Sir David Attenborough in the winners' room at the 2018 National Television Awards. Held at The O2 Arena, this year's winners included Ant & Dec, Suranne Jones and David Walliams among others - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Sir David Attenborough has openly criticised fellow broadcaster Bear Grylls for the treatment of animals on Channel 4's 'The Island'.
The veteran broadcaster, whose ‘Blue Planet II’ series recently received millions of viewers and a deluge of critical acclaim, hit out at Grylls in a new interview with The Sun this week.
In Grylls’ latest series ‘The Island’, animals such as pigs, crocodiles and turkeys were killed as parts of challenges. When asked for his views about these exploits, Attenborough replied: “We've never killed an animal… Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself. I wouldn't willingly kill an animal just to get a shot.”
The band are working with Zimmer on a new orchestral version of 'Bloom' for 'Blue Planet II's preview.
Radiohead have announced that they are teaming up with renowned film soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer to work on the score for the BBC’s upcoming natural history series ‘Blue Planet II’.
The acclaimed English rockers are re-recording their 2011 song ‘Bloom’, from their album The King of Limbs, in an orchestral version inspired by the sounds of the sea for the new Sir David Attenborough-fronted series.
Titled ‘(ocean) bloom’, the piece will be featured in a five-minute prequel snippet that will be released on September 27th.
Boaty Sub aka Boaty McBoatface - NERC's new £200m state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. New polar research ship, Sir David Attenborough Following a call for suggestions that sparked global interest, Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough has been selected as a name that captures the ship's scientific mission and celebrates the broadcaster's contribution to natural science. The name was revealed today by Science Minister Jo Johnson, who also announced the government will be investing up to £1m in a new Polar Explorer programme to engage young people and inspire the scientists, engineers and explorers of the future. The decision to name the ship after Sir David Attenborough comes only days before Sir David's 90th birthday and is in recognition of his legacy in British broadcasting, inspiring a love of the natural world over generations. In a career spanning six decades, Sir David has presented critically acclaimed wildlife documentaries on the BBC including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. Reflecting the global interest that the campaign drew, Science Minister Jo Johnson has also confirmed the popular suggestion Boaty McBoatface will live on as the name of one of the high-tech remotely operated sub-sea vehicles. The 'Boaty' sub-sea vehicle will be dispatched from RRS Sir David Attenborough to allow the ship's research crew to collect data and samples from the deepest waters of the Arctic and Antarctic. NERC Chief Executive Duncan Wingham said: "The NERC Name Our Ship campaign has engaged the public with the ship's mission on a huge scale and we are very grateful for the support and enthusiasm shown by the public in contributing to naming for our new research vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough. The new Polar Explorer programme will continue to inspire future generations in this important area of environmental science. We are also very happy to recognise the overall popular choice throug - - Thursday 27th December 2012
The legendary British broadcaster gets his first non-extinct British species named after him
Sir David Attenborough has brought education, enjoyment and flora, forna and animal appreciation to so many over his illustrious career that it was only a matter of time before he was recognised by the wildlife he so loves from his own country.
Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with nature documentaries
Finally that time has come with the British naturalist legend, 88, lending his name to a new plant found in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
Continue reading: Welsh Plant Named After Sir David Attenborough
Bjork's fans will adore this film, which captures the last night of her Biophilia world tour with remarkable artistry and an attention to detail. Those who don't know her work might find it somewhat hard-going. Bjork's music is thematically deep and aurally complex, but the songs are often atonal. None are very easy to hum along with. Still, the creative filmmaking offers some ideas for future concert documentaries.
In September 2013 at Alexandra Palace in North London, Bjork gave the final live performance of her Biophilia song cycle about the elements and nature. So it's only natural that the film is introduced with narration from David Attenborough. On-stage, Bjork interacts with musicians Manu Delago and Matt Robertson, as well as a large choir of women from Iceland walking barefoot around her as they sing in eerie harmony. Filmmakers Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland then take the imagery from her video screens and layer it onto the movie. So for much of the film it looks like Bjork is performing on a stage floating in outer space, alongside a gigantic squid or erupting volcano. Then eventually the crowd resolves around her, participating in this celebration of the natural world.
With that Attenborough opening and Bjork's cheeky expressions, there's a nicely witty undercurrent to the whole film. And the cameras capture the performance from askance angles that reveal unexpected things about the amazing instruments Bjork has created with her musicians. Not only do they sound beautiful, but they are just as fascinating to explore with our eyes as the outrageous plasticky onion-white dress she's wearing. Accompanying this is an unusually sharp audio mix that lets us hear every sound. Although this only makes us wish we could understand the lyrics of the songs, which are often strange and moody and hardly seem like songs at all.
