Bill McGuire

Science presenter for radio and television, fiction and non-fiction writer and journalist.

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Bill McGuire is an academic, broadcaster and popular science and speculative fiction writer. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London. His non-fiction books include A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to KnowSurviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet and Seven Years to Save the Planet. His current book is Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes, ranked at number five in the Guardian's Top 10 eco books.

Bill presented the BBC Radio 4 series Disasters in Waiting and Scientists Under Pressure, and the End of the World Reports on Channel 5 and Sky News. He has also contributed to countless other television and radio programmes and was consultant and main contributor for the lauded BBC Horizon films Supervolcanoes and Megatsunami - Wave of Destruction, as well as for the BBC drama Supervolcano.

Bill writes for BBC Focus, New Scientist, the Guardian, The Times, the Observer, and other magazines and national newspapers. He lives, runs and grows fruit and veg in the Peak District, where he resides with his wife Anna, sons Jake and Fraser, and cats Dave, Toby and Cashew.





ProducerRuth Linton
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    ProducerRuth Linton
    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4



    ProducerPaul Bradshaw
    DirectorMilla Harrison-Hansley & Peter Oxley
  • Matt Allwright
  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Professor Andrew Baird
  • Rod Bishop
    BBC Television for BBC 1
    ProducerRobert Strange
    DirectorMartin Gorst
  • Robert L. Christiansen
  • Dr. Danel Dzurisin
  • David Lea
  • Dr. Jake Lowenstern
    Popular documentary series exploring world science and technology.
    Pioneer Productions for National Geographic Channel
    How the Earth Was Made, series 1
    Emmy Award 2008: Outstanding Achievement
    13 x 90'
    ProducerEmma Dobinson
    DirectorPeter Chinn
  • Edi Bakker
  • Michael Bernardin
  • Pavel Douglas
  • Kezia Everett
    Documentary series. Bill McGuire helps to investigate the geological forces that combined to form our planet.
    Pioneer Productions for History Channel
    The Wave That Shook the World
    AAAS Science Journalism Award
    15 x 60'
    ProducerMartin Williams
    DirectorLara Acaster & Alex Williamson
  • Simon Boxall
  • Phil Cummins
  • Chris Goldfinger
  • Richard Gross
    Well received documentary following experts as they reconstruct the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to prepare for the next natural disaster.
    WGBH for PBS
    ProducerFiona Scott
    DirectorFiona Scott
  • Peter Baxter
  • John Grattan
  • Hank Heasler
    Documentary. Experts investigate the drama surrounding Supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
    BBC Television for BBC 2
    ProducerBettina Lerner
    DirectorMark Hedgecoe
  • Professor Stanley Ambrose
  • Professor Bill Bonnichsen
  • Professor Robert Christiansen
  • Professor Henry Harpending
    Documentary series. A platform for experts to explore and communicate their observations and discoveries in science and technology.
    BBC Television for BBC 2

    Executive Producer

    ProducerWilliam Hiklin, David Hunt & Rachel Scarrott
    Well received documentary investigating the geological reasons for the Haitian earthquake in 2010.
    Pioneer Productions for Channel 4



    Daily national newspaper.