Running Time 3hrs 9mins
The complete BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough featuring all
twenty episodes about some of the strangest plants, insects and creatures from around the world.
One of the nation’s most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences.
What was Sir David’s first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays ‘the biggest egg in the world’? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile?
His enthusiasm is as infectious as ever, and conveys a unique fascination on topics as diverse as the Sloth, Monstrous Flowers, the Platypus, Giant Birds, Dragons, the Fire Salamander, Faking Fossils, the Coelacanth, the Dodo, Bird’s-nest Soup and the Large Blue Butterfly.
So listen to these stories to find out the real reason why animals sing, the story behind a 150-million-year-old feather and what it is about snakes that really unnerves Sir David.
Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker.
His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly seven decades.
His first job – after Cambridge University and two years in the Royal Navy – was at a London publishing house. Then in 1952 he joined the BBC as a trainee producer, and it was while working on the Zoo Quest series (1954-64) that he
had his first opportunity to undertake expeditions to remote parts of the globe, to
capture intimate footage of rare wildlife in its natural habitat.
He was Controller of BBC 2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for BBC Television (1969-1972). In 1973 he abandoned administration altogether to return to documentary-making and writing, and has established himself as the world’s leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series, including Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Life of Birds (1998),The Blue Planet (2001),Life of Mammals (2002), Planet Earth (2006) and Life in Cold Blood (2008).
Sir David was knighted in 1985 and received the Order of Merit in 2005.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society, and stands at the forefront of issues concerning the planet’s declining species and conservation.