Is Chris Packham the new Jeremy Clarkson?

Programme Name: Springwatch 2015 - TX: n/a - Episode: Springwatch 2015 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Martin Hughes-Games, Michaela Strachan, Chris Packham - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jo Charlesworth

Now that Top Gear is off air, at least for now, I’m noticing its influence everywhere. You’d have thought that Springwatch, which I’ve dipped into before but never properly watched, would be the archetypal opposite of Top Gear, bar the odd joke about tits, but it turns out they’re both part of the same broad ecosystem.

Chris Packham, he of the teddy boy quiff, is plainly the Clarkson figure on Springwatch, strutting around the decking at RSPB Minsmere with that air of majesty that says: “This format is nothing without me.” The two sidekicks, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, are also surprisingly similar in type to Richard Hammond and James May: one an impish grinning foil for Packham’s cocksure bluster, the other a likeable chap with astounding hair.

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