David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough
David Attenborough, May 2003 Born 8 May1926(1926-05-08) (age 82)
London, EnglandResidence Richmond, LondonNationality BritishFields NaturalistAlma materClare College, Cambridge(Natural Sciences) Notable awards Order of Merit
Order of the Companions of Honour
Royal Victorian Order
Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of Zoological Society of London
Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FZS (born on 8 May 1926 in London, England) is a broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the respected face and voice of British natural history programmes has endured for more than 50 years. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine "Life" series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all terrestrial life. He is also a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.
He is the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough.
- 1 Early life
- 2 First years at the BBC
- 3 BBC administration
- 4 Major series
- 5 Other work
- 6 Achievements, awards and recognition
- 7 Parodies and artistic portrayals
- 8 Views and advocacy
- 9 Television work
- 10 Books
- 11 Audio recordings
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Attenborough grew up in College House on the campus of University College, Leicester, where his father, Frederick, was principal. He was the middle of three sons (his elder brother, Richard, became a director and his younger brother, John, an executive at Alfa Romeo). During World War II his parents also adopted two Jewish refugee girls from Europe.
Attenborough spent his childhood collecting fossils, stones and other natural specimens. He received encouragement in this pursuit at age seven, when a young Jacquetta Hawkes admired his "museum". A few years later, one of his adoptive sisters gave him a piece of amber filled with prehistoric creatures; some 50 years later, it would be the focus of his programme The Amber Time Machine.
Attenborough was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and then won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge where he studied geology and zoology and obtained a degree in Natural Sciences. He continued academic study at the London School of Economics, studying anthropology between 1944 and 1946. In 1947, he was called up for National Service in the Royal Navy and spent two years stationed in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.
In 1950, Attenborough married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; the marriage lasted until her death in 1997. The couple had two children, Robert and Susan.
First years at the BBC
After leaving the Navy, Attenborough took a position editing children's science textbooks for a publishing company. He soon became disillusioned with the work, however, and in 1950 he applied for a job as a radio talks producer with the BBC. Although he was rejected for this job, his CV later attracted the interest of Mary Adams, head of the Talks (factual broadcasting) department of the BBC's fledgling television service. Attenborough, like most Britons at that time, did not own a television, and he had seen only one programme in his life. However, he accepted Adams' offer of a three-month training course, and in 1952 he joined the BBC full time. Initially discouraged from appearing on camera because Adams thought his teeth were too big, he became a producer for the Talks Department, which handled all non-fiction broadcasts. His early projects included the quiz show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? and Song Hunter, a series about folk music presented by Alan Lomax.
Attenborough's association with natural history programmes began when he produced and presented the three-part series The Pattern of Animals. The studio-bound programme featured animals from London Zoo, with the naturalist Sir Julian Huxley discussing their use of camouflage, aposematism and courtship displays. Through this programme, Attenborough met Jack Lester, the curator of the zoo's reptile house, and they decided to make a series about an animal-collecting expedition. The result was Zoo Quest, first broadcast in 1954, which Attenborough presented at short notice, due to Lester being taken ill.
In 1957, the BBC Natural History Unit was formally established in Bristol. Attenborough was asked to join it, but declined, not wishing to move from London where he and his young family were settled. Instead he formed his own department, the Travel and Exploration Unit, which allowed him to continue to front the Zoo Quest programmes as well as produce other documentaries, notably the Travellers’ Tales and Adventure series.
From 1965 to 1969 Attenborough was Controller of BBC Two. Among the programmes he commissioned during this time were Match of the Day, Civilisation, The Ascent of Man, The Likely Lads, Man Alive, Masterclass, The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Money Programme. He also initiated televised snooker. This diversity of programme types reflects Attenborough's belief that BBC Two's output should be as varied as possible. In 1967, under his watch, BBC Two became the first television channel in the United Kingdom to broadcast in colour.
From 1969 to 1972 he was BBC Television's Director of Programmes (making him responsible overall for both BBC One and BBC Two), but ultimately turned down an offer of promotion that would have made him Director General of the BBC. In 1972 he resigned his post and returned to programme making.
