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Shereen's Sunday Interview with Gordon Buchanan

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 16:05 UK time, Monday, 10 January 2011

When I told my Mum that this week's special guest was wildlife cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan, she could barely contain herself. She's an avid viewer of BBC's Autumnwatch and it seems Gordon has become a bit of a heart throb.

When he came into the studios at Pacific Quay I noticed a lot of hair flicking going on and not just from the female members of staff. I swiftly whisked him away to the studio so we could be alone, for professional reasons, you understand.

If you, like me, were entranced by his latest BBC 2 series "The Bear Family and Me" then listen to the interview to find out what happened to the black bears Lily and Hope after the cameras left.

Gordon's own life story's an interesting one too. Like so many people I've interviewed, he stumbled into his career by accident. One minute he was a seventeen year old with no qualifications washing dishes in a restaurant, the next he was in Sierra Leona negotiating with tribal leaders to film their villages.

In the last twenty years he's travelled to the remotest, most unforgiving landscapes, chasing bears, whales, and volcanoes. But he tells me he still finds Glasgow on a Saturday night more dangerous! As you're reading this he's setting off on his travels again, this time to India, you can still listen to the extended interview below.

Joining me in the studio this week were Bill Leckie, Jane Graham, and Severin Carrell, always a combustible combination. They gave their verdict on the new look Sunday Herald, Bankers' bonuses, and the Eastenders cot death storyline. Needless to say they don't always agree and that's the way I like it.


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