Will appears regularly on television and radio to talk about astronomy and space. He has appeared as a guest and expert interviewee on BBC News, Sky News, Channel Five’s The Gadget Show, the BBC’s The One Show as well as the UK’s flagship astronomy programme The Sky At Night. Today Will also hosts live, online astronomy shows for Slooh.
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Since late 2014 Will has been the host of Slooh’s live, online astronomy shows. These typically feature real-time broadcasts of celestial phenomena – such as eclipses, asteroid encounters & bright comets – alongside expert commentary and interviews with professional scientists. Previous shows have also covered major space mission milestones, such as the arrival of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft at Ceres.
Previous television appearances
The Sky at Night
Will has appeared as a guest several times on the BBC’s long-running programme The Sky at Night, talking about all sorts of astronomical subjects — from observing galaxies and star clusters to chasing a solar eclipse. Episodes Will has appeared in include: Turkish Delight, Glorious Galaxies and Autumn Sky.
The Gadget Show
Will has also acted as an on-screen astronomy expert for Channel 5’s The Gadget Show.
In May of 2010, as part of a special piece on telescopes available to amateur astronomers, Will helped Gadget Show presenter Jon Bentley examine and assess three different kinds of scope.
Will returned to The Gadget Show in April 2014 for a short segment – filmed in the dramatic ruins of Llanthony Priory, in Wales – looking at some of the latest stargazing apps and astronomy hardware, including image-stabilised binoculars and self-aligning telescopes.
The One Show
Will first appeared on The One Show, the BBC’s live prime time magazine programme, in 2012. His role, in a special film about astrophotography, was to show presenter Jamie Crawford how to capture basic shots of the night sky with just a DSLR camera and a photographic tripod.
In February 2013 Will made his second appearance on The One Show, this time in a series of short, live segments filmed from inside the Brecon Beacons National Park. During the programme Will helped twenty local photographers take their first pictures of the night sky and also judged the best picture, which was then published in Sky at Night Magazine.
National and regional news
Will is often asked to appear on national and regional television news programmes to talk about the latest events and news stories in astronomy and space. You can watch some clips of some of Will’s news appearances below.
Programme screenshots above copyright BBC, Channel 5 & Sky News
Here are a few clips of Will’s appearances on television/radio and his presenting to camera.