Foremost among Attenborough's TV documentary work as writer and presenter is the "Life" series, which begins with the trilogy: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984) and The Trials of Life (1990). These examine the world's organisms from the viewpoints of taxonomy, ecology and stages of life respectively.
They were followed by more specialised surveys: Life in the Freezer (about Antarctica; 1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002), Life in the Undergrowth (2005) and Life in Cold Blood (2008). The 'Life' series as a whole comprises 79 programmes.
Attenborough has also written and/or presented other shorter productions. One of the first after his return to programme-making was The Tribal Eye (1975), which enabled him to expand on his interest in tribal art. Others include The First Eden (1987), about man's relationship with the natural habitats of the Mediterranean, and Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989), which demonstrated Attenborough's passion for discovering fossils. In 2000, State of the Planet examined the environmental crisis that threatens the ecology of the Earth. The naturalist also narrated two other significant series: The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006). The latter is the first natural history series to be made entirely in high-definition.
In May–June 2006, the BBC broadcast a major two-part environmental documentary as part of its "Climate Chaos" season of programmes on global warming. In Are We Changing Planet Earth? and Can We Save Planet Earth?, Attenborough investigated the subject and put forward some potential solutions. He returned to the locations of some of his past productions and discovered the effect that climate change has had on them.
In 2007, Attenborough presented "Sharing Planet Earth", the first programme in a series of documentaries entitled Saving Planet Earth. Again he used footage from his previous series to illustrate the impact that mankind has had on the planet. "Sharing Planet Earth" was broadcast on 24 June 2007.
Life in Cold Blood is Attenborough's last major series. In an interview to promote it, he stated:
The evolutionary history is finished. The endeavour is complete. If you'd asked me 20 years ago whether we'd be attempting such a mammoth task, I'd have said 'Don't be ridiculous'. These programmes tell a particular story and I'm sure others will come along and tell it much better than I did, but I do hope that if people watch it in 50 years' time, it will still have something to say about the world we live in.
However, in subsequent interviews with Radio Times, Parkinson and on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, he said that he did not intend to retire completely and would probably continue to make occasional one-off programmes. In 2008, he stated that he is planning a series about Charles Darwin and evolution. 
In 1975, the naturalist presented a BBC children's series about cryptozoology entitled Fabulous Animals. This represented a diversion from Attenborough's usual fare, as it dealt with the creatures of myths and legends, such as the griffin and kraken. It was a studio-based production, with the presenter describing his subjects with the aid of large, ornately illustrated books.
From 1983, Attenborough worked on two environmentally-themed musicals with the WWF and writers Peter Rose and Anne Conlon. Yanomamo was the first, about the Amazon rainforest, and the second, Ocean World, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in 1991. They were both narrated by Attenborough on their national tour, and recorded on to audio cassette. Ocean World was also filmed for Channel 4 and later released.
Between 1977 and 2005, Attenborough also narrated over 250 editions of the half-hour BBC One nature series Wildlife on One (BBC Two repeats were retitled Wildlife on Two). Though his role was mainly to narrate other people's films, he did on rare occasions appear in front of the camera.
Attenborough also serves on the advisory board of BBC Wildlife magazine.
Achievements, awards and recognition
- 1970 : BAFTA Desmond Davis Award
- 1974 : Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- 1979 : BAFTA Fellowship
- 1983 : Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
- 1985 : Knighthood
- 1991 : Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) for producing Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas broadcast for a number of years from 1986
- 1996 : Companion of Honour (CH) "for services to nature broadcasting"
- 2000 : International Cosmos Prize
- 2003 : Michael Faraday Prize awarded by the Royal Society
- 2004 : Descartes Prize for Outstanding Science Communication Actions
- 2004 : Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum
- 2005 : Order of Merit (OM)
- 2005 : Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest
- 2006 : National Television Awards Special Recognition Award
- 2006 : Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - Institute Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the public perception and understanding of ecology
- 2006 : The Culture Show British Icon Award
- 2007 : British Naturalists' Association Peter Scott Memorial Award
On 13 July 2006, Attenborough, along with his brother Richard, were awarded the titles of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester "in recognition of a record of continuing distinguished service to the University." David Attenborough was previously awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the university in 1970.
