David Attenborough

Grant celebrates pioneering natural history broadcaster Sir Peter Scott

Sir Peter Scott at Slimbridge

Scott, the son of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott, presented the BBC’s first ever natural history programme live from his studio lounge in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire in Mary 1953.

Today Slimbridge is a centre for science and conservation, and was opened to the public by Scott in 1946 to allow people to get closer to nature and promote the conservation of Britain’s wetlands and wildlife.

This week's best on demand TV

Catastrophe (Credit: Channel 4)

1. Catastrophe

Available on All4

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's acerbic comedy about a couple who get pregnant after a one-week-stand was one of this year's funniest new sitcoms. The second series has just started on Channel 4, and it's just as sharp, vulgar, and uproariously funny as the first. In the opening two episodes, the pair are adjusting to family life - and try to rekindle their romance with an ill-fated minibreak to Paris.

 

BBC launches online store

Top Gear

The BBC has launched a “treasure trove” of its content from the last 60 years.

BBC Store is a new digital service that aims to give audiences easy access to their favourite BBC programmes.

The website allows users to download individual episodes, series or bundles of several series of the same show for a one-off payment, which can then be watched through BBC iPlayer in a new My Programmes area.

This week's top TV: 26 October - 1 November

The Dresser

Monday

Scream Queens

E4

10pm


Pop stars Ariana Grande and Joe Jonas are among the all-star cast of Scream Queens 
(Credit: Channel 4/Matthias Clamer/Fox)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts star in sorority slasher flick Scream Queens, a modern take on a whodunit, where anyone could be the murderer, or the next victim.

New David Attenborough documentary series The Hunt comes to BBC One

An Arctic Fox (Credit: BBC Pictures)

The BBC has announced that a new seven-part natural history series, The Hunt, is to start next Sunday, 1 November, on BBC One at 9pm.

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the series comes from producers Alastair Fothergill (The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet) and Huw Cordey (Planet Earth, South Pacific). 

Radio Times hosts its first festival

Radio Times Festival

Radio Times has announced the line up for its inaugural festival, which will be held at Hampton Court Palace in September.

The programme includes talks from RTS award-winners Sir Bruce Forsyth, Melvyn Bragg and Peter Bowker, alongside masterclasses ranging from drawing with Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross to learning how to act on radio with The Archers’ Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge).

Our Friend in the West: Mike Gunton

Mike Gunton

Last week, I was standing in a fly-fishing shop in a small town in Montana telling the owner I worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. "Oh, so you're from Bristol," was his reply.

OK, he was a wildlife fan and did then ask if David Attenborough was my neighbour, but it does illustrate that Bristol and the NHU's reputation go far and wide.

I joined in my late twenties to work on the Attenborough blockbuster The Trials of Life. I thought I'd stay for the three years it took to make the series and then move on.