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There's A New Sir David Attenborough Show On Its Way

There's A New Sir David Attenborough Show On Its Way

It's been almost a year since Blue Planet II aired and for most of us that's far too long to go without hearing the soothing voice of Sir David Attenborough. Sure, we'll always have our box sets, but what we really want from the ideal grandpa is a new show to get our teeth in to.

And do I have good news for you? Yes. Yes, I do, because Sir Dave is fronting a brand-new show as part of the BBC's Natural History line-up.

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Sir David will be appearing in Jumbo: The Life Of An Elephant Superstar and I already can't wait.

The one-off special is set to follow Sir David as he looks into the life and death of Jumbo - dubbed the world's most famous elephant and the inspiration behind Disney's Dumbo. I'm already crying.

I mean, I'm still getting over his heart-wrenching ending to Planet Earth II.

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According to the BBC, Attenborough will be given unique access to Jumbo's skeleton, which is held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Working alongside a team of scientists, elephant experts and conservationists, our man, David, will "unravel the complex and dramatic history of what many thought was the largest elephant in the world."

How amazing does this sound?

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Jumbo first appeared in London Zoo in 1865 and was said to be a firm favourite with Queen Victoria and her children. But despite being popular with the punters, Jumbo had a different side to his personality and would regularly smash up his house, break his own tusks and have to be kept quiet with 'large amounts of alcohol'.

The elephant was eventually shipped off to the States, where he became an even bigger hit, attracting 20 million visitors before 'tragically and mysteriously' dying.

Well, if anyone can crack the case, it's Sir David.


As well as investigating the life of Jumbo, Attenborough will be looking at elephants in the wild to try and get a better understanding of Jumbo's behaviour. He will examine how our attitude of elephants in captivity has changed over the years.

An official air date hasn't been announced yet, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

But if that isn't quite enough Davey-boy for you then sit tight, because Blue Planet II is also set to hit our screens soon.

Speaking about the new show, Sir David told the BBC: "I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known."

We're thrilled, too, pal.

Sources: BBC

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Blue Planet, BBC, Sir David Attenborough

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]