In 1993, after discovering that the Mesozoic reptile Plesiosaurus conybeari had not, in fact, been a true plesiosaur, the paleontologist Robert Bakker renamed the species Attenborosaurus conybeari in Attenborough's honour.
In June 2004, Attenborough and Sir Peter Scott were jointly profiled in the second of a three part BBC Two series, The Way We Went Wild, about television wildlife presenters. Part three also featured Attenborough extensively. The next month, another BBC Two programme, Attenborough the Controller, recalled his time as Director of Programmes for BBC Two.
In November 2005, London's Natural History Museum announced a fundraising campaign to build a communications centre in Attenborough's honour. The museum intends to open the David Attenborough Studio in 2008.
An opinion poll of 4,900 Britons conducted by Reader's Digest in 2006 showed Attenborough to be the most trusted celebrity in Britain. In a list compiled by the magazine New Statesman in 2006, he was voted tenth in the list of "Heroes of our time".
It is often suggested that David Attenborough's 50-year career at the BBC making natural history documentaries and travelling extensively throughout the world has probably made him the most travelled person on Earth ever.
His contribution to broadcasting was recognised by the 60-minute documentary Life on Air, transmitted in 2002 to tie in with the publication of Attenborough's similarly titled autobiography. For the programme, the naturalist was interviewed at his home by his friend Michael Palin (someone who is almost as well-travelled). Attenborough's reminiscences are interspersed with memorable clips from his series, with contributions from his brother Richard as well as professional colleagues. Life on Air is available on DVD as part of Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages.
In May 2008, the oldest known prehistoric mother - a fossilized fish giving live birth, was given the name Materpiscis attenboroughi. Honouring David Attenborough's role in highlighting the scientific importance of the ancient fossilized Gogo Reef, Western Australia, in his 1979 Life on Earth TV series.
Favourite Attenborough moments
In April 2006, to celebrate Attenborough's 80th birthday, the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments, out of twenty candidates. The results were announced on UKTV on 7 May. Each is given with its series and advocate:
- Attenborough watching a lyrebird mimicking various noises (The Life of Birds, selected by Bill Oddie)
- Mountain gorillas (Life on Earth, Sanjeev Bhaskar)
- Blue whale encounter (The Life of Mammals, Alan Titchmarsh)
- His description of the demise of Easter Island's native society (State of the Planet, Charlotte Uhlenbroek)
- Chimpanzees using tools to crack nuts (The Life of Mammals, Charlotte Uhlenbroek)
- A grizzly bear fishing (The Life of Mammals, Steve Leonard)
- Imitating a woodpecker to lure in a real one (The Life of Birds, Ray Mears)
- The presenter being attacked by a displaying male capercaillie (The Life of Birds, Bill Oddie)
- Chimps wading through water on two feet (The Life of Mammals, Gavin Thurston)
- Observing a male bowerbird's display (The Life of Birds, Joanna Lumley)
- Watching elephants in a salt cave (The Life of Mammals, Joanna Lumley)
- Wild chimps hunting monkeys (The Trials of Life, Alastair Fothergill)
- Freetail bats leaving a cave and Attenborough holding one of their young (The Trials of Life, Rory McGrath)
- Being threatened by a bull elephant seal (Life in the Freezer, Björk)
- A wandering albatross chick and its parent (Life in the Freezer, Ellen MacArthur)
- Spawning Christmas Island red crabs (The Trials of Life, Simon King)
- In a tree with gibbons (The Life of Mammals, Steve Leonard)
- Burrowing under a termite mound to demonstrate its cooling system (The Trials of Life, Björk)
- Observing a titan arum (The Private Life of Plants, Alan Titchmarsh)
- Timelapse footage of a bramble growing (The Private Life of Plants, Rory McGrath)
Parodies and artistic portrayals
Attenborough's accent and hushed, excited delivery have been the subject of frequent parodies by comedians, most notably Spike Milligan, Marty Feldman, The Goodies and South Park. Especially apt for spoofing is Attenborough's pronunciation of the word "here" when using it to introduce a sentence, as in, "He-eah, in the rain forest of the Amazon Basin..."
