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Why Springwatch is the ultimate reality TV show for our times

The producer of its first series says he was amazed by its success. Now it’s back again, he asks: does any other show have such a strong bond with its viewers?“Hours and hours of badgers doing bugger all.” That was the stark verdict of one member of a focus group we spoke to before launching Springwatch in 2005. As the first series producer, I feared he might be right.So we were both amazed and gratified by the response: 3 million people tuned in – more than were watching Big Brother. Who would have thought that knowing whether a brood of baby blue tits would survive the night would grip the nation? Springwatch, it turned out, was genuine “reality TV”. Continue reading...

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