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David Attenborough Says Young Peoples' Obsession With Him Is 'Odd'

David Attenborough Says Young Peoples' Obsession With Him Is 'Odd'

What comes to your mind when you think of David Attenborough? Teacher? Father? National Treasure?... God?

The iconic documentary maker has been described all of the best names under the sun, for serving up some of the world's most incredible natural wonders while soothing our souls from the moment we were born.

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And while loving David Attenborough is as nature intended, the legend himself finds the fact that he's such an inspiration rather odd - his words, not ours.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Yes, the 93-year-old addressed his status as inspirational environmentalist in an interview with the BBC, saying: "It's very odd. But the fact remains I've been at it 60 years.

"You can say nobody under the age of 75 can have been without my voice coming from the corner of the room at various times and that must have an effect.

"It's a huge advantage for me because you go there with some sort of reputation and people are aware of you, and in a sense you've been part of the family for quite a long time, which is an extraordinary obligation really and a privilege."

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He added: "I'm sure there's a hell of a lot of young people saying 'for God's sake why don't they move over, give the others a chance.'"

Not true, David, not true. In fact, that he's so modest and unassuming just makes us love him even more, if anything.

David Attenborough - PA images
David Attenborough - PA images

In other Attenborough news, his next series - Seven Worlds, One Planet - is just a matter of days away.

Taking a whopping four years to make, each instalment will look at a different continent. The first episode drops on the BBC on Sunday, October 27, taking on Antarctica where 'only the toughest can survive'.

Viewers will be seeing bull elephant seals, penguins and whales, and witness the hardships they go through day-to-day.

A press release from the BBC reads: "The series will celebrate the diversity of life on each of these continents, but also feature the many challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity.

"By telling unknown, unseen and unexpected wildlife stories, we will uncover the fundamental truth about what makes each one of our seven worlds unique."

Julian Hector, head of the BBC's natural history unit, added: "Seven Worlds, One Planet takes our viewers on a journey to the seven continents on Earth, discovering what makes each one so special.

"I promise new animal behaviour and new perspectives of our natural world, including the threats upon it and how some species are adapting to a changing world."

Topics: TV and Film, BBC

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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