Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Tastemaker - – SK

At the time he joined the BBC as a trainee in 1952, At­ten­bor­ough had only seen one TV show. He went on, of course, to present many of the most-watched and best-loved nat­u­ral-his­tory pro­grammes ever, seen by count­less hun­dreds of mil­lions ( Life On Earth alone had some 500 mil­lion view­ers world­wide when it aired in 1979). He in­sists that he didn’t ap­proach film-mak­ing with any kind of con­ser­va­tion agenda – he merely wished to share the de­light he took in ob­serv­ing in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, places, plants and an­i­mals. In the process he has prob­a­bly done more than any­one else alive to­day to alert us not only to na­ture’s won­ders but also the threats it faces. Such is his au­thor­ity that a few min­utes of his re­cent Blue Planet II, ad­dress­ing the mat­ter of plas­tic waste, were enough to pro­voke pol­icy changes at the high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment. At­ten­bor­ough turns 93 this spring. The ruf­fled quiff is thin­ner these days than it used to be, the in­stantly recog­nis­able voice a lit­tle huskier. Yet he con­tin­ues to in­spire, to al­ter the way we look at and think about the world we in­habit. His great aim, he has often said, is sim­ply to re­mind peo­ple of the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of liv­ing things. “We are all part of the deal.”

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