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4 February 2022, 17:33
Michaela Strachan is best known today as one of the leading nature and wildlife TV presenters, but it could have turned out very differently.
25 years before joining the Springwatch and Autumnwatch team, Michaela Strachan started her TV career in the pop world, and even recorded a track that sadly didn't dent the charts at the time.
As a teenager, began her career as a presenter on Saturday-morning TV in the 1980s, including programmes like Good Morning Britain and Wide Awake Club with Timmy Mallett.
By 1988, she hosted Boogie Box on music channel Music Box, and the same year she joined up with music guru Pete Waterman as the 'Her' in Hitman and Her.
The show would air in the early hours on weekends, filming at various clubs across the country and following club-goers as they partied the night away.
Two years into the show, Michaela gave pop a go herself, recording the tune 'Take Good Care of My Heart' in 1990. Sadly, it wasn't a hit, reaching number 66 in the charts.
Her other song was a cover of Edwin Starr's 'H.A.P.P.Y. Radio', reaching number 62 in 1989.
In 1993, a year after The Hitman and Her ended, Michaela joined the children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show.
Eventually, Michaela would front other nature shows including Countryfile and Springwatch, teaming up with her former Really Wild Show co-star Chris Packham.