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SIR David Attenborough is back with a new smash hit nature series to wow his millions of fans.
The 92-year-old is fronting BBC One’s Dynasties looking at the lives of five animal species: penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Here reveals some facts about TV’s biggest beast...
Born in Isleworth, west London, in 1926, he grew up with two brothers, including film legend Sir Richard Attenborough.
As a child he loved collecting newts, taking them from a pond near the University of Leicester, where his dad worked, and selling them to the zoology department for 3p each.
After getting a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge, he was in the Royal Navy before training as a TV producer – even though he didn’t own a telly and had only seen one show.
Early in his career a BBC memo stated that he should not be put in front of the cameras because his teeth were too big.
Attenborough got his break on Zoo Quest when another host fell ill. He has since been involved in making more than 100 programmes including Life On Earth, Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
For the Life Of Birds show alone he chalked up 256,000 miles of travel. Yet he doesn’t own a car and hasn’t passed a driving test.
The father of two described himself as “lost” after his wife of 47 years, Jane, died following a brain haemorrhage in 1997.
He visited the North Pole, aged 83, making him the oldest person to have done so.
As controller of BBC Two in the 1960s he introduced televised snooker and approved the comedy series Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Some 15 species of critter have been named after him including a carnivorous plant and a parasitic wasp as well as an extinct reptile – the Attenborosaurus.
He has 32 honorary degrees from British universities – more than anyone else – and is the only person to ever win Baftas in black and white, colour and 3D TV.
Sir David is determined to keep on making television shows despite having a pacemaker. He says: “If I can make programmes when I’m 95, that would be fine.”
¬ÊDynasties is tomorrow, 8.30pm on BBC One
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