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Sir David Frederick Attenborough was born on the 8th May 1926, in Isleworth, West London, England, and is a broadcaster, producer, director, and writer, undoubtedly recognized as one of the world’s leading conservation and environmentalists, including writing and presenting the nine Life series, and numerous other TV and film titles, such as “Attenborough In Paradise” (1996), “The Song Of The Earth” (2000), and “Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life” (2009). His career has been active since 1952.

So, have you ever wondered how rich David Attenborough is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of David’s net worth is over $35 million, an amount which has been accumulated through his successful careers as a broadcaster, television personality, producer, director and screenwriter.

David Attenborough Net Worth $35 Million

David Attenborough spent his childhood in College House in the campus of the University College, Leicester, as his father Frederick worked there as the principal. He is the middle child – his older brother was John, who worked as a car manufacturer, and his younger brother was actor, director, and producer Lord Richard Attenborough. He went to Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys, after which he enrolled at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 1947 with a degree in Natural Sciences. In the same year, he began to serve his national service in the Royal Navy in North Wales, after which he began to pursue his career on the screen.

David’s professional career began in 1952, when he was spotted by Mary Adams, who offered him a three-month training course and a full-time job at the BBC as a radio talk producer, and one of his first projects was “Song Hunter”, and “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?”. Soon after he made “Zoo Quest” in 1954, a series about an animal-collecting expedition. Later, he established the Travel and Exploration Unit, and began to produce such documentaries as “Travellers’ Tales”, and “Adventure”, among others, all of which added a considerable amount to his net worth and brought him to audiences attention.

In 1965, he was moved to the position of controller at BBC Two, and his first major project was the 1971 documentary film “A Blank on the Map”, which was followed by other titles such as “The Tribal Eye” (1975), “Wildlife On One” (1977), and “Life On Earth” (1979). In the next decade, David produced “The Living Planet” (1984), “The First Eden” (1987), and “Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives” (1989), all of which increased his net worth by a large margin. In the 1990s, he continued to line up success after success, producing the TV series “Life In The Freezer” (1993), “The Life Of Birds” (1998), and such films as “The Dragons Of Galapagos” (1989), and “Island Of The Vampire Birds” (1999).

The new millennium didn’t change too much for David, as his career has only gone upwards, as well as his net worth. In the year 2000 he made several projects – “The Lost Gods Of Easter Island”, “State Of The Planet”, and began to produce the TV series entitled “Natural World”, which lasted until 2007.

To speak further about his career, David is also known for producing “The Life Of Mammals” (2002-2003), “Madagascar” (2011), and “Kingdom Of Plants 3D” (2012). Most recently, he made the TV film “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive” (2014), the TV mini-series “Great Barrier Reef With David Attenborough” (2015-2016), and “Attenborough’s Passion Projects” (2016). His net worth is certainly rising.

Thanks to his accomplishments in broadcasting, David has won with a number of recognitions, including a Knighthood in 1985, an impressive 32 honorary degrees, the BAFTA Desmond Davis Award in 1970, and Prince of Asturias Award in 2009 among many others.

Regarding his personal life, David Attenborough was married to Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel from 1950 until her death in 1997, with whom he had two children.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Attenborough's Passion Projects2016TV Mini-Series documentary writer
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough2015-2016TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive2014TV Movie documentary
Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates2013TV Series documentary
Micro Monsters 3D2013TV Series documentary
Africa2013TV Mini-Series documentary 6 episodes
Galapagos 3D2013TV Series documentary
Kingdom of Plants 3D2012TV Series documentary 3 episodes
Frozen Planet2011TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough2011Documentary
Madagascar2011TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
First Life2010TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 2 episodes
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link2009TV Movie documentary
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life2009TV Movie documentary written by
Life in Cold Blood2008TV Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Natural World2000-2007TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Are We Changing Planet Earth?2006TV Movie documentary
Planet Earth2006TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Life in the Undergrowth2005TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Deep Blue2003Documentary writer
The Life of Mammals2002-2003TV Series documentary writer - 10 episodes
NovaTV Series documentary written by - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2000
The Blue PlanetTV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode, 2001 writer - 7 episodes, 2001
The Song of the Earth2000TV Movie documentary
State of the Planet2000TV Series documentary
The Lost Gods of Easter Island2000TV Movie documentary
Island of the Vampire Birds1999Documentary writer
The Dragons of Galapagos1998TV Movie documentary
The Life of Birds1998TV Series documentary writer - 10 episodes
Cities of the Wild1996Documentary
Survival Island1996Short documentary
Attenborough in Paradise1996TV Movie documentary
The Private Life of Plants1995TV Series documentary writer - 6 episodes
Life in the Freezer1993TV Series documentary writer - 6 episodes
The Trials of Life1990TV Series documentary writer - 12 episodes
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives1989TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
The First Eden1987TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
The Living Planet1984TV Series documentary writer - 12 episodes
Life on Earth1979TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 13 episodes
Wildlife on One1977TV Series documentary 3 episodes
The Tribal Eye1975TV Series documentary written by
A Blank on the Map1971TV Movie documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Attenborough's Passion Projects2016TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - documentary segments
Nova1997TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Cities of the Wild1996Documentary consulting producer
A Blank on the Map1971TV Movie documentary producer
Zoo Quest1954-1961TV Series documentary producer - 3 episodes
The People of Paradise1960TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 6 episodes
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?1953TV Series producer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Attenborough's Passion Projects2016TV Mini-Series documentary series director
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?1953TV Series 3 episodes

