Long before he set foot on the islands, Big Cat Diary and Springwatch presenter, Simon King, fell in love with Shetland. This extraordinary northern wilderness is home to otters and a vast seabird colony, but it was a chance encounter with a killer whale that compelled him to spend a year getting to know the place of his boyhood dreams for a BBC series. With his wife and young daughter, Simon experienced Shetland through the changing seasons and discovered the wildlife and the warmth of community in these islands battered by the North Sea. Their journey is filled with adventure, beauty, humour and occasional hardship as Simon discovers the true voice of Shetland.
Simon King was born in Nairobi, but moved to the UK in 1964. He has worked on programmes such as Big Cat Diary and Blue Planet and presents Springwatch and Autumnwatch. He has received EMMY, BAFTA and RTS awards for his work and was awarded the OBE in 2010.