Attenborough: 60 Years In The Wild

9:00pm Friday 16 November on BBC TWO

During David Attenborough’s filmmaking career spanning 60 years, there have been unparalleled changes both in the natural world, the understanding of the planet and the techniques used in filming. He takes a very personal journey in this three-part series through the six decades and the massive developments he has witnessed.

In episode one, Life on Camera, he looks back on the iconic animal encounters which have shaped his career from the early black-and-white Zooquest days when he had to describe the colour of the animals he filmed, to a close encounter with a lion pride in pitch darkness. He reflects on the developments in wildlife filmmaking, revealing how decades of innovation in photography have brought ever more breathtaking and intimate images of wildlife to television – changing the view of life on the planet forever.

Returning to his old haunts in Borneo, he shares a few tricks of the trade such as how to catch a Komodo dragon and maintaining continuity in the most difficult circumstances – describing bat behaviour while choking on the stench of their guano before being hit in the face by one!

He also recalls his first landmark series, Life on Earth, and the arrival of jet air travel which made it feasible to film in 30 countries over three years, as well as how, as a boy in the thirties, he was inspired by his first ever natural history film – a fanciful story of penguins presented by eccentric Englishman Cherry Kearton.

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