Attenborough: 60 Years In The Wild
The British naturist’s incredible journey
David Attenborough is pretty much one of the world’s wonders himself these days and this 3 disc set is the perfect tribute to a man who has revolutionized natural history programming.
It’s both a ‘greatest hits’ of memorable clips from his shows and an affable memoir, in which he looks at how his shows were conceived, evolved and shot, and the science that underpin them. One episode is also devoted to conservation, with Attenborough admitting that his early series such as Zoo Quest – in which he helped capture tropical animals for the London Zoo – would certainly be frowned upon these days. That said, the historical footage is fascinating stuff: as well as black and white clips of an impossibly young Attenborough gallivanting enthusiastically through the wild, there is also material from his own BBC mentors, plus the first natural history film he ever saw, a creaky 1934 short from Cherry Kearton. As well as the three part 60 Years In The Wild, this set also include Attenborough’s Ark, a BBC special in which he selects the ten favourite animals he would most like to save from extinction. It’s available on both DVD and Blu-ray, but dedicated fans should opt for the High Def version.