Sir David Attenborough has garnered status as a national treasure in a career spanning more than 70 years.
He’s graced our televisions to present us with the beauty of nature across the world, sorting out many a Sunday for us by providing an end-of-week dosage of Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and more.
Now, it looks like the 96-year-old intrepid explorer and legend of our screens is hanging up the snow boots and binoculars before bowing out with a final series, ‘Wild Isles’. Sir David Attenborough’s last hurrah will take place in the British Isles and Ireland to put a close to the finest of legacies.
While you may be all about Attenborough’s dulcet tones speaking over the deep depths of the ocean, or a stampede of elephants, his next series will showcase the wildlife we perhaps don’t always appreciate here in the UK & Ireland.
This series will mark the first showing him in front of the camera since Green Planet, which was filmed four years ago, with Attenborough said to be presenting and narrating.
As reported in The Observer, he is understood to not be retiring, but making a conscious decision to no longer travel. Speaking to the newspaper, series producer Alistair Fothergill said: “He introduces every episode and closes every episode with very powerful pieces about the fact that, as this is our home, it’s our responsibility to try to restore nature.”
It marks the first time that the blue-chip production methods behind Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth have been used to showcase the wildlife in this country. ‘Wild Isles’ is co-produced with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the World Wide Fund for Nature, and will air every Sunday evening at 8pm on BBC One.