David Attenborough

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Biologist • Broadcaster • Historian • Host

Birth Name: David Richard Attenborough

Birth Date: May 8, 1926

Age: 98 years old

Birth Place: London, England, UK

Siblings: Richard Attenborough

Sir David Frederick Attenborough was born on May 8, 1926 in Islesworth, Middlesex, England. He and his brothers, including future actor Richard Attenborough, were raised on the campus grounds of University College, Leicester, where his father was employed as part of the faculty. Richard developed an interest in nature and wildlife early in life, fostered by childhood collections and the attendance of lectures and presentations on animals and conservation. After two years of study at Clare College, Cambridge, Attenborough was drafted by the Royal Navy. He returned to civilian life by 1950, shortly after which point he got married and assumed a job as a producer and television presenter for the BBC, specifically for science and nature-oriented projects. In 1957, Attenborough and company launched the network's Travel and Exploration Unit, through which he continued to produce nature series. In the 1960s, Attenborough was instrumental in reshaping the nascent BBC Two with a more sophisticated bent than his predecessors had lain. Though by 1969 he had ascended to an executive position overseeing the BBC and BBC Two, the '70s saw Attenborough return to his preferred position of hands-on work with broadcasts. Among the major projects to spawn from this era were "Wildlife on One" (BBC One 1977-2005) and  "Life on Earth" (BBC One 1979), both of which he narrated. Attenborough's later projects of renown included "The Blue Planet" (BBC One 2001) and "Planet Earth" (BBC One 2006), and "Seven Worlds, One Planet" (BBC One 2019).

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Mammals: Making Of

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2024

Mammals

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2024

Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough

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2024

Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster

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2024

Planet Earth III: Making Of

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2024

Seven Deadly Psychologies

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2023

The Planet Earth Podcast

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2023

Planet Earth IIIStream

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2023
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그레이트 배리어 리프

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Our Planet IIStream

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Wild IslesStream

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2023
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The Earthshot PrizeStream

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2022

Frozen Planet IIStream

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Prehistoric PlanetStream

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2022
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Climate Crisis: Extinction

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Climate Crisis: Wildfires

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2022

David Attenborough's Dragons and Damsels

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2022

The Queen: 70 Glorious Years

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2022

The Green Planet: The Making Of

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2022

Michael Palin's Travels of a Lifetime

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2022

The Green PlanetStream

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2022
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Attenborough's Wonder of Song

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2022

Dinosaurs: The Final Day with David Attenborough

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2022

Attenborough and the Mammoth Graveyard

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2021

El Premio Earthshot: Reparando nuestro planeta

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2021

Attenborough's Global AdventureStream

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2021

Seat at the Table

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2021

Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough

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2021

The Earthshot Prize

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2021

The Earthshot Prize

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Listening through the Lens: The Christopher Nupen Films

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2021

The Mating GameStream

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Loghz Teneen Al Bahar

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2021

David Attenborough's Global Adventure: The Rise of Nature

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Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our PlanetStream

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2021
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A Perfect Planet: The Making Of

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2021

The Year the Earth ChangedStream

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2021

David Attenborough's Global Adventure: Home Planet

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Life in Color With David AttenboroughStream

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2021

Life in Colour With David Attenborough

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2021

Wildlife: New Father Thames

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2021

A Perfect Planet

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2021

Zmiany Klimatu: Fakty

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2021

David Attenborough's Global Adventure

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2020

Nijlpaarden, Afrika's rivierreuzen

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2020

The David Attenborough Interview

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2020

Extinction: The Facts

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2020

Planet Earth: A Celebration

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2020

Singapore's Secret Forests

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2020

Beyond the CanvasStream

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2020

Wild India

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2020

Deep Ocean: Giants of the Antarctic Deep

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Wild Karnataka

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2020

Das Forum - Rettet Davos die Welt?

