National treasure. Icon. Broadcaster. Documentarian. Historian. Environmentalist. BAFTA winner. Emmy Award winner. Bezzie mates with the Queen.
For f*ck’s sake, his full title is Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FSA!
I don’t even have a middle name.
In fact, I need to add another accolade to that list – he’s amazingly humble. Remember when he told reporters that he didn’t like being called a national treasure? Cuteness.
Now he’s questioning why so many young people are “obsessed” with him.
Sir David is currently busy doing the press rounds promoting his brand new show Seven Worlds, One Planet.
In a recent interview with the BBC to promote the new documentary series, Sir David admitted that he finds his growing popularity amongst the environmentally-woke youth of today a tad bizarre.
“It’s very odd,” he laughs. “But the fact remains I’ve been at it 60 years. You can say nobody under the age of 75 can have been without my voice coming from the corner of the room at various times and that must have an effect.
“It’s a huge advantage for me because you go there with some sort of reputation and people are aware of you, and in a sense you’ve been part of the family for quite a long time, which is an extraordinary obligation really and a privilege.
“I’m sure there’s a hell of a lot of young people saying ‘for God’s sake why don’t they move over, give the others a chance.'”
Literally, no one is saying that, David. No one.
He might find his new-found fame amongst the Gen Z’s a tad odd, but that certainly doesn’t stop him from supporting the yoiung, environmentally-conscious generation.
Sir David recently praised young Swedish climate change activist, Greta Thunberg.
When quizzed about Greta, Sir David said:
“Greta Thunberg is there because of her passion, her insight and her concern about the future.”
I’d get that tattooed on me if I were Greta.
Seven Worlds, One Planet looks classic Attenborough.
Focusing on the history of continents and their effect on shaping the animal kingdom, it’s set to explore all the continents in a single series.
In terms of the show’s official synopsis, we’re told that “millions of years ago, incredible forces ripped apart the Earth’s crust creating seven extraordinary continents. Seven Worlds, One Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough, will reveal how each distinct continent has shaped the unique animal life found there.
“This series will feature remarkable, new animal behaviour from all the continents including the baking plains of Africa and the frozen waters off Antarctica. In Asia, the biggest of all continents, we will showcase life at the extremes, whilst in Europe we will reveal surprising wildlife dramas hidden right alongside us.”
Catch Seven Worlds, One Planet on BBC One at 6.15pm on Sunday 27 October and then BBC iPlayer shortly after that.
We love you, David.
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Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.