Artist, comedian and national treasure Jim Moir is returning to Sky Arts in 2023, to front a new show in which he watches and paints birds.
Last seen promoting heritage crafts in The Prince’s Master Crafters (pictured above) for the channel, the new comedic ornithological series, Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir will follow Jim and his wife as they explore some of Britain’s best beauty spots, joined along the way by a few famous friends.
Their challenge for each of the six episodes in this first season will be to create an original piece of bird art that celebrates the species native to that region; expect to see some bearded tits, goshawks and bitterns on canvas.
The duo will be accompanied by local twitchers, artists and conservation experts. The new show doesn’t sound too dissimilar in tone to Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, which stars Jim’s erstwhile comedy partner Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, which has been a big hit for the BBC.
Jim Moir, said of the show: “It incorporates my two main passions, art and birds, and to be presenting it with my best friend and wife – one person – is an undiluted joy and delight.”
Nancy Moir added: “I’ve been birdwatching for the past ten years and it’s become a huge passion of mine so I’m looking forward to starting filming with Jim.”
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said : “Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir combines the joy of great art courtesy of Jim’s beautiful bird paintings and the glories of the British countryside and wildlife. We know our audiences love to uncover the processes that bring art to life and Jim will be unpacking the craft in his own unique way.”
The series begins filming in September 2022. It will air on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW in 2023.
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