Attenborough Anecdote

Attenborough Anecdote from Anthony Geffen

I remember going to David’s house one day to look at the script that he was writing for Flying Monsters, our first 3D film together.  He handed me the script which included a sequence of David hang gliding over Lyme Regis with a 50 foot giant pterosaur. 

I immediately said “Have you ever done hang gliding before?” and he said “No, but I'd like to try it”.

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Attenborough Anecdote by Miles Barton

"Life of Birds was the first of your series I worked on and I was very lucky to be able to visit some great birdwatching spots with you including the Seychelles, South Africa, Thailand and the forests of Southern Australia. And after all that we managed to make a reasonably interesting show all about eggs! 

But Mike Salisbury wanted a sequence of rainbow lorikeets using their feathered tongues to lap nectar for his feeding programme so we dutifully obliged.

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Attenborough Anecdote - by Stephen Dunleavy

“I remember filming harvester ants with David in the middle of the Arizonan desert.

We were invited by the scientist working with us to a dinner with her students at a nearby research station. After a quick change back at our lodge we all piled into our MPV, but David was the last out of his room and we realised all the seats were taken. Several team members offered up their seats but David being David said he would happily hop in the back -  the back in this case was the boot! 

 

In he got and we drove the short distance along a dirt road to the research station.

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Attenborough Anecdote - Behind the Scenes on Life on Earth by John Sparks

Continuing our NHN Anthology of Anecdotes season to celebrate David Attenborough's 90th Birthday, we follow Alastair Fothergill's story of nearly killing David with a contribution by John Sparks. 

John was Head of the BBC NHU between 1983 and 1988 and was responsible for directing one of television’s most memorable episodes of David’s encounter with mountain gorillas! 

 

 

"During the late 1970s when we were making Life on Earth, David, although well known, was not the celebrated star that he is today.

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