Saturday, 23 October 2010

Attenborough's Journey - The Making of 'First Life'

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Attenborough's Journey BBC Two, 8:00pm Sun, 24 Oct 2010

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Follow David Attenborough as he travels the globe to film his new series 'First Life', in which he explores the very origins of life on Earth.

As a prelude to the 'First Life series', Attenborough's Journey provides a unique insight into the mind and character of one of the world's most iconic broadcasters as he shares his passions for the natural world. David journeys to the parts of the world which have had special meaning to him during his 50 years of broadcasting. Beginning near his boyhood Leicestershire home, where he first collected fossils, he then travels to Morocco's arid deserts, the glaciers of Canada and crystal clear waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Combining his global journey for First Life and archive material looking back at his illustrious career both as a programme maker and a controller of the BBC, the film reveals what makes him tick.

Read more on the Atlantic Productions website

Sir David Attenborough, being filmed for 'First Life' with a sponge - Atlantic Productions

Sir David Attenborough, being filmed for 'First Life' - Atlantic Productions

Sir David Attenborough has always loved fossils
"When I was growing up in the Midlands, the rocks and limestone you found were full of the most magical things," he recalls. "You hit a stone and it suddenly fell open, and there was this amazing coiled shell, beautiful and extraordinary, and nobody had seen that for 150 million years, except you." He found the experience romantic and exciting. And it appealed to his small boy's instinct of collecting things. "To be honest I don't think I've really lost that," he says.

Read more about Davids passion with fossils and prehistoric life on 'Earth News'

1 comment:

  1. Went to the island of Yap recently in Micronesia and the owner said the BBC / Discovery channel had been to film for a series starting in Nov/Dec , asked the owner of the dive shop , we also acted as a guide , specialist etc if Mr Attenborough was amongst the team , of course he didnt know names . But said one of the main guys was a really tall man ! Would love to know and see some footage , Yap is an amazing place !