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adventure1961-1962TV Series documentary series editor - 3 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Colonial Effect2017Documentary special thanks announced
Urban Nature2015TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
How Art Made the World2005TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director of Programmes
Hot Tuna2012DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Secrets of Wild India2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Narrator
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture1972-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Host
Hummingbirds Jewelled Messengers2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
In Confidence2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Frozen Planet2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2008-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ceramics: A Fragile History2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2006-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ask Attenborough Live2011TV MovieHimself
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough2011DocumentaryHimself
Desert Seas2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Secrets of Scott's Hut2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2002-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Naturalist (segment "Spy on Ice") / Himself - Filmmaker (segment "Sir David Attenborough")
Madagascar2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV2010TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir David Attenborough CBE)
First Life2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Attenborough's Journey2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Timeshift2005-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Wildlife Broadcaster / Himself / Himself - Former TV Producer
Horizon2009-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Wild Night In2010TV MovieHimself
Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Presenter / Himself
Museum of Life2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Zonde van de zendtijd2010TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1992-2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Birds of Paradise2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2010TV MovieHimself
Life2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Infrarouge2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2002-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
BBC Proms2009TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday OU2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Controller, BBC2 1965-1969 (as Sir David Attenborough)
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night2009TV SeriesHimself
Nature's Most Amazing Events2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Great Bustard2009Video documentary shortHimself - Narrator
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Story of the Open University2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHimself
Fossil Detectives2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Life in Cold Blood2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Sunday AM2006-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Parkinson1998-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Climate Change: Britain Under Threat2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter (as Sir David Attenborough)
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Gorilla Revisited with David Attenborough2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Lobo: The Wolf That Changed America2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (UK version)
Planet Earth2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Planet Earth: The Future2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Nation on Film2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The National Television Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Masterpieces of the British Museum2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Can We Save Planet Earth?2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Are We Changing Planet Earth?2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Nova1997-2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Folk Britannia2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Life in the Undergrowth2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Wild Life of Gerald Durrell2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Play It Again: The Panel Game2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir David Attenborough)
How Art Made the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Mark Lawson Talks to...2005TV SeriesHimself
Wildlife on One1977-2005TV Series documentaryNarrator / Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / ...
Sir David Attenborough Remembers 'The Ascent of Man'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Sir David Attenborough Remembers the Making of 'Civilisation'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Bears: Spy in the Woods2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
The Way We Went Wild2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Birthday BBC Two2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Truth About 60s TV2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
On the Brink2003ShortHimself - Narrator
The Ancient Forests2003ShortHimself - Narrator
The Terry and Gaby Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Deep Blue2003DocumentaryHimself
Arena1993-2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Elephants: Spy in the Herd2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Life of Mammals2002-2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe2002TV ShortHimself (voice)
Life on Air2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Natural Wonders of the World2002TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter / Narrator
Wildlife Specials1997-2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself
Ultimate Wild Paradises: The Top Ten Destinations2001TV SpecialHimself
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
BBC: A Window on the World2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Blue Planet2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Song of the Earth2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
State of the Planet2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Night of a Thousand Shows2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wilderness Men2000TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Lost Gods of Easter Island2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth2000TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter / Narrator
Island of the Vampire Birds1999DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
They Said It Couldn't Be Done1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Dragons of Galapagos1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Life of Birds1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Clive Anderson All Talk1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Auntie: The Inside Story of the BBC1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cities of the Wild1996DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Survival Island1996Short documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
Auntie's All-Time Greats1996TV MovieHimself
Q.E.D.1993-1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Attenborough in Paradise1996TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Reputations1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Frost Programme1995TV SeriesHimself
The Private Life of Plants1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
For Love or Money1994TV Series documentaryHimself
Clive James1994TV SeriesHimself
Life in the Freezer1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
K: Kenneth Clark 1903 - 19831993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Aspel & Company1991TV SeriesHimself
The Trials of Life1990TV Series documentaryHimself
The Media Show1990TV SeriesHimself
A TV Dante1989TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Talking-head
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives1989TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The First Eden1987TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
World Safari1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Omnibus1976-1986TV Series documentaryHimself
