Britain’s beloved David Attenborough will return to screens for another series this weekend, for what might be his final – and potentially most important – documentary yet.
The veteran broadcaster returns to the British Isles for a much-needed homecoming, as he works with his team of 30 years to celebrate the nature on our doorstep and the challenges it faces.
Although it is his first landmark series on British natural history, the Observer reported it is likely to be the last series in which he films on location.
Insiders told the newspaper he is not retiring, but is understood to have stopped travelling internationally.
How old is David Attenborough?
Sir David Attenborough is 96 years old and was born on 8 May 1926.
He has lived through Hitler’s Germany and World War II; the discovery of DNA; the civil rights movement; the construction and destruction of the Berlin Wall; the AIDs epidemic; the birth of the internet, and so much more.
Sir David has seen the world population grow from two billion inhabitants to the eight billion we have today, and has previously said that this growth, and the impact it has had on the environment, greatly influenced his career as a broadcaster and environmental advocate.
His broadcasting career spans more than 50 years, beginning in 1952 when he joined BBC Television as a trainee and then became a producer working in the studios of Alexandra Palace in north London.
“David Attenborough clearly values focus and curiosity – two psychological secrets to help you stay clear-minded. Curiosity means embracing new ideas and never being afraid to try something. And without focus – being able to really concentrate and understand a topic – you lose the ability to finish things, and when you do that you lose a sense of meaning,” psychologist Linda Blair told i.
“He is also all about preparing the planet for the next generation, saving things and caring. To do something purposeful – even a small thing – is so joyful and so important to living longer meaningfully.”
How did David Attenborough film Wild Isles?
Filmed over the course of three years, Sir Attenborough filmed his new series Wild Isles in multiple locations, including Old Harry Rocks in Dorset; Richmond Park; a hay meadow in Dorset; a chalk stream in Wiltshire and a green bridge on the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Sir David Attenborough was kept away from fledging chicks during filming for his new series after an infectious diseases expert warned a case of avian flu could be fatal for the 96-year-old.
Executive producer Alastair Fothergill made the decision after being told that while it was “extremely hard” for humans to catch the disease the consequences for Sir David could be serious.
Fothergill has worked with Sir David for more than 30 years on various flagship BBC series including The Blue Planet in 2001 and Planet Earth in 2006.
Episode One: Our Precious Isles will air on BBC One and iPlayer on March 12 at 7pm.