TV & Radio Work

Chris Watson records for and makes programmes for BBC Radio 4 for the Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, England.

He has also recorded for BBC TV, and was one of the main sound recordists used by David Attenborough for his award-winning series of programmes which included The Life of Birds, The Blue Planet, Life In The Undergrowth, The Life of Mammals and Life in Cold Blood [due for broadcast in 2008].

Chris won a BAFTA for Best Factual Recording for The Life of Birds in 1998.

He has also produced the sound recording for BBC TV programmes Great Railway Journeys – Mexico; Big Cat Diary; Bill Oddie Back in the USA; Spring Watch; Autumn Watch and many others.

May 2007 - A Guide to Garden Birds

As part of the BBC’s SPRINGWATCH event, Brett Westwood presents a practical, informative and entertaining guide to help you identify the birds in your garden at this time of year.

March 2007 - The Reed Bed: The life and times of a Fenland reed bed with sound recordings by Chris Watson. The Radio Times reviewed his work as "reliably superb".

November 2006 - Soundscape - the Sea Swallow
6 parts starting 27th November 2006 at 1545 [UK time]

" This is a remarkable piece of radio and the BBC at its very very best." [The Radio Times]. This programme was a Sony Radio Award Nominee in 2002.

The warden on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland and the Eider farmer in Iceland both eagerly await the arrival of the Arctic terns and the onset of spring. Paul Young follows the amazing migration of two Arctic terns across the globe.

August 2006 - Water Song

"From the rhythmic beat of dripping stalactites to the immersive surge of breaking waves, and from the deep, low groans inside a vast Icelandic glacier to the almost-deafening roar of a waterfall, Water Song is "the music of another medium"; an exciting, unique composition based on the recordings of water sounds by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson."

March 2006 - The Oak Tree. Narrated by Peter France and produced by Sarah Blunt

The story of a thousand-year old oak tree in Northumberland promises a magical audio journey for the listener.

A Small Slice of Tranquillity
Chris Watson explores the nature of silence

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