Chris Packham: Fans and critics react to controversial climate change documentary

Is It Time to Break the Law? sees the nature presenter tackle an existential crisis

Chris Packham: Is It Time to Break the Law? (Channel 4)
Chris Packham: Is It Time to Break the Law? (Channel 4)

Chris Packham's Is It Time to Break the Law? documentary has received a number of passionate reactions after airing on Channel 4.

The documentary sees Packham tackle the climate crisis from a personal perspective as he investigates whether it would be worth breaking the law to avoid climate catastrophe as other methods of protest have failed.

Packham looks at the consequences of rising temperatures across the globe and investigates the actions of climate activists such as Just Stop Oil, who risk the threat of arrest and imprisonment with their protests.

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Packham ultimately expresses his support for activists willing to break the law in protest against climate change leading to mixed responses online.

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Chris Packham has become an activist against climate change. (BBC)

Home secretary Suella Braverman has reacted negatively to the documentary, appearing on Good Morning Britain to say: “I totally refute what Chris Packham and organisations like Just Stop Oil stand for. They take a militant, aggressive approach to prosecuting their cause. Totally unacceptable.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley also condemned Packham in a bizarre rant that compared the broadcaster to the IRA.

He said: "But what gives you the right to make that call? For example, there will be those that draw the parallel between what you are saying and what the political wing of the IRA or Isis would say to justify violence in support of their cause.

"They believed in it passionately with all their heart and soul and were prepared to risk an army bullet for the sake of the cause. It was their choice to break the law and they had to take the consequence."

Naturalist and television presenter Chris Packham speaks during the induction of Billy Bragg at the Music Walk of Fame on 9th September 2023 in London, United Kingdom. The Music Walk of Fame celebrates music's contribution to culture, society and the lives of people from all around the world. British singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg is celebrating his 40th anniversary as a musician. (photo by Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images)
Chris Packham has criticised the government's climate policies. (Getty Images)

But Packham did receive support from many viewers with one posting on social media: "What a masterclass that was from Chris Packham. Laying bear his soul, conscience and inner demons in an engrossing hour. Fantastic, thought-provoking TV."

Another said: "Perfectly timed programme from Chris Packham reflecting frustration with the sort of cynicism on climate change shown by the PM this afternoon. Totally agree with his empathy for disruptive protests."

Chris Packham: Is It Time to Break the Law? can be streamed on Channel 4 now.

Watch below: Richard Madeley challenges Chris Packham over campaigning.