Meet our Presenters

Chris Serle

Chris Serle

Chris Serle was born and brought up in Bristol and educated at Clifton College and Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied modern languages. He then spent four years travelling around Ireland, the UK, the Continent and the USA working as an actor. In 1969 he joined the BBC as a radio producer.

After five years with Radios 2 and 4, and some moonlighting appearing in sketches in DAVE ALLEN AT LARGE on BBC TV, he transferred to BBC Television as producer on the PARKINSON show. He moved into full time reporting on THAT'S LIFE with Esther Rantzen and then made three series of IN AT THE DEEP END in which he learnt skills including ballroom dancing, snooker, opera-singing and skippering a yacht in the Fastnet Race. He presented THE COMPUTER PROGRAMME, SECRET COASTLINE, SAILAWAY and WINDMILL the BBCs archive series. He has presented coverage of the Motor Show, Farnborough and Fairford Air Shows, PEOPLE, 60 MINUTES, LWTs FRIDAY NOW and POINTS OF VIEW.

He launched BBC Daytimes successful daily live series GENERAL HOSPITAL and presented ITV Wests series SECRET UNDERGROUND and GREAT COUNTRY HOUSES. For ten years he has been the voice of MONKEY BUSINESS about a primate rescue centre in Dorset.

He has scripted and presented many radio programmes including the award-winning science series ONE STEP BEYOND, MAKE GERMAN YOUR BUSINESS, PLAY IT AGAIN on the electrification of music, and FRAME IT a series about photography. From 1991 to 1998 he presented Radio 4's PICK OF THE WEEK. For three years he presented a daily live show on BBC Radio Bristol.

Current projects include business training with Front Foot Media and a new TV series about classic cars.

Chris is no stranger to ocean voyages. In 2001 he sailed on two legs of the Global Challenge Round the World yacht race including a gruelling 6,000-mile trip from Buenos Aires, around Cape Horn and across the Southern Ocean to New Zealand. He has adapted to the less Spartan conditions of the luxury cruise liner but if you see him leaning on the leeward rail scanning the horizon he may still be dreaming of a hard bunk, harder rations and a set of sails perfectly on the wind.

Chris lives in Bristol, is married and has two grown up sons. His recreations include jazz, silent films, keeping roadworthy a small collection of elderly cars and hospital radio for children.

Chris Serle