Springwatch: Michaela Strachan addresses missing show
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Springwatch is back on the BBC with Chris Packham and a number of regular faces returning to take a look at how the UK’s wildlife is coping in the ever-changing temperatures. And one fan-favourite back alongside the naturalist is Michaela Strachan following her series-long absence last year. She and Chris spoke to Cat Deeley as she stands in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV talk show on Tuesday to discuss how “difficult” Michaela found being forced to temporarily leave the show and watch from afar.
As the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill last spring, Michaela found herself having to leave Springwatch for a series as she was located in South Africa.
Due to lockdowns and travel restrictions, this meant Michaela wasn’t able to return to the UK for filming, although she still had input from afar.
Keen to hear how that impacted the star now she’s returned, Cat asked: “You actually missed Springwatch last year, didn’t you, Michaela?
“Were you stuck in South Africa?” Cat added, prompting the Springwatch star to delve into the details.
“I was stuck in South Africa,” Michael replied. “And it was very difficult to not be part of the team.”
“I bet,” Cat weighed in before Michaela continued: “Because Chris and I are mates, we get on so well and the show is more than just a job for us, of course.
“It’s part of our lives and it’s like a family that we’re very fond of. So I really missed it.”
However, Michaela did admit there was one aspect to becoming an audience member rather than presenter she liked.
Michael added: “But it was quite interesting though, Cat, sitting at home watching the programme as a viewer,
“And you know, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said as she turned to Chris and said: “You were very good.”
Cat, Chris and Michaela shared a laugh before her co-star spotted the opportunity for a joke.
“Thank you very much, thank you very much,” Chris added. “Well, Cat, I had a very peaceful spring without Michaela.
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“You know, in my ear making those remarks about how I appear to be an eccentric English gentleman,” he joked.
The Springwatch star added to his giggling co-host: “I got off scot-free last year.”
Normal order on Springwatch has been restored in 2021 as Michaela has rejoined the cast for the new series.
And her return has been lauded by regular viewers who have taken to social media to express their happiness at seeing Michaela and Chris reunite.
“Michaela and Chris back together for the show, out of lockdown for the first time since Jan 2020. I feel emotional! #Springwatch,” one Springwatch viewer said on Twitter.
A second added: “Great to see the Chris and Michaela double act back for Springwatch, love your expressions and Iolo and Gillian of course. Top work.”
Another echoed: “Michaela and Chris back together gotta love it #Springwatch.”
While a fourth added: “As someone who watched Michaela & Chris on The Really Wild Show as a kid, I always love to see them reunited on #Springwatch.”
Springwatch continues on BBC Two tonight at 8pm.
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