David Attenborough

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Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born 8 May 1926) is an English broadcaster and natural historian.wikipedia
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BBC Natural History Unit

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He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth.
It is best known for its highly regarded nature documentaries, including The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, and has a long association with David Attenborough's authored documentaries, their notably called Life on Earth.

Richard Attenborough

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He is the younger brother of the director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, and older brother of the motor executive John Attenborough.
He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist, documenter, and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, an executive at Alfa Romeo.

The Life Collection

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He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth.
The Life Collection is a 24-disc DVD box set of eight titles from David Attenborough's 'Life' series of BBC natural history programmes.

The Amber Time Machine

A few years later, one of his adoptive sisters gave him a piece of amber containing prehistoric creatures; some fifty years later, it would be the focus of his programme The Amber Time Machine.
The Amber Time Machine is a BBC documentary written and presented by David Attenborough.

National treasure

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Attenborough is widely considered a national treasure in the UK, although he himself does not like the term.

Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys

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Attenborough was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester and then won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge in 1945, where he studied geology and zoology and obtained a degree in natural sciences.

University of Leicester

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Attenborough was born in Isleworth, Middlesex (now part of west London), and grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, Leicester, where his father, Frederick, was principal.
He was replaced in 1932 by Frederick Attenborough, who was the father of David and Richard Attenborough.

The Old Grey Whistle Test

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Programmes he commissioned included Man Alive, Call My Bluff, Chronicle, Match of the Day, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Money Programme.
It was commissioned by David Attenborough and aired on BBC2 from 1971 to 1988.

John Attenborough

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He is the younger brother of the director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, and older brother of the motor executive John Attenborough.
He was the younger brother of director and actor Richard Attenborough and the naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

BBC Television

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He is 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.
The different remit of BBC2 allowed its first controller, Sir David Attenborough to commission the first heavyweight documentaries and documentary series such as Civilisation, The Ascent of Man and Horizon.

Chronicle (British TV programme)

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Programmes he commissioned included Man Alive, Call My Bluff, Chronicle, Match of the Day, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Money Programme.
The programme was commissioned by David Attenborough in 1966, and was produced by the Archaeological and Historical Unit headed by Paul Johnstone and later edited by Bruce Norman.

Man Alive (British TV series)

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Programmes he commissioned included Man Alive, Call My Bluff, Chronicle, Match of the Day, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Money Programme.
The series was commissioned by David Attenborough, while he was Controller of BBC2 between 1965 and 1969.

Zoo Quest

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The result was Zoo Quest, first broadcast in 1954, where Attenborough became the presenter at short notice due to Lester being taken ill.
It was the first major programme to feature David Attenborough.

David Attenborough filmography

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He presented a series on tribal art (The Tribal Eye, 1975) and another on the voyages of discovery (The Explorers, 1975).
The following is a chronological list of television series and individual programmes where Sir David Attenborough is credited as writer, presenter, narrator or producer.

The Money Programme

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Programmes he commissioned included Man Alive, Call My Bluff, Chronicle, Match of the Day, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Money Programme.
At this time David Attenborough was the controller of BBC2.

The Living Planet

The success of Life on Earth prompted the BBC to consider a follow-up, and five years later, The Living Planet was screened.
The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 19 January 1984.

The Trials of Life

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In 1990, The Trials of Life completed the original Life trilogy, looking at animal behaviour through the different stages of life.
The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 3 October 1990.

Civilisation (TV series)

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Broadcast to universal acclaim in 1969, Civilisation set the blueprint for landmark authored documentaries, which were informally known as "tombstone" or "sledgehammer" projects.
In 1966 David Attenborough, the controller of the BBC's new second television channel, BBC2, was in charge of introducing colour broadcasting to the UK, He conceived the idea of a series about great paintings as the standard-bearer for colour television, and had no doubt that Clark would be much the best presenter for it.

The Private Life of Plants

The result, The Private Life of Plants (1995), showed plants as dynamic organisms by using time-lapse photography to speed up their growth.
The Private Life of Plants is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first shown in the United Kingdom from 11 January 1995.

Nature documentary

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He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection that together constitute a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on Earth.

The Life of Birds

As he was neither an obsessive twitcher nor a bird expert, he decided he was better qualified to make The Life of Birds (1998) on the theme of behaviour.
The Life of Birds is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 21 October 1998.

Life in the Freezer

In 1993, he presented Life in the Freezer, the first television series to survey the natural history of Antarctica.
Life in the Freezer is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the United Kingdom from 18 November 1993.

De Montfort Hall

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In 1936, Attenborough and his brother Richard attended a lecture by Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney) at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, and were influenced by his advocacy of conservation.
The hall features in Richard Attenborough's film Grey Owl (1999), in a reenactment of Attenborough and his brother David's boyhood attendance at a wildlife lecture.

Life on Earth (TV series)

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Beginning with Life on Earth in 1979, Attenborough set about creating a body of work which became a benchmark of quality in wildlife film-making and influenced a generation of documentary film-makers.
During the course of the series presenter David Attenborough, following the format established by Kenneth Clark's Civilisation and Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man (both series which he designed and produced as director of BBC2), travels the globe in order to trace the story of the evolution of life on the planet.

Terry Wogan

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While in charge of BBC Two, Attenborough turned down Terry Wogan's job application to be a presenter on the channel, stating that there weren't any suitable vacancies.
David Attenborough rebuffed Wogan's job application to be a BBC presenter as "to have two Irishmen presenting on BBC Two would have looked ridiculous".