Most of us who like to see nature-related documentaries are very much aware of the voice, some people may know the name of the person. The legendary naturalist, Broadcaster and narrator who carried nature into our bedroom by sacrificing his own lifetime, his name is ” Sir David Attenborough” To watch his video documentary people can see nature’s happenings, Diversity, evolution and living habits visually, sitting in their rooms. Another feature of the documentaries is David Attenborough’s voice, the whole thing really amazed the people and made the man a legend.
History of the Natural Historian
Born on May 8, 1926, in London, England, Attenborough grew up in, Leicester, England his father was the principal of the local university, and his older brother, Richard Attenborough, became a successful actor and film producer. But since his childhood, David has had a strong interest in nature which made him a naturalist.
From his childhood, he was interested in collecting, fossils, stones, and natural specimens. He was very much inspired by Jacquetta Hawkesan, an English archaeologist and writer.
He also spent much time on the grounds of the university, at the age of 11 he supplied newts to the zoology department, which he offered through his father, supplied for 3d( threepence) each.
Education & Work
He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1947, the year he joined in National Service in the Royal Navy.
In 1952 he quit from Royal Navy and joined a publishing company. Still, after some days he joined as a trainee at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) he became a producer for the Talks department for the BBC. In 1954, David Attenborough and reptile curator Jack Lester collaborated to create the television series Zoo Quest. The show featured live animals filmed in their natural habitats as well as in zoos and was widely popular. Its success expanded the range of educational programming offered by the BBC.
In late 1969, he took the liability of broadcasting two major documentaries from the documentary series “Civilisation”, a television documentary series written and presented by the art historian Kenneth Clark and another documentary called the “Ascent of Man” by British mathematician and historian of science Jacob Bronowski.
These two documentary series inaugurated a new kind of television documentary, putting history, culture and science on coloured screens in such ways which had never been seen before, making BBC Television very popular. But in 1972 he resigned from BBC and worked as a Free Lancer and made several documents like
“Eastwards with Attenborough” is a natural history series that takes place in Southeast East Asia. In 1975, after his return, David Attenborough made a documentary on tribal people called “Tribal Eye”. Later in 1979, he travelled the world to discover the natural world and created a historic natural documentary program called “Life on Earth”.
This was followed by several other series including “The Living Planet” (1984), “The Trials of Life” (1990), “Life in the Freezer” (1993), “The Private Life of Plants” (1995), “The Life of Birds” (1998), “The Life of Mammals” (2002-03), and “Life in the Undergrowth” (2005). In these series, he used stunning photography and innovative camera techniques to show animals. Not only that, David Attenborough even lived with mountain gorillas on location for ‘Life on Earth’ in Rwanda in 1979.
The Journey Towards Wildlife
Long before Bear Grylls slept in a camel carcass, Sir David Attenborough was through the uncharted wilderness to film some of the remotest people on earth. We can’t describe his all works but a little, read it and watch his journey as a Naturalist.
In 1960, after resigning from BBC, Attenborough completed his study in social anthropology at the London School of Economics.
In 1965 he returned to the broadcasting company as a controller of the new BBC 2 channel and broadcasted new comedies such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and an archaeological program called Chronicle. In 1967 he was promoted to the director of programmers for both BBC channels.
As a director, he first launched colour television in Europe. We can say he is the pioneer of Broadcast Colour Television. It’s estimated that millions of people watched the series worldwide, broadcasted by BBC. After that, he made “The Living Planet” (1984) “The Trials of Life” (1990) and so on. A further seven similar ‘Life’ documentaries would follow over the years.
In 1995, he made a documentary named “The Private Life of Plants” and after that he made the most popular and remarkable documentary series called Planet Earth was the BBC’s most expensive nature documentary to date when it was released in high definition in 2006, Attenborough’s Beautiful Voice made the documentary so enjoyable, so beautiful are attaching a part, where you can see how beautifully he described the natural life.
After 2006 he made Saving Planet Earth, He has also narrated A Majestic Celebration: Wild Karnataka, India’s first blue-chip natural history film.
In 2017 he made one of his best documentaries Blue Planet II, an extraordinary document by BBC where the Music Composed by Hans Zimmer.
In 2018 Attenborough narrated a five-part series Dynasties, each episode dealing with one species in particular.
In 2019, Attenborough narrated Our Planet, for Netflix it was an Amazing eight-part documentary series.
In March 2019, He narrated Wild Karnataka, a documentary about the Karnataka forest area.
Now he is working on how the climate is changing and how badly it will affect us. It is amazing that at the age of 97, he is still doing work on behalf of nature. In these documentaries, we can see that experts are examining the consequences of rising temperatures on ice sheets, fragile ecosystems, developing communities and extreme weather events.
It is clear at the age of 97 he is fighting to save nature and to make aware us by showing various natural disasters. If we are still unconscious of our disaster, it is assumed that the human race will face a greater problem in future.
After watching this you may be aware of how serious the matter is. Everybody on the planet must be very careful about the serious impact of global warming. We must follow the legendary man’s vision to save our planet and soon our planet could be a place of good habitat.