Chris Packham: Winterwatch host talks ‘lack of interest’ from stepdaughter Megan McCubbin

Winterwatch: Chris Packham presents first show of 2021

Chris Packham, 59, shared a hilarious clip of himself dancing while wearing a bucket hat and raincoat on Twitter, as he anticipated tonight’s episode of Winterwatch. The nature-loving presenter admitted that tonight’s episode is “so good” that he will be attending a solo “rave” due to ongoing COVID restrictions, despite his stepdaughter Megan McCubbins’ “lack of interest”.

Chris and Megan have spent lockdown together for logistical and health reasons, as they both worked on episodes of Winterwatch.

The nature enthusiast typed in view of his 450,7000 followers: “#Winterwatch is going to be so good tonight that, complete with my bucket hat, I will be attending a rave after the show.

“Due to the restrictions and a lack of interest from @MeganMcCubbin, it will just be me and two poodles. Man.”

Chris entered Megan’s life at an early age when she was only two-years-old after he began dating her mum Jo.

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Although the couple split when Megan was 11, Chris and his stepdaughter have remained close.

Jo is a nurse, while Chris’s partner Charlotte Corny runs the Isle of White Zoo.

Therefore to protect their loved ones from potentially contracting COVID-19, Chris and Megan chose to remain in isolation together.

Chris has Asperger’s Syndrome and spoke on the podcast How Do You Cope?… with Elis and John about certain implications of his condition. 

The star said that one of the difficulties is struggling to be “physically touched” by strangers or even loved ones, including Megan.

Chris shared: “I don’t like being physically touched by strangers, or even people I know to be quite honest.”

Speaking on showing affection to Megan when she was a child, Chris insisted that he knew it was important.

He said: “I cuddled her as a child, because I understood that was something I needed to do, but we don’t spend time embracing now.”

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However, sometimes Megan, who also works on Autumnwatch with Chris, will spontaneously give him a hug and he finds it difficult to reciprocate the gesture.

The TV presenter added: “Sometimes if we haven’t seen each other for a while, she comes up and insists on giving me a big hug. I just sort of close my eyes and wince.”

While in lockdown, the colleagues penned a book entitled Back to Nature: How to Love Life and Save it.

However, Chris described one irritation that he had with Megan while they were cooped up indoors together.

He recalled: “The one thing she did in lockdown that got on my pip was make a mess of kitchen. 

“Why make pastry? You can buy it pre-made. You get out the flour, you put it on the worktop and It goes everywhere – the floor, your clothes, the poodles. 

“I’m not a mess-maker. Flour is the work of the devil.”

Winterwatch continues on BBC tonight at 8pm.

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