Sir. David. Attenborough.
I don’t have a grandad but if I did, I’d want that man to be David Attenborough.
Hell, I’d have even taken him as my secondary school geography teacher – god knows he’d have been a damn sight better than the one I did have (I think he got caught having off with a sixth former).
Until now, Sir David Attenborough becoming your geography teacher would be the work of some mad fiction, but it’s (sort of) becoming a reality, as he will begin educating pupils from Monday morning (today) as part of the BBC’s offering to help school children during the coronavirus pandemic.
The legendary presenter will explain topics such as oceans and animals, while explaining how humans map the world.
All invaluable stuff – and perfect if you’ve got a kid at home who’s in some desperate need of learning.
The lessons will be available on BBC Bitesize Daily on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button, and all elements have been developed with teaching professionals.
There will be six 20-minute programmes each day, aimed at different age groups, with a number of other famous faces taking part.
Professor Brian Cox will also be teaching key science topics while Manchester City ace Sergio Agueroooooooooo will get the kids counting in Spanish.
And of course, EastEnders actor Danny Dyer – who happens to be a direct descendant of King Edward III – will be teaching children all about Henry VIII as part of his history lessons.
Alice Webb, director of BBC Children’s & Education said: ‘We’re proud that the BBC can bring together so many people to offer such a wide-ranging package of support to help children and parents right across the UK at such a challenging time.
‘We said the BBC would be there for people through this crisis, and we meant it. It’s vital that every child is able to continue learning – and the lessons we’re putting on will make sure they have fun at the same time.’
And if that’s not enough for you, David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet hit TV screens last night.
A Life On Our Planet sees Attenborough look back on his life’s work, reflecting on the defining moments of his career and the devastating changes to our eco-system that he’s witnessed.
The presenter also uses the knowledge he’s accumulated to look to the future and address some of the biggest challenges facing life on earth.
Described as “honest, revealing and urgent”, the film reportedly gives “a powerful, first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations”.
You can currently stream it on Netflix – check out the trailer below:
Images via Netflix/BBC