David Attenborough, Britain's well-known broadcaster and naturalist whose landmark Life series changed the way we watched TV and attracted record audiences, received more public votes to be a New Elizabethan than anyone else.
Starting as a trainee producer at the BBC in
1952 making shows like 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral' and 'Zoo Quest' he
became Controller of BBC 2 in 1965. There he shook up the schedule,
commissioning programmes such as 'Man Alive', 'Monty Python's Flying
Circus' and 'Civilization'.
But despite being promoted to
Director of Programmes for BBC 1 and 2 in 1969, Attenborough's heart lay
in programme-making and he resigned from the BBC to present and write
Life on Earth. This was the first in the Life series with unforgettable
scenes such as Attenborough encountering Dian Fossey's mountain gorillas
Since then, Attenborough's films have pushed the
boundaries of wildlife film-making and his hushed tones enthusing about
the natural world have earned him the title "greatest living national
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