Continue reading: Bjork: Biophilia Live Review
Sir David Attenborough is heading back to Australia to explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Sir David Attenborough is returning to the Great Barrier Reef for a brand new series for BBC One. Sir David first filmed on the Reef in 1957 though is returning to explore the "astounding and unforgettable beauty."
Sir David Attenborough is heading back to Australia
Describing it as the "rainforest of the ocean," Sir David said: "I'm very excited to be returning with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way."
Continue reading: Sir David Attenborough Returning To Great Barrier Reef. We Can't Wait.
Bjork brought her Biophilia tour to London this week.
Bjork's 2011 album Biophilia, exploring the relationship between nature, technology and music, was considered one of the better efforts of that year, though the supporting live show appears to have eclipsed it. The show - launched two years ago alongside a series of short-lived apps for iPad and iPhone - arrived at London's Alexandra Palace this week.
It began with a recorded preamble from broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who told the audience they are "on the brink of a revolution that will reunite humans with nature through new technological innovations." Anyone who caught the unlikely duo's Channel 4 documentary exploring music and how it exists in the natural world will have known they were in for a treat.
Despite the complex song structures, thrilling stage design and Bjork's signature delivery, one thing was missing from Ally Pally, camera phones.
Continue reading: Bjork Rocks London's Alexandra Palace, A Camera Phone-Free Zone
Everybody knows, Badgers love "Mash por-tatooooe!!" (Not being culled).
If you were a British child growing up in the nineties, you'll realise how exciting the news of the return of Bodger and Badger is.
The ventriloquist actor and his "talking" furry, potato-loving badger companion entertained scores of youngsters through nine series and 10 years from 1989 to 1999 with seemingly endless mashed potato jokes. But the duo's return is underpinned by a more serious note: the two B's have made their comeback in a one-off episode about the planned culling of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire - measures that are planned to supposedly rid the country's farms of bovine tuberculosis.
Brian May: Part Of "Team Badger."
Continue reading: Bodger & Badger Speak Out Against Badger Cull With New Clip [Video]
David Attenborough's nature documentaries are some of the best loved programming from the UK, indeed Attenborough is probably one of the best loved people in the UK. However, Dr Brett Mills from the University of East Anglia has recently published a paper criticising the broadcaster for presenting a potentially falsified version of events in his descriptions of the animals' behaviours.
As the Telegraph reports, Dr Mills, whose paper is published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, highlights specific scenes in Sir Attenborough's documentaries which he believes have been misconstrued. For instance, male chimpanzees having a cuddle was described by Attenborough as 'bonding', but Dr Mills notes that this could in fact be "driven by sexual motives." Furthermore, Attenborough describes many animals' behaviours as being in the context of a 'family', which is arguably a human concept which does not relate to many species.
"The central role in documentary stories of pairing, mating and raising offspring commonly rests on assumptions of heterosexuality within the animal kingdom." Dr Mills said, "This is despite a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates that many non-human species have complex and changeable forms of sexual activity, with heterosexuality only one of many possible options."
Brian Cox made physics sexy, so they say. Now, David Attenborough, age 86, as he celebrates an indomitable 60 years of broadcasting, has said that he would eventually like to pass over natural history responsibilities to Cox.
"If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox," Attenborough generously stated. While the prospect of our television screens not being graced by the presence and sound of Attenborough's voice over the sight of a dancing bird is a terrifying one, Cox is probably the best option.
What Attenborough has done so well in achieving is igniting interest in the world around us. He provides largely useless information (given that few of us live in the depths of the Madagascan rainforest, or the coldest, darkest regions of the Arctic) but makes it utterly invaluable viewing and listening. His shows are a talking point for the watercooler, for the pub, for the dining table. Likewise, in many respects, Cox has done a similar thing for the big wide universe and all its mysteries, making what seems to be the unknowable - stars millions of light years away, or histories so far back it's beyond our normal comprehension - seem far more knowable in analogies and phrases that bring the sky down to earth.
David Attenborough has gone on a biting rant again the current state of celebrity culture in Britain today, admitting that as far as he is concerned, the world has changed and not for the better.
Speaking to press after his Best Documentary win at the National Television Awards last week, Attenborough bemoaned the current state of television and the seemingly endless reel of talentless nobodies that are thrust into the the limelight after achieving next to nothing. “Celebrities? God help us,” Sir David said, “I don’t feel like a celebrity. The word has changed."
The national treasure went on further, saying: “A celebrity these days means someone famous for having done nothing at all. Famous for being famous. I think it is rather sad. We don’t have complex relationships any more and it’s easier to look at lives on screen than be interested in your own.”
Date of birth
8th May, 1926