Fiona Pitcher

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

October 31st What does it take to get some of those magic wildlife moments? The adventures, the risks, the frustrations, and the comedy………… All will be revealed when award-winning wildlife broadcaster FIONA PITCHER delves deep into her “WILDEST DREAMS”. Sponsored by MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE

Fiona Pitcher a creative TV professional

Fiona Pitcher wins business and delivers the best from people in sometimes extraordinary circumstances – leading teams and presenters up to 100-strong in the African bush, across continents and right around the UK. Fiona has many years’ experience as an executive producer and commissioner on more than 50 series across all factual genres. She has been part of award winning teams – winner of BAFTA, RTS and Emmy awards. Most recently she created the BBC wildlife primetime hits Springwatch and Autumnwatch, Big Cat Week and a has been a key supplier to the One Show.

An exceptional executive producer

As Executive Producer for the BBC Natural History Unit for almost 12 years, Fiona Pitcher has delivered high quality fast turn-round films and television formats for top shows. She generated over 250 films for the One Show and created a successful new ‘animal soap’ format for Big Cat Week on BBC One (peak audience 7 million).

Fiona led the biggest ever live wildlife outside broadcast – Springwatch – as well as launching Autumnwatch for BBC Two. As part of an award winning team, Fiona helped raise £5 million for the blue chip South Pacific series which won an Emmy and Best in Festival in the US and was a global hit on YouTube.

Earlier in her career, Fiona was Commissioning Editor and acting Head of BBC Learning. She spearheaded new approaches such as working for the first time with advertising agency Bartle, Bogle and Hegarty to create an adult literacy campaign with 30-second promos, Read and Write Together which won an RTS Education award. She commssioned multi-channel and cross-platform campaigns on men’s health – The Trouble with Men for BBC Two, and cancer, The Big C, for BBC One.

Fiona Pitcher is a graduate of the London School of Economics – B.Sc (Econ) in Government – First. She is also a postgraduate of the Centre for Journalism Studies, Cardiff (Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism – Distinction).


Springwatch “This surefire winner… with coverage such as this, you never need to venture outdoors.” The Times

South Pacific “If you took away the licence fee, only an infinitesimally small percentage of people would ever be lucky enough to see the wonders on display in thei fabulous six-part wildlife series.

“No licence fee and no turquoise waters, meat-eating caterpillars or happy fruit flies – and we would all be the poorer for it ….. it offers the perfect blend of reverence and accessibility.” David Chator – The Times

“Utterly fascinating” Financial Times

“Truly magical” Mail on Sunday

Just look at the clip ….. could be a contender for TV moment of the year. TV Scoop

Super Slo-mo Surfer! – South Pacific – on YouTube »

Decade of Discovery “Incredible footage ….. a startling and entertaining reminder that the age of natural wonders is far from over.” Daily Mail

Fiona Pitcher’s Agent David Foster Management


  1. Fiona Pitcher 31/10/2011.
    I think it is good to be reminded that, when watching wildlife programmes, that va
    st amounts of tedium and monotony are involved to capture `that` shot at the
    precise moment when it happens!

    Weeks of vigilance can, in lots of cases, result in nought!
    A flower, from bud to opening, is a prime example-time lapse photography over
    a very extended period is employed and yet the outcome may only take a
    moment of television time .
    The team turning up for an almost `watertight` wildlife event is further proof that
    even the most organised trip cannot offer guaranteed outcome.

    Unlike supposed `civlised` society, where humans do unto their fellow beings som
    e debase and wicked things for gain of one sort or another, the animal
    kingdom,in the main,is ruled by a need to kill or be killed just to survive!
    Fiona Pitcher, in her very interesting and well thought out presentation, outlined
    some of these events and showed us some quite humourous moments(the
    evening started off with a leopard on top of a motor vehicle with the sun roof
    opened and one of her collegues down below poised for the moment when the
    animal, somewhat co-operatively,did her ablutions through the open roof, and
    deflty caught the resultant `poo` in a cup-obviously for analysis at a later date! An
    other thoroughly enjoyable evening in the company of others of a like mind who
    enjoy the high standards of the productions.

    Jennifer Kersey

    A Life in Wildlife Television
    The Society’s 3rd Presentation last Monday evening was entitled ‘Wildest Dreams’ and featured Fiona Pitcher, who until earlier this year had been Executive Producer with the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol for the past twelve years.

    Fiona is a trained journalist and following an apprenticeship on local newspapers she made the move into television after being accepted as a trainee. She has worked in various aspects of TV production and was appointed into the Natural History Unit in 1999. It was in this position that she was responsible for such well-known and critically acclaimed productions as ‘Springwatch’, ‘Autumnwatch’ and ‘Big Cat Diary’, these productions becoming hits at primetime on both BBC 1 and BBC 2. She also lead the global team that created ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’, a six part landmark TV series on this beautiful and vast region for BBC TWO which has won numerous awards, particularly for its risk-taking final environmental programme.

    Fiona has a very natural style as a public speaker and she effortlessly linked the different segments of her talk with the use of video clips from the various productions that she was responsible for. This enabled her talk to develop and encompass a large portfolio of her work. We were thus transported from the parochial wildlife featured in ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Autumnwatch’ to the harsh and unforgiving environs of Kenya in ‘Big Cat Diary’ where we followed the accounts of lions, cheetahs, and leopard in a soap opera treatment which was aided by attributing human names to the individual cats. This innovative approach allowed the series to be appreciated by a wider audience allowing iconic TV wildlife moments into the living rooms of millions.

    My personal highlight was the segment on ‘South Pacific – Big Waves’ where the awe-inspiring grandeur of immense Pacific breakers was captured in breath catching definition and the inclusion of footage from beneath the breakers emphasized the imposing power of this force of nature. Another highly entertaining and informative evening for society members.

    The evening was sponsored by Michael and Julia Payne.

    Robert Pearce Locum Press Officer

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