idea. IIRC, he did a film for Autumnwatch when it was last on (err, in the Autumn).

He's as knowledgeable as Oddie, but not as irritating.
Was that the film from the New Forest? Thought it (and he) was very good.
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Old 30-01-2009, 14:05
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I would have thought Simon King would prefer to be out and about with his camera .
And yes, he would I think. Friend worked on the programme for a bit and said Simon was very keen on the all night filming when everyone else was keen to go to the pub!! Nice bloke though
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Old 30-01-2009, 14:35
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Please not Ben Fogle. I've hated him ever since he was on Castaway - irrationally, as he's never really done anything to offend, but he's just... so... Ben Fogle-y...
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Old 30-01-2009, 15:15
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Truly shocked, but not surprised. It says he is 'taking a breather'. I'm not so sure.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pre...30/oddie.shtml
There must be a God after all.
So far, the best bit of news for 2009.
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Old 30-01-2009, 15:22
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Fantastic news!

I hope the cat hating Chris Packham doesn't take over though.
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