Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist and Broadcaster
Sir David grew up in Leicestershire where his love of natural history began. He studied at the University of Cambridge, working at an educational publishing house not long after graduating. In 1952, Sir David completed a training programme at the BBC and went on to build a career as a television producer. One of his first wildlife series was Zoo Quest, in which live animals were filmed in the wild and in zoos. This show proved enormously popular and widened the scope of the educational programming offered by the BBC.
In 1965 Sir David became controller of the BBC's second television channel, BBC Two. Between 1968 and 1972 he was also director of television programming, and it was after this he resigned and began working on a freelance basis. Since then he has been the face of seminal natural history television programmes for the BBC as well as for Silverback Films and other independent production companies in Bristol.
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, a film by Sir David, now streaming globally on Netflix, outlines his witness statement, vision for the future and how we can work with nature to overturn the climate emergency.