Attenborough is portrayed by Michael Palin in the final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, where he searches the African jungle for the legendary Walking Tree of Dahomey (Quercus Nicholas Parsonus), sweating excessively and accompanied by native guides wearing saxophones.
On an episode of The Ricky Gervais Show, Karl Pilkington speculates that David Attenborough is likely careful not to kill any insect pests, imitating Attenborough's inevitable recognition that "that's where I make me money."
In the late 1980s, an Australian weekly programme called The Comedy Company featured a segment with "David Rabbitborough" played by Ian McFadyen. He got around in a safari suit touring the Melbourne suburbs in the same format as Attenborough, but his specimens were human beings.
In the 1980s, a TV advertisement for Guinness featured an Attenborough impersonator investigating the odd 'species' of humans who prefer bland lager to flavoursome stout.
Portuguese comedian Herman José played a caricature of Attenborough (David Vaitenborough, which can sort of be translated as David Go-away) in the "Herman Geographycal Society" sketches in his TV Show Herman Enciclopédia (1997).
Views and advocacy
From the beginning, Attenborough's major series have included some content regarding the impact of human society on the natural world. The last episode of The Living Planet, for example, focuses almost entirely on humans' destruction of the environment and ways that it could be stopped or reversed. Despite this, his programmes have been criticised for not making their environmental message more explicit. Some environmentalists feel that programmes like Attenborough's give a false picture of idyllic wilderness and do not do enough to acknowledge that such areas are increasingly encroached upon by humans.
However, his closing message from State of the Planet was forthright:
The future of life on earth depends on our ability to take action. Many individuals are doing what they can, but real success can only come if there's a change in our societies and our economics and in our politics. I've been lucky in my lifetime to see some of the greatest spectacles that the natural world has to offer. Surely we have a responsibility to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy, inhabitable by all species.
In the last few years, Attenborough has become increasingly outspoken in support of environmental causes. In 2005 and 2006 he backed a BirdLife International project to stop the killing of albatross by longline fishing boats. He gave public support to WWF's campaign to have 220,000 square kilometres of Borneo's rainforest designated a protected area. He also serves as a vice-president of Fauna and Flora International and president of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he launched an appeal to create a rainforest reserve in Ecuador in memory of Christopher Parsons OBE, the producer of Life on Earth and a personal friend, who had died the previous year. Attenborough also launched ARKive in May 2003, a global project which had been instigated by Christopher Parsons to gather together natural history media into a digital library, an online Noah's Ark. He later became Patron of the World Land Trust, and an active supporter.
Attenborough has repeatedly said that he considers human overpopulation to be the root cause of many environmental problems. Both his series The Life of Mammals and the accompanying book end with a plea for humans to curb population growth so that other species will not be crowded out.
He has recently written and spoken publicly about the fact that he now believes global warming is definitely real, and caused by humans. At the climax of the aforementioned "Climate Chaos" documentaries, the naturalist gives this summing up of his findings:
"In the past, we didn't understand the effect of our actions. Unknowingly, we sowed the wind and now, literally, we are reaping the whirlwind. But we no longer have that excuse: now we do recognise the consequences of our behaviour. Now surely, we must act to reform it: individually and collectively; nationally and internationally — or we doom future generations to catastrophe."
In a 2005 interview with BBC Wildlife magazine, Attenborough said he considered George W. Bush to be the era's top "environmental villain". In 2007, he further elaborated on the USA's consumption of energy in relation to its population. When asked if he thought America to be "the villain of the piece", he responded:
"I don't think whole populations are villainous, but Americans are just extraordinarily unaware of all kinds of things. If you live in the middle of that vast continent, with apparently everything your heart could wish for just because you were born there, then why worry? [...] If people lose knowledge, sympathy and understanding of the natural world, they're going to mistreat it and will not ask their politicians to care for it."
