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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 Projects 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary writer
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough 2015-2016 TV Mini-Series documentary 3 episodes
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 2014 TV Movie documentary
Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates 2013 TV Series documentary
Micro Monsters 3D 2013 TV Series documentary
Africa 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary 6 episodes
Galapagos 3D 2013 TV Series documentary
Kingdom of Plants 3D 2012 TV Series documentary 3 episodes
Frozen Planet 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough 2011 Documentary
Madagascar 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary 4 episodes
First Life 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary written by - 2 episodes
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link 2009 TV Movie documentary
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life 2009 TV Movie documentary written by
Life in Cold Blood 2008 TV Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Natural World 2000-2007 TV Series documentary writer - 3 episodes
Are We Changing Planet Earth? 2006 TV Movie documentary
Planet Earth 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Life in the Undergrowth 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 5 episodes
Deep Blue 2003 Documentary writer
The Life of Mammals 2002-2003 TV Series documentary writer - 10 episodes
Nova TV Series documentary written by - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2000
The Blue Planet TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode, 2001 writer - 7 episodes, 2001
The Song of the Earth 2000 TV Movie documentary
State of the Planet 2000 TV Series documentary
The Lost Gods of Easter Island 2000 TV Movie documentary
Island of the Vampire Birds 1999 Documentary writer
The Dragons of Galapagos 1998 TV Movie documentary
The Life of Birds 1998 TV Series documentary writer - 10 episodes
Cities of the Wild 1996 Documentary
Survival Island 1996 Short documentary
Attenborough in Paradise 1996 TV Movie documentary
The Private Life of Plants 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 6 episodes
Life in the Freezer 1993 TV Series documentary writer - 6 episodes
The Trials of Life 1990 TV Series documentary writer - 12 episodes
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives 1989 TV Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
The First Eden 1987 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 4 episodes
The Living Planet 1984 TV Series documentary writer - 12 episodes
Life on Earth 1979 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 13 episodes
Wildlife on One 1977 TV Series documentary 3 episodes
The Tribal Eye 1975 TV Series documentary written by
A Blank on the Map 1971 TV Movie documentary

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Attenborough's Passion Projects 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary executive producer - documentary segments
Nova 1997 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Cities of the Wild 1996 Documentary consulting producer
A Blank on the Map 1971 TV Movie documentary producer
Zoo Quest 1954-1961 TV Series documentary producer - 3 episodes
The People of Paradise 1960 TV Mini-Series documentary producer - 6 episodes
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? 1953 TV Series producer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Attenborough's Passion Projects 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary series director
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? 1953 TV Series 3 episodes

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adventure 1961-1962 TV Series documentary series editor - 3 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Colonial Effect 2017 Documentary special thanks announced
Urban Nature 2015 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
How Art Made the World 2005 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of Television Centre 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director of Programmes
Hot Tuna 2012 Documentary Himself - Narrator
Secrets of Wild India 2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Narrator
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture 1972-2012 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Host
Hummingbirds Jewelled Messengers 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
In Confidence 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Frozen Planet 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking 2011 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2008-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ceramics: A Fragile History 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Breakfast 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ask Attenborough Live 2011 TV Movie Himself
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough 2011 Documentary Himself
Desert Seas 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Secrets of Scott's Hut 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2002-2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Naturalist (segment "Spy on Ice") / Himself - Filmmaker (segment "Sir David Attenborough")
Madagascar 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Mad and Bad: 60 Years of Science on TV 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir David Attenborough CBE)
First Life 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Attenborough's Journey 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Timeshift 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Wildlife Broadcaster / Himself / Himself - Former TV Producer
Horizon 2009-2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Wild Night In 2010 TV Movie Himself
Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World 2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Presenter / Himself
Museum of Life 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Zonde van de zendtijd 2010 TV Series Himself
The South Bank Show 1992-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Birds of Paradise 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 TV Movie Himself
Life 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Infrarouge 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2002-2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
BBC Proms 2009 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday OU 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Controller, BBC2 1965-1969 (as Sir David Attenborough)
Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Chris Moyles Quiz Night 2009 TV Series Himself
Nature's Most Amazing Events 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The Great Bustard 2009 Video documentary short Himself - Narrator
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Story of the Open University 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Loose Women 2008 TV Series Himself
Fossil Detectives 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Life in Cold Blood 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Sunday AM 2006-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Parkinson 1998-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Climate Change: Britain Under Threat 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter (as Sir David Attenborough)
Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest 2007 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Gorilla Revisited with David Attenborough 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Lobo: The Wolf That Changed America 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (UK version)
Planet Earth 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Planet Earth: The Future 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Nation on Film 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The National Television Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Masterpieces of the British Museum 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Can We Save Planet Earth? 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Are We Changing Planet Earth? 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Nova 1997-2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Folk Britannia 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Life in the Undergrowth 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
The Wild Life of Gerald Durrell 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Play It Again: The Panel Game 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir David Attenborough)
How Art Made the World 2005 TV Series documentary Himself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2005 TV Series Himself
Wildlife on One 1977-2005 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / ...