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2020

Seven Worlds, One Planet: The Making Of

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2020

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

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2020

Whale Wisdom

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2019

The Hunt: The Making Of

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2019

Seven Worlds, One PlanetStream

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2019

Sir David Attenborough's Full Interview with Tom Tilley

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2019

Our Planet: Behind the Scenes

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2019

Hippos: Africa's River Giants

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2019

Auf Leben und Tod

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2019

Climate Change: The Facts

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2019

Our PlanetStream

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2019
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Wild Karnataka

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2019

7.30: The Interviews

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2018

Dynasties

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2018

Planet Earth: DynastiesStream

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2018

The Planet Collection

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2018

Secrets of Wild India: Kings of The Jungle

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2018

Blue Planet II: The Making Of

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2018

David Attenborough's Tasmania

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2018

Devil's Advocate

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2018

Pangolins - The Worlds Most Wanted Animal

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2018

Radio 1 Meets

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2018

Lo mejor de David Attenborough

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2018

The Queen's Green Planet

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2018

Blue Planet II: Making Of

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2018

Attenborough's Wonder of Eggs

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2018

Attenborough and the Pre-Historic Sea Monster

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2018

The Making of David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef

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2018

People of Science with Professor Brian Cox

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2018

Attenborough and the Sea Dragon

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2018

The Queen's Green Planet

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2018

The Living Thames

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2018

The Kiwi, The Knight & The Qashqai

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2018

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

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2017

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

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2017

Attenborough and the Giant Elephant

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2017

David Attenborough's Puerto Rico

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2017

Hotel Armadillo

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2017

Mijenjamo Svijet

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2017

Singapur - Im Großstadtdschungel - Wilde Inseln

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2017

Blue Planet IIStream

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2017
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Blue Planet IIStream

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2017
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Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants

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2017

Attenborough's Big Birds

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2017

Attenborough: Dippy And The Whale

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2017

David Attenborough's Richmond Park

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2017

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment

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2017

Planet Earth II Diaries

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2017

Attenborough's Birds of Paradise

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2017

Die Superkolonie: Waldameisen ganz groß

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2017

Planet Earth IIStream

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2016
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Wild City (Singapore)

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2016

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

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2016

Attenborough's Fabulous Frogs

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2016

David Attenborough's Fishing Leopards

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David Attenborough's Zoo Quest in Colour

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2016

Attenborough's Life That Glows

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2016

Attenborough at 90

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2016

Attenboroughs levande ljus

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2016

Attenborough's Passion Projects

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2016

Attenborough's Passion Projects

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2016

O Micromundo dos Artrópodes

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2016

David Attenborough's Wild City

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2016

Attenborough: Behind the Lens

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2016

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

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2016

Jaguar: Supercat

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2016

A Plastic Ocean

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2016

The Hole: How Maggie and Ronnie Saved the World

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2016

Leuchtfeuer des Lebens - Light on Earth

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2016

A Plastic Ocean

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2016

Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough

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2015

Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough

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2015

Cue The Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech

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2015

Cougars Undercover

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2015

The HuntStream

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2015

Africa: The Future

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Africa: The Future

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Planet Earth: The Making of Africa

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2015

Legends of the Deep: Deep Sea Sharks

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2015

David Attenborough Meets President Obama

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President Obama Meets David Attenborough

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Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places

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2015

VE Day 70

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2015

Life Story: The Making Of

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2015

Life Story: The Making Of

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Africa's Fishing Leopards

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Fishing Leopards

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Attenborough's Paradise Birds

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2015

På scen: David Attenborough

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2015

Världens fakta: Konsten att flyga

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2015

David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies

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2015

David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies

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2015

David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies

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2015

Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar

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2014

SRF DOK

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2014

Life StoryStream

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Life StoryStream

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Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

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Delfines: Pensadores Profundos

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2014

Prisma

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2014

Så gör djuren

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2014

Grandi meraviglie della natura

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2014

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive

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2014

David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive

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2014

zeit.geschichte

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2014

Auf Entdeckungsreise

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2014

Auf Entdeckungsreise

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2014

Auf Entdeckungsreise

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2014

Björk: Biophilia Live

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2014

Plants Behaving Badly

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2013

David Attenborough: Animal Attraction

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2013

Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar

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2013

David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates

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2013

David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates

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2013

Making David Attenborough's Micro Monsters

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2013

Animal House

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2013

Micro Monsters

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2013

Micro Monsters

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2013

Micro Monsters

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2013

Wild Cameramen at Work

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2013

Tweet of the Day

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2013

Tweet of the Day

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2013

Attenborough's Ark

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Flying Monsters with David Attenborough

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2013

Flying Monsters with David Attenborough

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2013

The Living Planet

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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