Attenborough is also an honorary member of BSES Expeditions, a youth development charity that operates challenging scientific research expeditions to remote wilderness environments.
Religion and creationism
In a December 2005 interview with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five Live, Attenborough stated that he considers himself an agnostic. When asked whether his observation of the natural world has given him faith in a creator, he generally responds with some version of this story:
"My response is that when Creationists talk about God creating every individual species as a separate act, they always instance hummingbirds, or orchids, sunflowers and beautiful things. But I tend to think instead of a parasitic worm that is boring through the eye of a boy sitting on the bank of a river in West Africa, [a worm] that's going to make him blind."
He has explained that he feels the evidence all over the planet clearly shows evolution to be the best way to explain the diversity of life, and that "as far as I'm concerned, if there is a supreme being then he chose organic evolution as a way of bringing into existence the natural world."
In 2002, Attenborough joined an effort by leading clerics and scientists to oppose the inclusion of creationism in the curriculum of UK state-funded independent schools which receive private sponsorship, such as the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.
Writer and presenter (documentary series)
- Zoo Quest (1954-1963)
- The People of Paradise (1960)
- Attenborough and Animals (1963)
- Zambezi (1965)
- Life: East Africa (1967)
- Eastwards with Attenborough (1973)
- Natural Break (1973)
- Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: The Language of Animals (1973)
- Fabulous Animals (1975)
- The Tribal Eye (1975)
- Life on Earth (1979)
- The Living Planet (1984)
- The First Eden (1987)
- Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989)
- The Trials of Life (1990)
- Life in the Freezer (1993)
- The Private Life of Plants (1995)
- The Life of Birds (1998)
- State of the Planet (2000)
- The Life of Mammals (2002)
- Life in the Undergrowth (2005)
- Life in Cold Blood (2008)
Writer and presenter (single documentaries)
- A Blank on the Map (1971)
- The Million Pound Bird Book (1985)
- Heart of a Nomad (1994) (interviewer)
- "Attenborough in Paradise", screened as part of the Natural World series (1996)
- The Origin of Species: An Illustrated Guide (1998)
- Living with Dinosaurs (2000)
- The Lost Gods of Easter Island (2000)
- The Song of the Earth (2000)
- "Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction", screened as part of the Natural World series (2000)
- "The Amber Time Machine", screened as part of the Natural World series (2004)
- Gorillas Revisited (2006)
- "Are We Changing Planet Earth?" and "Can We Save Planet Earth?", part of the BBC's Climate Chaos season (2006)
- "Tom Harrisson: The Barefoot Anthropologist", part of BBC Four's Anthropologists season (2007)
- Climate Change: Britain Under Threat (2007) (as co-presenter)
- "Sharing Planet Earth", part of the BBC's Saving Planet Earth season (2007)
- Attenborough Explores... Our Fragile Planet (2007)
Narrator (documentary series)
- Travellers' Tales (1960)
- Adventure (1961-1963)
- The World About Us (narrator of approximately 20 episodes between 1969 and 1982)
- The Miracle of Bali (1969)
- The Explorers (1975)
- The Discoverers (1976)
- Wildlife on One (1977-2005)
- The Spirit of Asia (1980)
- Natural World (narrator of approximately 25 episodes between 1983 and 2008)
- BBC Wildlife Specials (1995-2008) (also appears on screen to introduce each programme)
- Winners and Losers (1996)
- The Blue Planet (2001)
- Animal Crime Scene (2005)
- Planet Earth (2006)
Narrator (single documentaries)
- The Ark in South Kensington (1981)
- Wildlife 100 (1993)
- Survival Island (1996)
- "The Secret Life of Seahorses", screened as part of the Q.E.D. series (1996)
- "Sharks - The Truth", screened as part of BBC One's Shark Summer season (1999)
- The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth (2000)
- Great Natural Wonders of the World (2002)
- "The Lost Road: Overland to Singapore", screened as part of BBC Four's Time Shift series (2005)
- Watching Desmond Morris (2007)
- Spy in the Jungle (2008)
- Enter mantis (2006/2007)
- Coelacanth (1952)
- Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? (1952-1959)
- Song Hunter (1953)
- The Pattern of Animals (1953)
- The Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (1955-1958)
- Japan (1961)
- Destruction of the Indian (1962)
- The Queen's Christmas Message (1986-1991)
Attenborough also acted as producer for many programs in which he had other roles, particularly those produced by the BBC's Travel and Exploration Unit in the 1950s and 1960s. These programs have already been listed where Attenborough had a narrating or presenting role.
