To increase our discomfort, we had stopped in a place that was haunted by swarms of vicious mosquitoes which bit us maddeningly and continuously
Nowadays, he works for Sky as well as the BBC, instantly recognisable, universally adored, affable on screen and in person. He still pursues any objective, whether a creature or a conviction, with total determination lightly veiled by charm and ingenuity. On the page, as on the screen, he shares, shows, explains. His style is disarmingly self-deprecating, utterly engaging.
Yet there remains something elusive about him, as if he’d rather be in peril up some distant river than anywhere else. He is, in the nicest sense of the word, an adventurer and, like that other great voyager, Odysseus, a man of many wiles.
Early days: (clockwise from top left) Attenborough with a pangolin, in Bali, Indonesia; the then 26-year-old at work filming Zoo Quest in 1954; and in Indonesia