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Television Lecture: Chris Packham CBE

Chris Packham
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 7:15pm
The Barbican Centre, Frobisher Auditorium 1, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
In January, the BAFTA Television Lecture will be delivered by award-winning broadcaster, wildlife and natural world conservationist, photographer and writer Chris Packham CBE.

18.45   Doors Open
19.15   Lecture begins followed by Q+A with Liesel Evans, Creative Director UK Factual, Raw
Post Lecture reception in the Barbican Conservatory

Award-winning wildlife and natural world broadcaster, conservationist, photographer and writer Chris Packham CBE will deliver the prestigious BAFTA Television Lecture where he will share his personal view on creative excellence in television and his vision for the future.

Chris Packham’s career as a wildlife expert and natural world broadcaster has spanned more than 30 year.  As a broadcaster, Packham has presented many popular natural history programmes, beginning his onscreen career in 1986 when he was a presenter on the multi BAFTA-winning series The Really Wild Show.  More recently, Packham fronted popular BBC factual series Springwatch (2009-2018), which was awarded the BAFTA Special Award in 2011. He also embarked on a groundbreaking expedition to the Arctic for BBC Two’s Operation Iceberg (2012), which won the BAFTA for Factual Series at the 2013 British Academy Television Awards.   Packham’s other TV credits include Autumnwatch (2008-2019) The Burrowers (2013), Inside the Animal Mind (2014), The Wonder of Animals (2014), Weird Wonders of the World (2015-16) and Blue Planet Live (2019).

Chris Packham was also awarded the Wildscreen Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2016 in recognition of his significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and the public’s  understanding of the environment.

More recently, Packham explained what it was like to live with Aspergers in the BBC documentary Chris Packham: Aspergers and Me, which won two BAFTAs in 2018 and which was also nominated for Single Documentary at BAFTA’s Television Awards in the same year.

Packham was appointed a CBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to nature conservation.

The BAFTA Television lecture is a highlight of BAFTA’s industry events programme: we invite one of television’s foremost figures to give their personal view on creative excellence and their vision for the future, to inspire and inform programme makers and their work. The Lecture strives to drive the debate around creativity in broadcasting, in line with BAFTA’s charitable mission to bring the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and support the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally.  We do this by identifying and celebrating excellence, discovering, inspiring and nurturing new talent and enabling learning and creative collaboration.

Previous speakers include Jane Featherstone, Liz Warner, Tim Hincks, Lenny Henry, Armando Iannucci, Stephen Fry and Lorraine Heggessey.

We will be running a guest list, which will open 30 minutes ahead of the event. We will not be checking people in ahead of this time and there will be no waiting area available by the auditorium. Early arrivals can enjoy the Barbican’s public spaces. 

The event will be unallocated seating. If you have any access needs or requirements, please email us at eve[email protected]

Members tickets will be available to book from Wednesday 18 December, 09.30
Public Tickets will be available to book from Friday 20 December, 12.30

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