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Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Among my earliest memories on this Earth are of sitting in front of the TV watching wildlife documentaries and listening to him narrate them with his characteristic intensity and passion. I now have every series made or narrated by him that I can get hold of, and often (as today) spend Sundays lounging about my apartment just playing various series in the background while I read or mess around with the computer. Planet Earth in HD is so epic and breathtaking it almost defies belief, while Blue Planet has a majesty to it that few documentaries have ever come close to capturing. Programs like Life In The Undergrowth and Life of Mammals (and the rest of the series) are just so interesting and provide insight into worlds i'd never even before stopped to consider. It saddens me that this great man is now really showing his age (born in 1926, 83 years old!) and that in the not too distant future he will no longer be there to go to such great lengths to reveal all of the hidden mysteries of the animal kingdom, despite the enduring legacy he has left behind. I know there are others worthy of recognition, but I can't think of another person who has done such a great service to the nation for so long in helping to make the average Joe aware of how little we really know about the natural world around us, and how important it is that we continue to increase that understanding.

A bit of a random thread I know, but I was just sitting there today reflecting on how in his own way he had such a significant impact on my childhood, and up through adulthood until this very day. I literally can't think of any other celebrity in this world who I can really say I like as much, and he really has taught me a hell of a lot about the natural world.

Any other Attenborough fans here?

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Old 20.09.2009, 20:36
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

definitely a hero of mine. i love his entire corpus so it would be difficult to select a few favorites; but i can't get enough of the recent planet earth dvds which have a very high rewatch factor. he's a great advocate for science and nature and i hope he keeps at it for many more years!
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

we are great fans in our house too - my husband worships him and it will be a very sad day in our home when he finally goes.
I totally agree with the influence on childhood and through to now - his documentaries are timeless and we will show them again and again to our children and hopefully one day to our grandchildren.

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Old 20.09.2009, 20:43
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Fantastic man. Always watch his shows when they are on. Am watching "Life in the Freezer" now on Sky.
Used to see his brother driving around Richmond alot a few years back in his blue Rolls.
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Old 20.09.2009, 20:54
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Yes, big time. Planet Earth (Blu-Ray) is absolutely stunning despite the fact that the Discovery channel felt obliged to replace Sir Attenborough's voice by... Sigourney Weaver for the US market. Grrr...
Wasn't he also involved in the "Ascent of man" a groundbreaking BBC documentary?
I am also a big admirer of his brother, Richard.
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Old 20.09.2009, 20:56
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

I am sorry to say that I am not quite on the same wavelegth with David Attenborough's series.

I acknowledge that he presented some ground-breaking documentaries and they included some stunning filming.

I cannot really put my finger on what the problem is for me. Sometimes the filming is so perfect and stunning that it doesn't seem real. In someways I prefer the Bill Oddie approach in Springwatch, 'warts and all'. I can relate to this easier.

I think that it is also a shame that the cameramen and researchers don't get as much of the credit as they deserve. They must put themselves through hell sometimes to get the shots that they want. Their patience is astounding.

Having said all that, I really enjoyed 'The Private Life of Plants' and bought the book of the series.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Hello fellow Attenborough fans ☺
i was just telling my husband about an episode where the lady beetles could predict how cold the winter would be - if anyone can remember which series this is so i can show him i would be incredibly greatful.
lovely easter to you all ☺
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He is a ladies man for sure!!!





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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Huge fan too. He and his brother grew up in Leicester, where their father was Dean of the University.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Our car's navi system is set to Male, English 2 and I swear it sounds just like Sir Attenborough.
So now, "David" tells us how to get to interesting places throughout CH and Europe.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Big fan. I would love to have a dinner party with him and Steven Hawking. I would have a couple of questions for the boys.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Hah, I guess I forgot about this old thread when I made the newer one... Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenborough nut?
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Huge fans in our house to. The man is a demigod.

My favourite peice of his recent work is the filming of black rhinos using starlight cameras. Utterly astonishing!

https://www.savetherhino.org/latest_...f_black_rhinos

A less savoury memory is from an interview he gave on Parkinson many moons ago, were he told of being driven through London and realising a tapeworm was beginning to leave his body

Edit: Just going off slightly, I can't wait for The Durrells tv series to begin in April. I loved Jersey Zoo as a kid and I think the series is based on Gerald Durrell's 'My Family and Other Animals', which was compulsory reading at my school.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

Ah no body knows where to find the lady beetles
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

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Hah, I guess I forgot about this old thread when I made the newer one... Anyone else a complete BBC Wildlife / Attenborough nut?
Thank goodness for that. I thought I was going mad.
I remembered reading a thread started by you about Attenborough but I didn't think it was as long ago as 2009 and there were a lot more replies.
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Re: Any Sir David Attenborough fans here?

We are big fans, including the cats. Especially the male cat will sit watching Attenborough programmes attentively for ages. They also come and watch when they hear his voice.
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