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2013

Frozen Planet on Thin Ice

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2013

Afrique sauvage

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2013

Afrique sauvage

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2013

Africa

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2013

Africa

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2013

Galapagos with David Attenborough

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2013

Galapagos with David Attenborough

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2013

Making Attenborough's Galapagos

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2013

When Björk Met Attenborough

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2013

Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild

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2012

The Bachelor King

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2012

Kingdom of Plants

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2012

Kingdom of Plants

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2012

Superfish: Bluefin Tuna

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2012

Life Stories

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2012

Attenborough's Giant Egg

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2012

Winterwatch

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2012

Wild India

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2012

Secrets of Wild India

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2012

Secrets of Wild India

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CBS This Morning

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2012

Hot Tuna

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2012

The Penguin King

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2012

The Penguin King

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2012

Frozen PlanetStream

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2011

The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

Madagascar

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2011

Madagascar

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2011

7.30

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2011

Attenborough and the Giant Egg

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2011

Attenborough and the Giant Egg

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2011

Superfish: Fastest Predator

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2011

Madagascar Diaries

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2011

Madagascar

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2011

Madagascar

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2011

Making David Attenborough's Flying Monsters

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2010

Making David Attenborough's Flying Monsters

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2010

Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice

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2010

Attenborough: Saving the Panda

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2010

Un Mundo de Gente

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2010

Fósiles vivientes

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2010

Fósiles vivientes

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2010

Cuckoo

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2010

First Life With David Attenborough

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2010

Attenborough's Journey

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2010

Gorillas Revisited with Sir David Attenborough

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2010

Elsa the Lioness

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2010

Elsa the Lioness

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2010

Lorraine

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2010

Life

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2010

The Attenborough Collection

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2010

Flying Monsters

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2010

LifeStream

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2009

Link

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2009

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

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2009

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

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2009

David Attenborough's Life Stories

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2009

Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link

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2009

Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link

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2009

Percy Edwards Showdown

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2009

Nature's Great EventsStream

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Nature's Great EventsStream

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Skavlan

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2009

Nature's Great Events: Diaries

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2009

Trek: Spy on the Wildebeest

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2008

Fossil Detectives

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2008

Tigre: Espionaje en la jungla

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2008

Life in Cold Blood

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2008

David Attenborough in Paradise

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2008

Spirit of the Mustang

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Planet Earth

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2007

Auf Entdeckungsreise durch Europa

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2007

The One Show

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2006

Your Favourite Attenborough Moment

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2006

Planet Earth

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2006

Planet Earth

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2006

Heroes of Comedy

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2005

Un Universo en Miniatura con David Attenborough

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2005

Un Universo en Miniatura con David Attenborough

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2005

Un Universo en Miniatura con David Attenborough

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2005

Life on Air: David Attenborough's 50 Years in Television

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2003

Briefings

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2003

Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe

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2002

The Life of Mammals

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2002

The Life of Mammals

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2002

The Life of Mammals

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2002

Horizon

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2002

Horizon

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2002

Planet Earth

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2002

Costing the Earth

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2002

Sharing the Earth

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2002

Gorillas: On the Trail of King Kong

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2002

Great Natural Wonders of the World

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2002

The Blue Planet

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2001

The Blue Planet

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2001

The Blue Planet

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2001

Arena

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2001

Living with Dinosaurs

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2000

In Confidence

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2000

Lost Gods of Easter Island

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2000

The Life of Birds by David Attenborough

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1998

The Life of Birds by David Attenborough

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1998

Attenborough in Paradise

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1997

Attenborough in Paradise

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1997

Wildlife on One

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1996

Agent Z and the Penguin From Mars

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1996

Survival Island

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1996

The Private Life of Plants

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1995

Life in the Freezer

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1993

The Trials of Life

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1990

Natural World

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1983

Natural World

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1983

NatureStream

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1982

NatureStream

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1982

Terra X

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1982

CBS News Sunday Morning

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1979

Life on Earth

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1979

Life on Earth

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1979

Life on Earth

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1979

Greenpeace Voyages to Save the Whale

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1977

NOVAStream

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1974

NOVAStream

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1974

A Blank on the Map

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1971

A Blank on the Map

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1971

Vetenskapens värld

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1971

Parkinson

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1971

The Miracle of Bali

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1969

The Miracle of Bali

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1969

60 MinutesStream

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1968

Zambezi

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1965

Zambezi

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1965

Adventure

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1963

Adventure

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1963

The People of Paradise

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1960

The People of Paradise

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1960

Zoo Quest

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1954

Zoo Quest

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1954

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