Lucy Cooke is a National Geographic explorer; award-winning producer, presenter and journalist; NY Times best-selling author and blogger with a background in zoology.
‘Lucy Cooke is an exciting new face for the channel, bringing a unique wit and insatiable curiosity to natural history programming. Lucy invites us all to think about the natural world in new and surprising ways you haven’t thought of before’
Charlotte Moore, controller BBC1
Lucy’s TV shows, books and writing aim to both educate and entertain; sharing her sense of wonder for the natural world through insightful stories told with warmth and humour. Her work embraces new media platforms and innovative cross-genre story-telling to breathe new life and bring new audiences to classic natural history content.
As a presenter Lucy’s latest primetime BBC 1 series, Talk to the Animals sees her travel the world meeting experts in animal communication and take part in field experiments that reveal what animals are really talking about. The two part series will air in early 2014.
As a writer-producer-director Lucy’s most recent hit Meet the Sloths, a one-hour documentary based on her original idea for Animal Planet, has won a series of awards including the prestigious Panda award for best popular documentary at Wildscreen 2012.
Meet the Sloths rated 7 times the slot average and Lucy’s production company Pink Tree Frog Productions has subsequently co-produced an 8 part Meet the Sloths series, which airs globally on Animal Planet in November 2013.
Lucy’s first book, A Little Book of Sloth, published in the US by Simon and Schuster in spring 2013, is a New York Times best-seller with rave reviews including a prestigious starred review in Publishers Weekly.
“Cooke writes with a firm sense of authority and a loving irreverence that lifts these pages far above most real-life animal books’
Publishers Weekly, *Starred* Review
A Little Book of Sloth has sold in Brazil and Germany and will be published by Hachette books in the UK in Spring 2014. Lucy is currently writing her first fiction.
Lucy was lucky to be one of Richard Dawkins personal students at New College Oxford where she specialised in animal behaviour, genetics and her great passion, evolution.
Lucy’s entertainment education was provided by working on series of award-winning British comedy shows with some of the countries brightest comic minds including Terry Jones, Jonathan Ross, Vik and Bob, Bill Bailey, Graham Norton, Alan Davies, Clive James, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
Lucy has since written, produced and directed award-winning documentaries of all lengths from EMMY nominated series for the BBC (Terry Jones Medieval Lives), to WEBBY award-winning online shorts for VBS (Vice guide to Liberia) to Academy Award nominated cinema feature documentaries (Wasteland).
After years behind the camera, Lucy made her debut as a presenter in 2012, hosting and co-producing her own series, Freaks and Creeps, for National Geographic Wild. The series is based on her own original concept and sees Lucy explore Borneo, Tasmania and South Africa to tell the quirky evolutionary stories behind some of the planet’s most peculiar creatures.
Freaks and Creeps was amongst the top ten highest rating series on Nat Geo Wild in 2012 and won best presenter-led documentary series at Wildtalk festival 2013.
Lucy’s irreverent Amphibian Avenger blog documenting her six month solo mission around South America investigating the amphibian extinction crisis became a ‘a media sensation’ (The Times) and attracted the attention of National Geographic, Huffington Post and TakePart Media all of whom she regularly blogs for.
Lucy has also written features for the Saturday Telegraph magazine, Mail on Sunday Weekend and Guardian. Her work for the Mail on Sunday travel section recently earned her the runner-up LATA travel writer of the year award.
Lucy is dedicated to raising awareness about some of the planet’s less charismatic and misunderstood species. She is the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society and has produced a series of viral videos about sloths that have had over 30 million views and raised thousands for sloth conservation.
Lucy is keen to experiment with non-linear story-telling and new media platforms. In addition to viral videos she has also produced an Adopt A Sloth App that allows children to care for their own pet baby sloth whilst learning an anti-trafficking message.
Time magazine recently dubbed Lucy’s efforts at promoting sloths ‘more successful than anyone has ever been at anything. Ever.’
In 2012 Lucy was awarded a prestigious National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award for using innovative story-telling and new media platforms to bring conservation stories to a new audience.
Lucy is an accomplished public speaker and her irreverent tales have entertained audiences at the high profile National Geographic explorers symposium, the Idler Academy, Wilderness festival and Port Eliot Literary festival.
“Lucy brilliantly mixes information, gags and personal stories to create a fantastically entertaining and interesting lecture. She always played to full houses, too.”
Tom Hodgkinson, founder of the Idler Academy.
Lucy also lectures on conservation issues for high profile corporate and third sector clients including ZSL, Synchronicity Earth Foundation, IUCN and Sustainability 50.
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