A Zed & Two Noughts1985Himself - Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Living Planet1984TV Series documentaryHimself
Saturday Superstore1984TV SeriesHimself
Face the Music1975-1983TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Look Here1980TV SeriesHimself
The Mysterious Bee1980Himself - Narrator (voice)
Life on Earth1979TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Val Doonican Music Show1979TV SeriesHimself
The World About Us1973-1976TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself (narrator)
The Tribal Eye1975TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures1973-1974TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Late Night Line-Up1967-1972TV SeriesHimself - Contributor / Himself
A Blank on the Map1971TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
This Is Your Life1962TV Series documentaryHimself
Adventure1962TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Zoo Quest1956-1961TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter / Himself
The People of Paradise1960TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Science Is News1959TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?1956TV Series Himself
- Christmas Edition 1956 ... Himself
Pantomania, or Dick Whittington1956TV MovieHimself
Look1955TV Series documentaryHimself - Reporter
Planet Earth II2016TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
The Graham Norton Show2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
North West Today2016TV Series shortHimself - Naturalist
North West Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself - Naturalist
Natural World1992-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / Narrator
Zoo Quest in Colour2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Attenborough's Life That Glows2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens2016TV MovieHimself
Terra Mater2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Nature2002-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / Himself / ...
Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough2015-2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Attenborough's Passion Projects2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Hunt2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Cougars Undercover2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator
5 News2015TV SeriesHimself
David Attenborough Meets President Obama2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
VE Day: Remembering Victory2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Aged 19 on VE Day
Natural Curiosities2013-2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture: Public Service Broadcasting - A House of Cards?2015TV MovieHimself - Broadcaster (as Sir David Attenborough)
Attenborough's Paradise Birds2015DocumentaryHimself
Cue the Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech2015TV MovieHimself
David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Life Story2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Culture Show2014TV Series documentaryHimself - BBC2 Controller, 1965-1969
Björk: Biophilia Live2014DocumentaryHimself - Opening sequence voice (voice)
All About TWO2014TV MovieHimself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland2014ShortHimself - Narrator - UK Version
Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Wild Cameramen at Work2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
When Björk Met Attenborough2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Micro Monsters 3D2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
National Geographic: Amazing Animals2013TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Goodbye Television Centre2013TV Special documentaryHimself
Edwardian Insects on Film2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Morning2005-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Africa2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter / Himself - Narrator
The Jonathan Ross Show2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
David Attenborough: The Early Years2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
National Television Awards2013TV SpecialHimself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Galapagos 3D2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Alien Monster Sharks: Legends of the Deep - Deep-Sea Sharks2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Penguins2012VideoHimself (voice)
Kingdom of Plants 3D2012TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
North West Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself - Naturalist
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell2015TV SeriesHimself
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Richard Attenborough: A Life2014TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes2003-2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Naturalist (segment "Spy on Ice") / Himself - Filmmaker (segment "Sir David Attenborough")
The Graham Norton Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year2011/IITV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Wright Stuff2011TV SeriesHimself - Broadcaster and Naturalist
Rude Tube2011TV SeriesHimself
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Funny Side of...2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Silbury: The Heart of the Hill2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 11th Hour2007/IDocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers2007TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Personal AwardPeabody Awards
2014PandaWildscreen Film FestivalBest PresenterFlying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)
2014BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Specialist FactualDavid Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (2014)· Daniel M. Smith (Director)
· Anthony Geffen
· Michael Davis
2013Prix EuropaPrix EuropaLifetime Achievement Award
2012PandaWildscreen Film Festival3D AwardFlying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)· Sias Wilson (producer)
· Anthony Geffen (executive producer)
2011EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nature ProgrammingFirst Life (2010)· Anthony Geffen (Producer)
· Martin Williams (Director)
· Bill Howard (Executive Producer)
· Susan Winslow (Executive Producer)
· Ruth Sessions (Supervising Producer)
· Olwyn Silvester (Supervising Producer)
· Candice Martin (Line Producer)
· John Terp (Coordinating Producer)
· John Cavanagh (Coordinating Producer)
· Peter Miller (Series Editor)
2011EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: WritingFirst Life (2010)· Martin Williams (writer)
· Anthony Geffen (writer)
2011BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Specialist FactualFlying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)· Anthony Geffen
· Sias Wilson
2011Festival PrizeJackson Hole Wildlife Film FestivalBest 3D ProgramFlying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)· Anthony Geffen (Producer)
· Sias Wilson (Producer)
2006Lifetime Achievement AwardNational Television Awards, UK
2003Special Lifetime Achievement AwardBanff Television Festival
2003Career Achievement AwardInternational Documentary Association
1999RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest PresenterThe Life of Birds (1998)
1993Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyBest DocumentaryThe Trials of Life (1990)
1980Academy FellowshipBAFTA Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding NarratorLife Story (2014)
2012Magnolia AwardShanghai International TV FestivalBest Documentary, FeaturesFrozen Planet (2011)· Vanessa Berlowitz
· Mark Linfield
· Paul Spillenger
2012BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Specialist FactualFrozen Planet (2011)· Vanessa Berlowitz
· Alastair Fothergill
· Mark Linfield
2001BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsRichard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News)State of the Planet (2000)
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsRichard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News)Wildlife Specials (1995)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesThe Private Life of Plants (1995)· Pat Mitchell (executive producer)
· Mike Salisbury (executive producer/producer)
· Vivian Schiller (senior producer)
· Neil Nightingale
· Keith Scholey
· Neil Lucas (director)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - WritingThe Living Planet (1984)


