Life on Air

July 28, 2019 - Comment

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited. His first job – after Cambridge University and two years

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly six decades, and in this volume of memoirs Sir David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places he has visited. 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 BBC2 (1965-68), during which time he introduced colour television to Britain, then Director of Programmes for the BBC (1969-1972). However, 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 is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1985. He is also Britain’s most respected, trusted and lauded natural history broadcaster and writer, championing conservation and standing at the forefront of issues concerning the planet’s declining species. A lot has changed since his first television documentary, and in this updated edition of Life on Air Sir David tells us of his experiences of filming in the 21st century.

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Anonymous says:

A Master Of His Craft With any biography the early historical references can sometimes seem distant from what you know of the subject. However, it is vital ti appreciate what drove David to do what he has done . When remembering some of his work, it makes you wonder just how it is done and this is where the technical details come in. Davis is truly a master of his craft and this helps you to appreciate him all the more.

Anonymous says:

Three Stars Content I’m sure is fine. The font size must only be 6- crazily small- magnifying glass needed.

Anonymous says:

Life on Air Autobiographies come and go but ‘Life on Air’ by Sir David Attenborough, the greatest communicator the world has known is without doubt a must read. I buy this book as gifts for people that are passionate about the natural world and it never fails to raise a laugh and impress.

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