Dan features in this week's TV Cream Creamguide:
Well, we know what this is, so let's instead delve into the postbag and a brilliant letter from Andrew. "More news regarding ex-BBC weatherman Dan Corbett. You'll remember he left the BBC in 2011 to take up a role at the MetService in New Zealand. I had a look to see what Dan's up to these days and he's still working for the MetService. I assumed he was doing forecasts on the television as he did at the Beeb, but that's not quite true. He does pop up in TV interviews when there's severe weather knocking about, but his main role is doing the video forecasts on the MetService website. I was thrilled to find that he does five or six forecasts a day, every day, all viewable online from the UK.
It's hard to believe, but he's even better than he was at the Beeb. Arms frantically waving about, colourful turns of phrase ('drunken octopus', 'big red gorilla in the corner of the room') sound effects ('VOOM!', 'NIAOOOW!') and silly voices ('no, not moving mate!') crop up all the time, and he even poses as the things being described (Dan loves his octopus). He'll even hop around like an Easter bunny. Top stuff and, needless to say, much better than the current Beeb standard.
Very little of his NZ forecasts on YouTube, so I've collected his best stuff over the last couple of months and uploaded them for posterity. Look out for his pick up sticks, string round a lawnmower and the aforementioned octopus/Easter bunny.
Anyway, I was writing this email to you last week, when... he announces he's leaving the MetService! Would you believe it? He's going travelling round the world with his wife for a few months (his make-up artist at the Beeb, apparently) before 'returning to the northern hemisphere'. Could he return to the UK? Watch this space.
Slightly annoyed that I've missed three years' worth of free Corbett. From what I saw, something of a Dan golden age, and he'll never have the free reign at the Beeb that he had down under, but it would be ace to have him in the UK again. He did visit the BBC weather team a few months back while on holiday (here's a photo tweeted by the Beeb so maybe it's a sign of things to come?"
"Even better than he was at the Beeb"?! Tough talk there.
I suppose the forecast videos were generally more -ism packed but I still miss Dan's 6 Music forecasts on a daily basis.