Other television and film work
- A Zed & Two Noughts, narrator in film drama (1985)
- State of the Ark, participant in on-screen debate (1994)
- Robbie the Reindeer, voice of the museum commentary in episode "Legend of the Lost Tribe" (2002)
- Life on Air, archive footage and interviewee (2002)
- Attenborough the Controller, archive footage and interviewee (2002)
- Attenborough in Conversation with Mark Lawson, interviewee (2002)
- Great Wildlife Moments, introduced (2003)
- The Way We Went Wild, archive footage and interviewee (2004)
- Selfish Green, participant in on-screen debate (2004)
- How Art Made The World, interviewee (2005)
- Favourite Attenborough Moments, archive footage (2006)
- Suez: A Very British Crisis, interviewee (2006)
- Planet Earth: The Future, interviewee (2006)
- 100 Years of Wildlife Films, archive footage (2007)
- Zoo Quest to Guyana (Lutterworth Press, 1956)
- Zoo Quest for a Dragon (Lutterworth Press, 1957)
- (book club edition with 85 extra pages, Quest for the Paradise Birds, 1959)
- Zoo Quest in Paraguay (Lutterworth Press, 1959)
- The Zoo Quest Expeditions (Lutterworth Press, abridged compilation of the
above three titles with a new introduction, 1980)
- paperback (Penguin Books, 1982)
- Quest in Paradise (1960)
- Zoo Quest to Madagascar (1961)
- Quest Under Capricorn (1963)
- Fabulous Animals (BBC, 1975) ISBN 0-563-17006-9
- The Tribal Eye (1976)
- Life on Earth (1979)
- Discovering Life on Earth (1981)
- Journeys to the past: Travels in New Guinea, Madagascar, and the northern territory of Australia (1983) Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-00.64133
- The Living Planet (1984)
- The First Eden: The Mediterranean World and Man (1987)(Little Brown & Co (T); 1st American ed edition (March 1990))
- The Atlas of the Living World (1989)
- The Trials of Life (Collins, 1990) ISBN 0-00-219912-2
- The Private Life of Plants (BBC Books, 1994) ISBN 0-563-37023-8
- The Life of Birds (BBC Books, 1998) ISBN 0-563-38792-0
- The Life of Mammals (BBC Books, 2002) ISBN 0-563-53423-0
- Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster (autobiography; 2002) ISBN 0-563-53461-3
- paperback: ISBN 0-563-48780-1
- Life in the Undergrowth (BBC Books, 2005) ISBN 0-563-52208-9
- Amazing Rare Things - The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery with Susan Owens, Martin Clayton and Rea Alexandratos (The Royal Collection, 2007) Hardback - ISBN 978 1 902163 46 8; Softback - ISBN 978 1 902163 99 4
- Life in Cold Blood (BBC Books, 2007) ISBN 9780563539223
Attenborough has written the introduction or foreword for a number of books, including:
- African Jigsaw: A Musical Entertainment, Peter Rose and Anne Conlon (published: 1986, Weinberger)
- Life in the Freezer: Natural History of the Antarctic, Alastair Fothergill (BBC Books, 1993), ISBN 0-563-36431-9
- Birds of Paradise: Paradisaeidae (Bird Families of the World series) Clifford B. Frith, Bruce M. Beehler, William T. Cooper (Illustrator) (Oxford University Press, 1998) ISBN 0-19-854853-2
- The Blue Planet, Andrew Byatt, Alastair Fothergill, Martha Holmes (BBC Books, 2001) ISBN 0-563-38498-0.
