Planet Earth 2

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Got a na­ture doc­cie that needs a voice? Call David At­ten­bor­ough – the nat­u­ral­ist has been nar­rat­ing shows like Planet Earth II (2016-cur­rent) since the ’60s. And it’s some­thing he en­joys: “It is not just a wildlife se­ries. It is a sanc­tu­ary for the world that we live in,” Sir David says.

1 And while he’s the first to ad­mit

that “I’m get­ting on”, the 90-yearold isn’t done yet: “How can you re­tire when shows are as beau­ti­fully filmed as Planet Earth? It is sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent.”

2 That doesn’t mean he’s en­tirely

healthy – his in­surance com­pany forced him to have a pace­maker fit­ted in 2013 be­fore fly­ing to Aus­tralia.

3 He’s the last sur­viv­ing brother of

a trio of very fa­mous sib­lings. His younger brother John (who passed away in 2012) headed up car brands Rolls Royce and Alfa Romeo, while older brother Richard (who died in 2014) is best known as John Ham­mond in sci-fi movie Jurassic Park (1993).

4 David’s al­ways been a peace­ful

na­tured man and says that he de­tested na­tional ser­vice – he was a naval of­fi­cer for three years in the late ’40s.

5 He’s a fan of bil­liards and used

his po­si­tion at the BBC to tele­vise snooker on colour TV in 1969, “Which turned out to be an in­spired de­ci­sion if I do say so my­self,” he laughs.

6 Fam­ily is im­por­tant to the broad

caster and Sir David says that he holds his kids Robert and Su­san, grand­chil­dren and great grand­kids “im­pos­si­bly close to my heart”. He was mar­ried to wife Jane from 1950 un­til her pass­ing in 1997 and he ad­mits that he’s still heart­bro­ken about los­ing her.

7 Hav­ing worked with al­most all of

Earth’s wildlife, is there any an­i­mal he’s not fond of? “Rats – they are the ul­ti­mate hor­ri­ble thing,” he says.

Sir David At­ten­bor­ough with an an­i­mal co-star.

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