Intrepid traveller Shilpa Mehta is a go-get,
grab-the-bull, in-at-the-deep-end style of presenter with
a passion for the extraordinary.
Reporting from far-flung corners of the globe for
Pilot Guides and British BBC1's Summer Holiday,
she's not the kind of girl you'll find sipping cocktails by
the pool. She's far too busy riding wild horses, scaling vertical
cliffs or hanging out with lost tribes in the jungle. So far
she's journeyed to the heart of the Philippines, Spain,
Bali, Sulawesi, Tobago, Kenya, and Australia.
Stormchasing for BBC1's Twister series proved
a real challenge. Adventures included speedy off-road driving
to escape an impending tornado and pursuing lethal night storms
to photograph lightning bolts. Clocking up thousands of miles
to come face-to-face with violent storms and raging twisters
made for an unforgettable TV experience.
However, she's not just an action girl. With a degree
in the Philosophy of Ideas, Shilpa is also an explorer of
the Alternative and New Age.
This understanding qualified her as a reporter for DJ Simon
Mayo's TV show dedicated to turn-of the century madness -
BBC1's The Big End, where she conducted some
amazing interviews with real-life vampires and practitioners
of S'n'M tantric sex.
These are themes she also investigated on BBC Radio GLR with Andrea Oliver. Called 'Shilpa's PMT' (pre-millennial
tension), she reviewed all the latest concepts - from stellar
civilisations to the physics of angels - bringing a vibrancy
and energy that resulted in jammed switchboards every week.
This talent of expressing complex ideas in an intelligent,
fun, yet down-to-earth way created a rating's success for
the Alternative Health series she initiated for ITV's This Morning with Richard and Judy. She also features
regularly as one of their travel experts.
Shilpa's natural, honest and sincere style of communicating
was put to good use for her recent series as presenter of
Channels 4's Pl@net.com. Designed to save the environment, Shilpa could be seen inspiring and empowering
the next generation to make a difference - by reporting from
places as diverse as the sewers of London to the floodplains
of Bangladesh. She's also co-presented with Johnny Vaughan for Channel 4's Talking About Sex and led studio discussions
for ITV's Central Weekend Live with Nicky
Shilpa's passion for ideas and adventure make her a captivating
individual whose non-conformist, original approach guarantees
she'll take this millennium by storm.