Michael Palin will join Sir David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Liz Bonnin on the new series of Tweet of the Day, this September.
The daily 90-second Radio 4 broadcast that has previously woken the nation to the tweets of various British birds will expand to scour the entire globe for weird and wonderful birdsong.
David Attenborough will kick off the new international show with the sounds of the blue bird-of-paradise, from New Guinea. “When you first hear the call of the blue bird-of-paradise, it utters a sound so un-birdlike you could be forgiven for thinking it came from some form of electronic device hidden nearby in the New Guinea forests,” he says.
“Having explored some of the richness and variety of British birds over the past year, I am delighted now to have the opportunity to venture beyond these shores and revisit through birdsong some of the extraordinary and far flung places I have been fortunate enough to visit during my career,” continues Attenborough. “Many species will bring back strong memories for me throughout the series, for example the hyacinth macaw, the emperor penguin and the majestic wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean.”
Michael Palin will present the final 20 episodes of the series in early 2015. The well-travelled presenter, of Pole To Pole and Full Circle fame, explains how he’s been fascinated by nature he’s seen while globetrotting. “Early morning birdsong is often the first thing to alert me to the fact that I’m somewhere new and different,” he says.
Radio 4’s controller, Gwyneth Williams, is pleased that Tweet of the Day has captured the imagination of the listeners: “It’s a wonderful way to start the day, and I look forward to many more birds from around the world joining our dawn chorus.”
The Tweet of the Day international series will begin in September on BBC Radio 4