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#Fact
1After the massive positive reception his documentaries received, he got involved with a Master's course (MA Wildlife Documentary Production).
2He is the great-uncle of Tom Attenborough.
3Although he commissioned the famous music series The Old Grey Whistle Test (1971) during his period as a BBC executive, he has admitted that he never actually watched it, as he doesn't like rock music.
4In 2011, his home became the key to solving a murder from 132 years earlier. In 1879, a widow was killed by her housekeeper and decapitated. She chopped up the body and fed pieces of it to nearby children. The housekeeper was arrested when a severed foot was found, and ultimately convicted and executed for the murders, but her victim's head was never found, until it was discovered buried under the ground of Attenborough's house. Workmen found its remains while excavating for an extension on his home. It turns out his home was located near where Attenborough's house near stands, and the house itself used to be a pub frequented by the murderer.
5For his birthday, one of his sisters gave him a fossilized animal trapped in amber, which later grew into an entire collection of animals in amber. In Jurassic Park (1993), his brother Richard Attenborough grows dinosaurs from mosquitoes trapped in amber.
6A patron of the Optimum Population Trust, a group seeking to cut the growth in human population.
7Merited a place in Time magazine's Special Issue "Heroes of the Environment" (Leaders & Visionaries section) with a tribute penned by Jeremy Paxman (Issue October 29, 2007).
8Presented Pentangle with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.
9Won the title of Greatest Living British Icon, voted for by viewers of BBC Two's The Culture Show, beating singers Sir Paul McCartney and Morrissey (Morrissey). [December 2006]
10Is a fan of Emmylou Harris.
11He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1974 Queen's Birthday Honours List, made a Knight Bachelor in the 1985 Queen's Birthday Honours List, a CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours List and a CH (Companion of Honour) in the 1996 Queen's New Year Honours List.
12Has a daughter, a son, and several grandchildren.
13He was awarded the Order of Merit (OM) by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2005.
14As head of BBC-2 he introduced British audiences to colour TV, and gave the go-ahead to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1550 years of natural history programme making series has made him the most travelled person in human history, except for astronauts.
16Filming "The Living Planet" saw his balloon crash land in southern Scotland. When he finally found a farmhouse, the farmer recognised him from the TV, and said he could he use the phone if he wished his wee daughter a happy birthday. When he returned with his young girl he said to her: "This is David. He's come by balloon to wish you a happy birthday." Attenborough said "Happy birthday." The dour farmer replied: "The telephone's over there."
17Uncle of director Michael Attenborough and actress Charlotte Attenborough
18Brother-in-law of Sheila Sim
19Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983.
20Brother of actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough and John Attenborough. Also, during World War Two, his parents adopted two German Jewish girls, who had been brought to Britain as part of the Kindertransport.
21In the mid-sixties became the Controller of BBC2. Later, he became the BBC's Director of Programmes. The British Academy awarded David Attenborough the Desmond Davis Award in 1970, and a Fellowship in 1979.

