Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection. In 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC. In 2018 and 2019, he received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Narrator.
About David Attenborough in brief
Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for writing and presenting, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, the nine natural history documentary series forming the Life collection. In 2002, he was named among the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide poll for the BBC. In 2018 and 2019, he received Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Narrator. He considers his 2020 documentary film, DavidAttenborough: A Life On Our Planet, his personal witness statement of his life and the future. He was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, and grew up in College House on the campus of the University College, Leicester, where his father, Frederick, was principal. He has three long-lived sons; his elder brother, Richard, became an actor and director, and his younger brother, John, was an executive at Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo. In 1999, Richard directed a biopic of Belaney entitled Grey Owl. In 1950, he married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel; she died in 1997. The couple had two children, Robert and Susan. Robert is a senior lecturer in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Susan is a former primary school headmistress. After leaving the Navy, he took a position editing children’s science textbooks for a publishing company. He soon became disillusioned with the work and in 1950 applied for a job as a radio talk producer with theBBC.
Although he was rejected for this job, his CV later attracted the head of the Talks department of the BBC’s fledgling television television programme, Mary Adams. At that time, he did not own a programme and he had seen only one programme in his life. However, he accepted Adams’ offer of a three-month training course and joined the BBC full-time in 1952. His early projects included the quiz show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and Song? and a series about folk music presented by Alan Lomax. He also produced and presented three natural history programmes with Alan Lax? The first of these was Animal Patterns, which featured three-part series about Lax’s folk music. In 1952, he began appearing on Animal Patterns and presented the series Animal Patterns-bound? The second series featured three part series about Folk Song? The third series featured Animal patterns-bound. In 1954, he became a producer for BBC’s Talks department, which handled all non-fiction broadcasts. In 1956, he joined the BBC Television programme unit and presented Animal Patterns and Animal Patterns. In 1957, he presented Animal Patterns with Alan Lax? and Animal Patterns part part-part-2. In 1958, he presented Animal patterns-part 3D and 3D and 4K. In 1959, he started presenting The Amber Time Machine, a series of natural history documentaries about prehistoric creatures.