Sir David Attenborough Remembers 'The Ascent of Man' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Sir David Attenborough Remembers the Making of 'Civilisation' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Bears: Spy in the Woods 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
The Way We Went Wild 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Happy Birthday BBC Two 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Satoyama: Japan's Secret Water Garden 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Truth About 60s TV 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Brink 2003 Short Himself - Narrator
The Ancient Forests 2003 Short Himself - Narrator
The Terry and Gaby Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
Deep Blue 2003 Documentary Himself
Arena 1993-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Elephants: Spy in the Herd 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Life of Mammals 2002-2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe 2002 TV Short Himself (voice)
Life on Air 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Natural Wonders of the World 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter / Narrator
Wildlife Specials 1997-2002 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself
Ultimate Wild Paradises: The Top Ten Destinations 2001 TV Special Himself
The Human Face 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
BBC: A Window on the World 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Blue Planet 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
The Song of the Earth 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
State of the Planet 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Night of a Thousand Shows 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wilderness Men 2000 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Lost Gods of Easter Island 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter / Narrator
Island of the Vampire Birds 1999 Documentary Himself - Narrator
They Said It Couldn't Be Done 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Dragons of Galapagos 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Life of Birds 1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Clive Anderson All Talk 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Auntie: The Inside Story of the BBC 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Cities of the Wild 1996 Documentary Himself - Narrator
Survival Island 1996 Short documentary Himself - Narrator (voice)
Auntie's All-Time Greats 1996 TV Movie Himself
Q.E.D. 1993-1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Attenborough in Paradise 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
Reputations 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Heroes of Comedy 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Frost Programme 1995 TV Series Himself
The Private Life of Plants 1995 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
For Love or Money 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Clive James 1994 TV Series Himself
Life in the Freezer 1993 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
K: Kenneth Clark 1903 - 1983 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Aspel & Company 1991 TV Series Himself
The Trials of Life 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
The Media Show 1990 TV Series Himself
A TV Dante 1989 TV Mini-Series Himself - Talking-head
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives 1989 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The First Eden 1987 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
World Safari 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Omnibus 1976-1986 TV Series documentary Himself
A Zed & Two Noughts 1985 Himself - Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Living Planet 1984 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Superstore 1984 TV Series Himself
Face the Music 1975-1983 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Look Here 1980 TV Series Himself
The Mysterious Bee 1980 Himself - Narrator (voice)
Life on Earth 1979 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Val Doonican Music Show 1979 TV Series Himself
The World About Us 1973-1976 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself (narrator)
The Tribal Eye 1975 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 1973-1974 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Late Night Line-Up 1967-1972 TV Series Himself - Contributor / Himself
A Blank on the Map 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
This Is Your Life 1962 TV Series documentary Himself
Adventure 1962 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Zoo Quest 1956-1961 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter / Himself
The People of Paradise 1960 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
Science Is News 1959 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? 1956 TV Series Himself
- Christmas Edition 1956 ... Himself
Pantomania, or Dick Whittington 1956 TV Movie Himself
Look 1955 TV Series documentary Himself - Reporter
Planet Earth II 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
The Graham Norton Show 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
North West Today 2016 TV Series short Himself - Naturalist
North West Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself - Naturalist
Natural World 1992-2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / Narrator
Zoo Quest in Colour 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Attenborough's Life That Glows 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
Attenborough at 90: Behind the Lens 2016 TV Movie Himself
Terra Mater 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Nature 2002-2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter / Himself / ...
Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough 2015-2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Attenborough's Passion Projects 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Host
The Hunt 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Cougars Undercover 2015 TV Movie documentary Narrator
5 News 2015 TV Series Himself
David Attenborough Meets President Obama 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
VE Day: Remembering Victory 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Aged 19 on VE Day
Natural Curiosities 2013-2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
RTS Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture: Public Service Broadcasting - A House of Cards? 2015 TV Movie Himself - Broadcaster (as Sir David Attenborough)
Attenborough's Paradise Birds 2015 Documentary Himself
Cue the Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech 2015 TV Movie Himself
David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies 3D 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Life Story 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
The Culture Show 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - BBC2 Controller, 1965-1969
Björk: Biophilia Live 2014 Documentary Himself - Opening sequence voice (voice)
All About TWO 2014 TV Movie Himself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland 2014 Short Himself - Narrator - UK Version
Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Wild Cameramen at Work 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
When Björk Met Attenborough 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Micro Monsters 3D 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
National Geographic: Amazing Animals 2013 TV Series Himself - Narrator
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Goodbye Television Centre 2013 TV Special documentary Himself
Edwardian Insects on Film 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Morning 2005-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Africa 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Presenter / Himself - Narrator
The Jonathan Ross Show 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
David Attenborough: The Early Years 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
National Television Awards 2013 TV Special Himself (as Sir David Attenborough)
Galapagos 3D 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Alien Monster Sharks: Legends of the Deep - Deep-Sea Sharks 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Penguins 2012 Video Himself (voice)
Kingdom of Plants 3D 2012 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
North West Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself - Naturalist
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell 2015 TV Series Himself
Wogan: The Best Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Richard Attenborough: A Life 2014 TV Movie Himself
60 Minutes 2003-2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Naturalist (segment "Spy on Ice") / Himself - Filmmaker (segment "Sir David Attenborough")
The Graham Norton Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2011/II TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
The Wright Stuff 2011 TV Series Himself - Broadcaster and Naturalist
Rude Tube 2011 TV Series Himself
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Breakfast 2010-2011 TV Series Himself
The Funny Side of... 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Silbury: The Heart of the Hill 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 11th Hour 2007/I Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Michael Parkinson's Greatest Entertainers 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Personal Award Peabody Awards
2014 Panda Wildscreen Film Festival Best Presenter Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011)
2014 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Specialist Factual David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (2014) · Daniel M. Smith (Director)
· Anthony Geffen
· Michael Davis
2013 Prix Europa Prix Europa Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Panda Wildscreen Film Festival 3D Award Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011) · Sias Wilson (producer)
· Anthony Geffen (executive producer)
2011 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding Nature Programming First 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)
2011 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing First Life (2010) · Martin Williams (writer)
· Anthony Geffen (writer)
2011 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Specialist Factual Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011) · Anthony Geffen
· Sias Wilson
2011 Festival Prize Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Best 3D Program Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (2011) · Anthony Geffen (Producer)
· Sias Wilson (Producer)
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award National Television Awards, UK
2003 Special Lifetime Achievement Award Banff Television Festival
2003 Career Achievement Award International Documentary Association
1999 RTS Television Award Royal Television Society, UK Best Presenter The Life of Birds (1998)
1993 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Best Documentary The Trials of Life (1990)
1980 Academy Fellowship BAFTA Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Narrator Life Story (2014)
2012 Magnolia Award Shanghai International TV Festival Best Documentary, Features Frozen Planet (2011) · Vanessa Berlowitz
· Mark Linfield
· Paul Spillenger
2012 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Best Specialist Factual Frozen Planet (2011) · Vanessa Berlowitz
· Alastair Fothergill
· Mark Linfield
2001 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Richard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News) State of the Planet (2000)
2000 BAFTA TV Award BAFTA Awards Richard Dimbleby Award for the Best Presenter (Factual, Features and News) Wildlife Specials (1995)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Series The 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)
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - Writing The Living Planet (1984)


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#Fact
1 After the massive positive reception his documentaries received, he got involved with a Master's course (MA Wildlife Documentary Production).
2 He is the great-uncle of Tom Attenborough.
3 Although 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.
4 In 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.
5 For 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.
6 A patron of the Optimum Population Trust, a group seeking to cut the growth in human population.
7 Merited 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).
8 Presented Pentangle with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.
9 Won 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]
10 Is a fan of Emmylou Harris.
11 He 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.
12 Has a daughter, a son, and several grandchildren.
13 He was awarded the Order of Merit (OM) by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2005.
14 As head of BBC-2 he introduced British audiences to colour TV, and gave the go-ahead to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
15 50 years of natural history programme making series has made him the most travelled person in human history, except for astronauts.
16 Filming "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."
17 Uncle of director Michael Attenborough and actress Charlotte Attenborough
18 Brother-in-law of Sheila Sim
19 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983.
20 Brother 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.
21 In 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
1 The BBC is hard-pressed for money and it has to make strategic decisions as to what it's going to invest in.
2 I am a BBC man.
3 I'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.
5 When 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.
6 I 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.
7 My 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.
8 I'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.
9 People 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.
10 We 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)
11 I 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)
12 There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than any other animal I know.
13 They 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)
14 It'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)
15 It 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!
16 There 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.
17 Jonathan 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.
18 Whatever 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.
19 The 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)
20 If 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.
21 Public 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.
22 There 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)
23 Public 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.
24 Unless 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.
25 There 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.
26 It 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.
27 I 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.
28 Steve 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.
30 As 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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