- Light on the Earth (BBC Books, 2005), two decades of winning images from the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, ISBN 0-563-52260-7
- Planet Earth, Alastair Fothergill (BBC Books, 2006), ISBN 0-563-52212-7
- Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson, read by David Attenborough (available on audiocassette, 1978)
- Yanomamo (musical entertainment, 1983) by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon; on-stage narration and published audio recording
- Ocean World (musical entertainment, 1990) by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon; on-stage narration (including at The Royal Festival Hall), for audio recording and video broadcast (both published)
In addition, Attenborough has recorded some of his own works in audiobook form, including Life on Earth, Zoo Quest for a Dragon and his autobiography Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster.
- ^ History of College House
- ^ Attenborough, David (2002). Life on Air. BBC Books. ISBN 0-563-53461-3. pp. 10-11.
- ^ Life on Air, p.13.
- ^ Life on Air, pp.60-61.
- ^ a b Radio Times 23–29 June 2007
- ^ a b Radio Times 26 Jan–1 Feb 2008: "The Last Word", interview with Jeremy Paxman
- ^ BBC Press Release
- ^ Fortean Times episode guide to Fabulous Animals
- ^ Wildlife on One at the BBC Programme Catalogue
- ^ Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Honorary Fellowships Announced by University of Leicester, University of Leicester press release, 9 June 2006; India News report
- ^ University of Leicester Alumni Relations Sir David Attenborough (Hon DLitt 1970) gave the Alumni Association Lecture in 2003
- ^ Plesiosauria Translation and Pronunciation Guide
- ^ The David Attenborough Studio Campaign
- ^ Simon Hoggart, 'In David we trust ... but not Peter,' The Guardian, 28 January 2006
- ^ New Statesman
- ^ Brian Leith, 2002. Life on Air (Press Release); Andrew Denton, 2003 "Interview with David Attenborough" on Enough Rope, ABC TV.
- ^ C. Barry, Oldest Live-Birth Fossil Found; Fish Had Umblical Cord, National Geographic News, 
- ^ Press Release, University Of Aberdeen
- ^ James Fair, "Small Things Bright and Beautiful", BBC Wildlife Magazine, November 2005, pp. 25-26.
- ^ 'Personal plea by David Attenborough,', www.savethealbatross.net, 27 January 2006
- ^ 'Sir David Attenborough: Heart of Borneo is a global heritage,', WWF-UK press release.
- ^ Arkive sets sail on the web, The Guardian, 20 May 2003
- ^ Climate change is the major challenge facing the world David Attenborough, The Independent, 24 May 2006
- ^ Press release, Blood Pressure Association web site, May 13, 2005
- ^ Interview with Simon Mayo, BBC Radio Five Live, 2 December 2005
- ^ David Attenborough, 2003. "Wild, wild life." Sydney Morning Herald, March 25. Attenborough has also told this story in numerous other interviews.
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Media offices Preceded by
Michael PeacockController of BBC Two
1965 – 1969 Succeeded by
Life on Earth(1979) | The Living Planet(1984) | The Trials of Life(1990) | Life in the Freezer(1993) | The Private Life of Plants(1995)
The Life of Birds(1998) | The Life of Mammals(2002) | Life in the Undergrowth(2005) | Life in Cold Blood(2008)
Other work and narrated:
Zoo Quest (1954–1963) | The People of Paradise (1960) | Attenborough and Animals (1963) | Zambezi (1965) | The Miracle of Bali (1969)
Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages (1971–2004) | Eastwards with Attenborough (1973) | The Tribal Eye (1975) | Fabulous Animals (1975) | The First Eden (1987)
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (1989) | BBC Wildlife Specials (1995– ) | State of the Planet (2000) | The Blue Planet (2001) | Planet Earth (2006) | Are We Changing Planet Earth? (2006)
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