Bill Oddie ruffled a few feathers during a presentation speech at last night’s documentary Oscars in London.
There was surprised laughter among the star-studded audience at the Grierson awards when Oddie admitted that he had found some of the films he was helping judge “boring”.
The comedian and wildlife presenter was on the judging panel for the science and natural history documentary award.
He said he found the science in some of the nominated films hard to fathom and the winner – Channel 4’s How to Build a Bionic Man - was the most intelligible. “It was the unanimous choice of us all, well most of us,” he joked.
Oddie had arrived on the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage to hand over the coveted Grierson award saying: “It’s nice to be invited to judge something, rather than being judged and coming up short.”
Most in the audience, including host Claudia Winkleman, laughed their way through what followed. But not everyone was amused.
Olly Lambert, who picked up a best current affairs documentary award for his film Syria: Across the Lines, said: “Thank God Bill Oddie wasn’t on my judging panel!”