Strictly star Hamza Yassin is reportedly set to get his own nature show after he proved such a hit with viewers.
The BBC are said to be keen in signing the wildlife presenter, 32, who is known for his work on Let’s Go for a Walk and Ranger Hamza’s Eco Quest, for his own project, unnamed at the moment.
Hamza is one of the breakout stars of this year’s Strictly, consistently scoring high on the leader board with partner Jowita Przystal and never being placed in the bottom two, despite being relatively unknown compared to the show’s bigger names.
As early as October, viewers were predicting that Hamza could be the next David Attenborough, and now it seems the BBC are keen to turbo charge his careeer, post- Strictly.
A TV insider told The Sun: “He’s been nothing short of a sensation on Strictly this year, coming from being a virtual unknown to becoming a huge favourite among viewers and judges alike.”
The source went on: “His popularity is as much to do with his personality and humility as anything else — and that’s what bosses are keen to develop further.”
Hamza studied zoology at Bangor University, then gained a masters in biological photography at Nottingham.
He moved to a remote village in Scotland, on the peninsula of Ardnamurchan in Lochaber, after a university friend took him for a holiday.
For nine months, he lived in his car, spending days photographing the local eagles, otters, stags and pine martens. He’s said it’s where he “cut his teeth” as a wildlife cameraman and now considers himself “a Scotsman”.
It seems that it’s not just work where the TV presenter is in demand, as he recently revealed he has been bombarded with saucy proposals from viewers.
Hamza said: “I have been getting loads of messages. Let’s just say I’m getting people declaring their love for me.”
He continued: “It’s pretty weird as all you hear is, ‘We love you, Hamza!’ It’s kind of crazy.
“I think it’s amazing that people are supportive – it’s fantastic – but I’m not used to it.”
However, living in such a remote area, and constantly travelling for work throws a big spanner in the works when it comes to finding love.
Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “My job doesn’t really allow for a relationship. How can you sustain a relationship, like: ‘I’m sending you a text message from a satellite phone, because I’m in the Arctic for two months’.
“It’s more of a job kind of problem, rather than a place, though the place definitely adds to it.”
And he joked if he was to join a dating app he’d have to “set the net at 150 miles” before confessing he does feel isolated at least once a year when he has a “down day”.
The Mirror has approached Hamza and the BBC for comment.