Sir David Attenborough is a national treasure who still presents incredible wildlife documentaries despite the fact he is now ninety years old.
Pretty much every person living in Britain recognises his face and probably even more recognise his voice after seeing him on our screen throughout our lifetimes.
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Sir David opened up about his struggle with his memory. He told the paper that he struggles to recall “proper names”, which makes writing his scripts for documentaries difficult.
As Sir David continues to travel and work on Blue Planet II, he admitted he is “coming to terms” with the fact that when it takes longer to find the right words, you can “run into problems”.
In the interview which took place following a trip to the Jura Mountains in Switzerland, he added: “There were these searing yellow fields and I can’t think of the damn name. I wanted to say something about it but I couldn’t and it wasn’t until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape.”
Sir David also revealed that he is not a big fan of technology saying:
“I’m not a big fan of electronic communication. When it comes to making television programmes, I like to think that I know what the latest gear is and what tomorrow’s latest gear is, but maybe I’m deceiving myself.”
It was recently announced David will be lending his expertise to a new series of ‘Blue Planet’, following the huge success of ‘Planet Earth’ last year.
When speaking of the new series which will air 16 years after the first series, he said “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”
The new documentary will hit our screens later this year. Sir David has two appearances in the series. Showing no signs of slowing down, he said he is set to appear in Florida and Dominica.
Speaking more about the documentary he said: “I’ve just come back from Florida where we have been filming spinner sharks. There are 20,000 of them and people don’t even know they’re there. From a helicopter you can see this great column of fish and sharks, and just over there, there are people exercising their dogs on the beach.”
Previously opening up about the exciting new doc, he said: “I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.”
Sir David also discussed his work on conservation. After travelling the world for all these years, he has become an avid campaigner.
“Fifty years ago we thought the natural world was invulnerable so never mentioned any problems. The criticism today is you are showing a false impression of the world, ‘You never show any disaster, illnesses, you don’t show poaching; you ought to be ashamed of yourself’.
“If we only showed the Garden of Eden aspect of the natural world and never any of humanity’s effect on it then we would be culpable, but we do.”