Bill McGuire

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

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Biography

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.

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Book

Radio

Presenter

Producer Ruth Linton
Starring
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    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     
    Producer Ruth Linton
    Starring
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    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
     

    TV

    Presenter

    Producer Paul Bradshaw
    Director Milla Harrison-Hansley & Peter Oxley
    Starring
  • Matt Allwright
  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Professor Andrew Baird
  • Rod Bishop
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    BBC Television for BBC 1
     
    Producer Robert Strange
    Director Martin Gorst
    Starring
  • Robert L. Christiansen
  • Dr. Danel Dzurisin
  • David Lea
  • Dr. Jake Lowenstern
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    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'
    Producer Emma Dobinson
    Director Peter Chinn
    Starring
  • Edi Bakker
  • Michael Bernardin
  • Pavel Douglas
  • Kezia Everett
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    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'
    Producer Martin Williams
    Director Lara Acaster & Alex Williamson
    Starring
  • Simon Boxall
  • Phil Cummins
  • Chris Goldfinger
  • Richard Gross
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    Well received documentary following experts as they reconstruct the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to prepare for the next natural disaster.
    WGBH for PBS
     
    Producer Fiona Scott
    Director Fiona Scott
    Starring
  • Peter Baxter
  • John Grattan
  • Hank Heasler
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    Documentary. Experts investigate the drama surrounding Supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
    BBC Television for BBC 2
     
    Producer Bettina Lerner
    Director Mark Hedgecoe
    Starring
  • Professor Stanley Ambrose
  • Professor Bill Bonnichsen
  • Professor Robert Christiansen
  • Professor Henry Harpending
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    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

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

    Other

    Writer

     
    Daily national newspaper.