Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories, Part 1
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Nature: Attenborough's Life Stories, Part 1

Wednesday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.

“I’ve been lucky enough to live through what well might be considered the golden age of natural history filmmaking.” – Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough was eight years old in 1934 when he saw his first natural history film.  

It featured the popular naturalist Cherry Kearton, one of the earliest pioneers of wildlife photography and filmmaking.  “Kearton’s films captured my childish imagination,” says Attenborough.  “It made me dream of traveling to far off places to film wild animals.”

Years later, those dreams became an illustrious reality.  For over half a century, Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural history filmmaking, witnessing an unparalleled period of change in our planet’s history.  His first-hand accounts offer a unique perspective on the natural world. 

As he marks his 60th anniversary on television, "Nature" presents "Attenborough’s Life Stories," a three-part retrospective of his life and work.

In part one, Attenborough returns to his old haunts in Borneo. He recalls the challenges of filming on a seething pile of guano in a bat cave, especially when the lights went out, and how to catch a komodo dragon. 

One of the many innovations developed during his long career include digital slow motion cameras. One such camera caught one of Attenborough’s favorite moments: tricking a lovesick hoverfly into thinking that the objects Attenborough was shooting out of a peashooter were females whizzing by.

Pictured above: Attenborough on location in Sabah, Borneo.
At right: A Mountain tree shrew on a Rajah pitcher plant in Borneo.