#Quote
1The BBC is hard-pressed for money and it has to make strategic decisions as to what it's going to invest in.
2I am a BBC man.
3I've always enjoyed Doctor Who (1963) from a technical point of view. I sat in on a lot of the early discussions, during which we cooked up the programme under the aegis of Sydney Newman, who was the BBC head of drama. I remember he specified he didn't want monsters in it but the first producer, Verity Lambert, went against that and introduced the Daleks. Sydney was livid with her to start with but Verity, of course, was right.
4[on serving as director of programmes across BBC TV between 1969 to 1973] It was very nice for me running a network for a few years, in the sense that it was very flattering for one's ego. But it's not much fun.
5When I started in 1952, people had television sets and thought it was a miracle. You sat in front of it and waited for it to start and watched all the way through to the end and it was an event. But within a decade, you ate and talked and knitted while it was on. Then colour came about and once again it was an event, people would come round and said, 'Wow, look at the colour'. Then we got accustomed to colour and television became like wallpaper. I don't think 3D can be used as wallpaper, particularly because you need the glasses and when you put them on it's very isolating. You become very unaware of the person next to you.
6I think 3D TV is going to be event TV. It can be an international football match or it can also be an important programme. But I don't think 3D is going to be much good on trivia. It's for programmes that really mean something. It does require your attention.
7My shoes are very unfashionable shoes. I'm the last in a particular style that was established 30 years ago. People make different kinds of programmes now. I don't think anyone's trying to fill my shoes.
8I've always found fossils very interesting. I also had newts and grass snakes and frogs which I kept in various aquaria when I was a boy. I spent a lot of time in the garden exploring.
9People believe what they wish to believe. There are some people who think the written word is more likely to be an avenue to the truth than the material world that we can examine. I might not share that belief. People tell me that they believe God created the world in seven days, and I say: 'On what evidence?' They say: 'Well, because it says so in the Book of Genesis.' There's nothing I can do to disprove that because that's what they believe is the incontrovertible truth.
10We don't seem to be acting very quickly. I'm sure things are going to get worse before they get better, if they get better. They won't get better in my lifetime. I don't think they'll get better for 50 to 100 years. I hope they won't get too much worse, but I fear they certainly will. (On climate change)
11I think it's in great trouble. The whole system on which it was built - a limited number of networks, with adequate funding - is under threat. That funding is no longer there. As stations proliferate, so audiences are reduced. The struggle for audiences becomes ever greater, while money diminishes. I think that's a fair recipe for trouble. (On television in 2009)
12There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than any other animal I know.
13They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in East Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator. (Responding to religious viewers who criticise him for not crediting God in his nature programmes)
14It's like saying that two and two equals four but, if you wish it, it could also be five. This is one of the errors. Evolution is not a theory. It is a fact, every bit as much as the historical fact that William the Conqueror landed in 1066. Indeed, more so, because all we have to tell us about William are a few bits of paper here or there - not very much at all. For evolution we have much more evidence: palaeontology, embryology, biology, geology. Darwin revolutionised the way we see the world fundamentally, but his basic proposition is still not taken on board by a lot of people. (On the teaching of creationism in British schools)
15It never really occurred to me to believe in God - and I had nothing to rebel against, my parents told me nothing whatsoever. But I do remember looking at my headmaster delivering a sermon, a classicist, extremely clever... and thinking, he can't really believe all that, can he? How incredible!
16There have always been politicians or business people who have wanted to cut the BBC back or stop it saying the sort of things it says. There's always been trouble about the licence and if you dropped your guard you could bet our bottom dollar there'd be plenty of people who'd want to take it away. The licence fee is the basis on which the BBC is based and if you destroy it, broadcasting becomes a wasteland.
17Jonathan Ross speaks to a certain element who think he's very funny, and I guess he is. He's on the edge of a very dangerous line and it's not an easy job. He has to keep close to the boundary, but not step over it. What you need, in order to do that, is to have a producer in whom you have confidence, who will pull you back if it's pre-recorded and then cut it out.
