Sir David Attenborough (born 8 May 1926 in London, England) is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including: Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), The Life of Birds (1998), The Life of Mammals (2002) and Life in the Undergrowth (2005).
The final chapter in the Life series, Life in Cold Blood is the grand finale to David’s survey of life on earth.
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. In 1965, Sir David became Controller of BBC2 and was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain. In January 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both of the BBC’s television networks. Then, in 1973, he resigned to return to programme-making, claiming “I haven’t even seen the Galapagos Islands”. First came Eastwards with Attenborough, a natural history series set in South East Asia, then The Tribal Eye, examining tribal art.
He is a younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough. He is widely considered a national treasure, although he himself doesn’t care for the term.
David Attenborough received a Knighthood for services to broadcasting in 1985.