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Green Planet Viewers Stunned By David Attenborough's Strength In New Series

Anish Vij

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Green Planet Viewers Stunned By David Attenborough's Strength In New Series

Viewers of The Green Planet have been left stunned over David Attenborough's strength and stamina after he paddled across a Croatian lake. Watch below:


As a part of his new BBC One series, the 95-year-old was visiting the world heritage site of Falling Lakes in Plitvice as he reportedly refused to be rowed back to shore and opted to do it himself.

The old saying - age is just a number - definitely applies as Attenborough seemed to seriously impress viewers at home.

One fan wrote: “David Attenborough is 95 years old and The Green Planet have got him rowing boats near waterfalls and hauling heavy underwater cameras.

“I suppose he’ll be deep-sea diving next week?”

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Someone else added: “Catching up on tonight’s The Green Planet and they have David Attenborough rowing on his own by a waterfall in the opening? 

"The man is 95 and a national treasure. I’d hate to cotton-wool someone, but gosh knows what the health and safety forms looked like for that one."

A third was full of praise for the nature historian for living life to the fullest.

They commented: “Look at David Attenborough, 95 years old, rowing down a huge river... Marvellous.”

BBC bosses revealed to The Mirror how the presenter didn't actually allow producers and camera crew to row him back to land.

Show boss Mike Gunton said: "I was with him in the boat, partly because I’m directing him but also because he’s out in the middle of the lake and I’ve got to be careful that nothing goes wrong.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

"I was a rower when I was at university so I think I’m quite good, but he wasn’t having any of it. 

"He rowed us all the way back, about a third of a mile. I was impressed. That’s a heavy old boat."

The five-part series is split into five different worlds, in which plants inhabit – Tropical Worlds, Water Worlds, Seasonal Worlds, Desert Worlds and Human Worlds. 

The show had to be filmed over four years due to Covid travel restrictions.

The debut show was watched by 5.5 million people and the next episode of The Green Planet is set to continue next Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: David Attenborough, BBC, TV and Film

Anish Vij
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