Springwatch viewers switch off as they blast 'irritating' presenters for 'talking down to their audience'

SPRINGWATCH and its "irritating" presenters have been ridiculed for "talking down" to their audience.

The eighteenth season of the critically-acclaimed show, hosted by Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan, aired again on Tuesday night – but some weren't happy about their presenting style.


The new series is set to air on BBC Two from Monday to Thursday for the next three weeks, bringing watchers some of the best of British springtime wildlife.

During yesterday evening's episode, Chris and Michaela gave viewers some exceptionally rare views of the lesser spotted woodpecker.

Despite the insightful segment, viewers weren't impressed and soon flooded Twitter with their views.

Alongside an array of angry-faced emojis, one person questioned: "Is it just me who can’t stand Springwatch? Totally missing the real issues in our countryside."

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Also unhappy with the show, someone else said: "It makes my brain go numb just thinking about Springwatch. It doesn't speak to its audience as adults – it speaks down to them."

While a third remarked: "Even kids shows have a rule of not speaking down to their audience. Simply awful."

Despite the bad reviews, the show was given an unlikely nod from multi-award-winning actor, Tom Hanks.

The long-running nature series was previewed on The One Show – and the Toy Story star was full of praise for the show.

After the feed cut away from Springwatch hosts Chris and Michaela, Hanks questioned: "Can we just say how great the BBC is?”

“You’re not going to get that live every night in the United States. That is just something else.”

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Viewers shared the clip of Hanks’s reaction on social media, with many approving of his take on the BBC.

“He’s right, you know,” wrote critic and broadcaster Scott Bryan, before adding: “British TV every day is some of the best in the world.”

Springwatch is available to watch on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.


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