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Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenborough nut?

BBC wildlife series are getting increasingly ridiculous. Ridiculously good. i am just now starting The Hunt and it never ceases to genuinely amaze and astound me how the hell they get the footage that they do. While I of course realise that it involves a huge of time planning and waiting around just to get a decent shot, sometimes it's like they have an intelligent animal actor that is just doing what is needed to perfectly portray whatever it is they do or whatever topic the episode is about. It's eerie. The music is also always picked to perfection, always relevant and matching the pace and mood on-screen, and sometimes it's like watching a dramatic opera where I sit there spellbound from the moment it starts until the moment it finishes. I remember the first time I saw Planet Earth, the first BBC wildlife documentary filmed in HD, and I was just flabbergasted.

And then there's Attenborough. Never has there been someone who epitomises everything I want and expect in a broadcaster and naturalist. His distinctively soothing voice, that encapsulates emotion and wisdom without ever being raised, is one of the earliest voices I can remember hearing ever since my grandfather started playing wildlife videos for me. It is so much a part of my childhood and adult life that it is actually kind of weird, almost like he is some distant relative, and it genuinely saddens me when I think that due to his age he will not be presenting for too much longer. God knows how I will react when he passes, I think I will be in bits. He is simply irreplaceable, and none of the alternative presenters we have in the UK come close to matching his sincerity or gravitas.

Truly the BBC represents the absolute pinnacle of wildlife documentary film-making worldwide, and we are so lucky that we have it.

So, with all that said, anyone else here on the forum love watching it as much as me?

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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

Attenborough is a genius. Makes great documentaries, has an amazing knowledge, is a no-fuss, no gimmick producer, and lets his subjects be the star of his programs (that Cox need to learn from Attenborough).

I wish the BBC would spend more money producing programs like Japan: Enchanted Islands or The Blue Planet, rather than umpteen episodes of "don't tell the bride"!

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Old 29.11.2015, 19:10
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

Such a shame he's a misanthropic bastard who would like to see the majority of the human population of this planet wiped out.
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

Could you blame him, in this day and age?
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Could you blame him, in this day and age?
Yes. Malthusian doom-mongering has been shown to be a load of cobblers time and time again. These days it's usually a front for the kind of deeply unpleasant views on euthanasia and compulsory sterilisation that most of us thought had been thrown out the window back in 1945.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many bachelors in China these days? You ought to go and ask Mr Attenborough...
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Such a shame he's a misanthropic bastard who would like to see the majority of the human population of this planet wiped out.
On some level he is right. The modern human has had a catastrophic effect on their own environment and all of the things he personally holds dear in this world... and David Attenborough has seen and experienced the decline and extinction of many species and habitats during his own lifetime. As a passionate naturist who has been privileged enough to see almost every area of the world and species of animal during his career, that has to have some serious psychological effects and I certainly wouldn't begrudge him for those views especially as he nears the end of his life and knows that the situation isn't going to improve any time soon. That has to breed some bitterness at your fellow man.

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Such a shame he's a misanthropic bastard who would like to see the majority of the human population of this planet wiped out.
Why should we care about his opinions ? He makes good documentaries, another makes good sandwiches, neither talent is relevant to character.
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Why should we care about his opinions ?
Because his voice is heard and taken seriously by many more people than the voice of some sandwich maker.
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Because his voice is heard and taken seriously by many more people than the voice of some sandwich maker.
So, erm, do you like BBC wildlife documentaries or not?
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

I am absolutely besotted with them and with DAvid Attenboroug- ans wish his voice was heard much louder. Anyone who refuses to see what a mess man has made of the world- the seas, the artic, the rain forest- must be truly blind - or have a very twisted agenda.
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I am absolutely besotted with them and with DAvid Attenboroug- ans wish his voice was heard much louder. Anyone who refuses to see what a mess man has made of the world- the seas, the artic, the rain forest- must be truly blind - or have a very twisted agenda.
There's quite a difference between "we ought to look after the world a bit better" and "humanity is a plague - it would be better if there were fewer people on the planet" - given all that the latter statement implies.

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So, erm, do you like BBC wildlife documentaries or not?
We have windows in our house.
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We have windows in our house.
I have OSX, but iPlayer works on both.
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We have windows in our house.
Ahh yes, I forgot that you are essentially a modern luddite. I'm surprsed you can even bring yourself to connect to the interwebs.
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

“I often get asked what my favourite animal is. I could choose a dozen things, to be truthful – Birds of Paradise, hummingbirds, gibbons, bushbabies, lots and lots of things. But if you really were to ask me what little creature makes me gulp with pleasure and delight and interest and fascination, it would be a human baby.”
Sir Attenborough, in an interview (sorry, don't have the specific source).

As to the fascination he brings to our household, well he certainly captivates our imagination and had us in awe earlier when we were watching The Hunt. My 6-year old drew this (and some other sea creatures) whilst watching today's episode. So to me, he is doing a great job educating my children, just like he did when I was a kid
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Because his voice is heard and taken seriously by many more people than the voice of some sandwich maker.
Tell that to Jamie Oliver. Whose views about anything except food are as relevant as the postman's
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

Education is of course the best way to stop over-population- much better than laws- and it does look like the population explosion may well settle via education - perhaps.

An interesting article by William Pentland on www.forbes.com

Malthus wrong yesterday, right tomorrow, which concludes:
The number of people does matter, of course. But how people consume resources matters a lot more. Some of us leave much bigger footprints than others. The central challenge for the future of people and the planet is how to raise more of us out of poverty—the slum dwellers in Delhi, the subsistence farmers in Rwanda—while reducing the impact each of us has on the planet.”
Yes, indeed.


The huge problem now is greed- greed from those nations that have pillaged the planet, and are now not ready to give up their advantage and make short-term sacrifices to push for better use rather than over-use, whilst others less fortunate quite naturally want to join in the advantages.


If I could win a 'have lunch with anyone of your choice' - I'd pick David Attenborough before we lose him, and in Leicester, where he grew up with Dickie.
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

Guys, DB's intentions were, rather predictably, to engage in a light spot of Sunday evening trolling, get people riled, and then go and have his evening tea. This appears to have succeeded, but the sooner you stop rising to the obvious bait (it has to be said Odile, you are a sucker for that, heh) then the sooner we can focus on talking about the focus of the thread, his long years of work as part of the BBC wildlife series. I'll be back when that happens.
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Re: Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenbrough nut?

I haven't heard of this Attenbrough guy. Is he in the same league as Marlin Perkins and Jim? Better than the Crocodile Hunter? When is he on and what channel?
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