BBC legend SCRAPS all TV work after suffering from burn out | The Sun

BBC presenter Chris Packham has cancelled all TV work after suffering from "burn out".

The TV favourite, 61, who hosts popular wildlife programme Springwatch as well as the autumn and winter spin-off shows, will be taking a break for the next three months.

It will be the first time in nearly four decades that Chris will not be on our screens, but he admitted it was the right decision after feeling like he was "constantly running on a treadmill". 

"I'm not going to buy a Ferrari and run off with a 20-year-old,' he told," The Mirror. 

"I've never taken three months off work. Never.

"I can barely sleep I am so excited. I might have to ban [partner] Charlotte from the studios."

Chris revealed that he'll be using his well-deserved break to embark on a surprising new career.

He added: "I don't want any interference or disruption, I want to get on with it. It will be good to clear my head and focus on something completely different."

Chris is well known for being a passionate wildlife speaker and expert naturalist and has become a firm favourite with viewers over the years.

Although he will be taking a brief break from TV – fans won't have to wait too long.

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Last month, the TV personality revealed he has another show coming out soon about autism, which he was diagnosed with in his 40s.

He will be raising awareness about the disability in the new gritty TV show.

Chris explained the programme would detail the experiences of people living with autism and stated it could help to "improve things for everyone".

"I've just finished a series about autism," he told

The series will be a "two-parter for the BBC which will go out after Christmas, Chris shared.

"I've just finished a series about autism," he told

The series will be a "two-parter for the BBC which will go out after Christmas, Chris shared.

Talking about raising awareness of autism, Chris explained: "We see a lot younger males who are diagnosed earlier on, very significantly more. Women are better at hiding it, and hiding it is what we all do."

The wildlife expert admitted that he hid his disability for the "best part" of his life, until he was finally diagnosed at 40.

The BBC presenter confessed: "We hide it so that we can get on in life, so that we can move amongst society in a way which is "normal," but it comes at a great cost and particularly for those young women.

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One of the programmes Chris will be part of focuses very much on making sure that the disability is understood as not " a male-only condition".

He concluded: "It's very much a female condition as well and we need to focus a lot more effort on young women firstly, getting them diagnosed and then of course providing them with the support that they need."

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