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Snakes alive – Steve Backshall's back to collect degree

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 11, 2012

Former Exeter University student Steve Backshall, now known as daredevil TV presenter of BBC's popular children's wildlife programme Deadly 60

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Intrepid wildlife expert Steve Backshall yesterday ventured into the tame climes of Exeter University to be honoured by the institution where he once graduated.

The BBC wildlife presenter, who has visited 101 countries and caught more than 500 snakes, attended a ceremony at the university where he once studied English and drama.

It was the first of a series of ceremonies in which the university will recognise key figures with honorary degrees.

Yesterday writer and broadcaster Armando Iannucci, best known for his BAFTA-winning BBC series The Thick of It, was also recognised.

Honours will also go to John Hirst, chief executive of the Met Office, and Dr Russell Hamilton, one time South West NHS research and development manager and now director of research and development at the Department of Health.

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