18Whatever you do, it's difficult if you are on the edge of taste - you'll always offend someone. You'll also offend some people if you retreat to being so careful with everything that you say that you become Mrs Goody-two-shoes. People in their twenties today talk like Jonathan Ross and the question is how much do they do that in front of other sections of society. Jonathan Ross has a very difficult problem.
19The statutory requirement that a certain percentage of programmes must come from independent producers has reduced in-house production and the Units necessarily shrank proportionately in size. As they dwindled, so the critical mass of their production expertise has diminished. The continuity of their archives has been broken, they have lost the close touch they once had worldwide with their subjects and they are no longer regarded internationally as the centres of innovation and expertise that they once were. (On the BBC's in-house departments)
20If you could demonstrate that the BBC was grossly extravagant there might be a case for saying OK take it away. But in fact the BBC per minute in almost every category is as cheap as you can find anywhere in the world and produces the best quality. If you take the money away, which part of the BBC will you remove? The BBC has gone through swingeing staff cuts. It has been cut to the bone, if you divert licence fee money elsewhere, you cut quality and services. There is always that threat from politicians who will say your licence fee is up for grabs. We will take it. There is a lot of people who want to see the BBC weakened. They talk of this terrible tax of the licence fee. Yet it is the best bargain that is going. Four radio channels and god knows how many TV channels. It is piffling.
21Public service broadcasting is one of the things that distinguishes this country and makes me want to live here. I have spent all my life in it. I would be very distressed if public service broadcasting was weakened. I have been at the BBC since 1952 and know the BBC is constantly being battered. It is today.
22There are times when BBC1 and BBC2, intoxicated by the sudden popularity of a programme genre, have allowed that genre to proliferate and run rampant through the schedules, with the result that other kinds of programmes are not placed - simply because of lack of space. Do we really require so many gardening programmes, makeover programmes, or celebrity chefs? Is it not a scandal, in this day and age, that that there seems to be no place for continuing series of programmes about science or serious music or thoughtful in-depth interviews with people other than politicians? (Speaking in 2008)
23Public service broadcasting, watched by a healthy number of viewers, with programmes financed in proportion to their intrinsic needs and not the size of the audience, can only effectively operate as a network. A network whose aim is to cater for the broadest possible range of interests, popular as well as less popular, a network that measures success not only by its audience size but by the range of its schedule.
24Unless there are regulations to stop it, public service broadcasting programmes will inevitably be pushed out of peak hours and into out-of-the-way corners of the schedule when fewer people will want to watch them. So the odds are stacked against them increasing their audience. They become the station's pariah, retained under sufferance, tucked away, unloved, where they do least harm to the network's income.
25There are moments when I wonder - moments when its (the BBC's) two senior networks, first set up as a partnership, schedule simultaneously programmes of identical character, thereby contradicting the very reason that the BBC was given a second network.
26It is vital that there is a narrator figure whom people believe. That's why I never do commercials. If I started saying that margarine was the same as motherhood, people would think I was a liar.
27I had a huge advantage when I started 50 years ago - my job was secure. I didn't have to promote myself. These days there's far more pressure to make a mark, so the temptation is to make adventure television or personality shows. I hope the more didactic approach won't be lost.
28Steve Irwin did wonderful conservation work but I was uncomfortable about some of his stunts. Even if animals aren't aware that you are not treating them with respect, the viewers are.
29[speaking in 2007] Some scientists suggest that up to a quarter of animal species could be extinct by 2050. But it's not too late - you can be involved in saving planet Earth. If you are a child, this is your future. If you're a parent, it's your legacy. The time to act is now.
30As 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 . . . which doesn't seem to me to be necessarily blasphemous at all.


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